Customizing an Office 2010 Program - dummies

Customizing an Office 2010 Program

By Peter Weverka

Part of Office 2010 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Office 2010 has made customizing programs easier than ever. Whether you’re working in Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Outlook 2010, Access 2010, or Publisher 2010, you can take advantage of these customization techniques:

  • Quick Access toolbar: Located in the upper-left corner of the screen, the Quick Access toolbar is always there. Why not make it even more useful? To place any button on the toolbar, right-click it and choose Add to Quick Access Toolbar. Or click the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button (it’s located to the right of the Quick Access toolbar) and choose a button on the drop-down list.

  • Ribbon: Running across the top of all Office programs, the Ribbon offers tabs with commands for accomplishing tasks. To customize the Ribbon and make getting to the commands you need that much faster, right-click the Ribbon and choose Customize the Ribbon. You go to the Customize Ribbon tab of the Options dialog box. From there, you can move tabs and groups on the ribbon, create your own tabs, and create your own groups.

  • Status bar: The status bar along the bottom of the screen gives you information about the file you’re working on. Maybe you want more information — or you think the status bar is too crowded. To change what’s on the status bar, right-click it and select options on the pop-up menu.

  • Changing the color scheme: Office 2010 offers three color schemes to dress up Excel, Outlook, Access, Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint. To change color schemes, start on the File tab, choose Options, select the General category in the Options dialog box, open the Color Scheme drop-down list, and choose Blue, Silver, or Black.