Customizing an Office 2016 Program - dummies

Customizing an Office 2016 Program

By Peter Weverka

Part of Office 2016 All-in-One Cheat Sheet

Office 2016 has made customizing programs easier than ever. Whether you’re working in Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, OneNote 2016, Outlook 2016, Access 2016, or Publisher 2016, 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 applications, the Ribbon offers tabs with commands for doing this, that, and the other thing. 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 background and color theme: Office 2016 offers several ways to dress up Excel, Outlook, Access, OneNote, Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint. To change the background color or choose a different theme, start on the File tab and choose Account to see the Account window. Then open the Office Background and Office Theme drop-down lists and make choices.