How do I access the Customize Ribbon menu in Word 2010, 2013 and 2016?

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This article explains how to access the Customize Ribbon menu, from where you can customise your ribbon. This will link in to posts on customising the ribbon and assigning keyboard short-cuts.

This information applies to Word 2010, 2013 and 2016 for PC.

What is the ribbon in Word?

The ribbon is the set of menus found at the top of your screen in Word which allow you to do all sorts of things, from changing the font to merging documents and adding tables. You can use short-cut keys for some commands, and I’ll explain that in another article. You might call it a toolbar, too. Here it is:

word ribbon

Why would I want to customise the ribbon in Word?

The ribbon in Word is filled with things Microsoft thinks you will want to use, in places it thinks you will look for them. But you might well want to customise it…

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4 thoughts on “How do I access the Customize Ribbon menu in Word 2010, 2013 and 2016?

  1. Hello
    I tried to follow the two links about customizing MS Word and neither of them worked. They are about creating keyboard shortcuts and customizing the MS Word tape. I was able to read a short paragraph on each, then there was another link to take me to the remainder of the article. That link is dead. It shows as blue text, but it isn’t active. I don’t know about any of the other articles in this section because after finding the two dead ones, I didn’t look ay further. You might want to check all of them.

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