Create a Custom Ribbon

Because we all use our Office software differently, Office 2010 is all about customization, making the experience unique for each individual user. Using the Quick Access and Custom Ribbon functions, users can customize their experience by creating shortcuts to items they use most often. If you often find yourself using the same ten buttons over and over again and the most frequent buttons you use are on multiple ribbons, then creating your own Custom Ribbon may be a solution for you.  You can group together the most frequently used commands in one area and remove any command you don’t use.

Create a Custom Ribbon

  1. On the File tab, select Options, and then Custom Ribbon.
Custom Ribbon

Custom Ribbon

  1. Click New Tab and the New Tab will automatically be added on the right side. A New custom group is also added at the same time.
  2. To give the New Tab a custom name, click on the New Tab (Custom) and Click Rename.
  3. Give the New Tab a Name, and then click OK.
Rename Custom Ribbon

Rename Custom Ribbon

5. On the left side under Choose commands from, click the drop down arrow and choose a tab. For example, I want to combine track changes, and the font group on the same tab, so choose Main Tabs.

Choose Commands from: Popular Commands

Choose Commands from: Popular Commands

6. Click the + sign next to Home to expand the list, select Font, and then click Add.

Add a Group

Add a Group

7. Click the Review, select Tracking, and then click Add.

Add Another Group

Add Another Group

8. So, far we have just added groups, but you can also add individual buttons as well. Let’s add Publish as PDF or XPS. Under Choose Commands from, select File Tab.

9. The list is alphabetical, so scroll down until you see Publish as PDF or XPS.

10. On the right side make sure you have selected your New Group under your New Ribbon, and then click Add.

Add A Command Button

Add A Command Button

11. Click OK. Your New Ribbon will be added to the Tabs!

New Custom Ribbon

New Custom Ribbon