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How to Customize the Ribbon in Word

March 1, 2018

If you’re not completely happy with the Ribbon in Word, don’t worry – there are several ways you can customize it. You can reorder the existing tabs, or you can create your own tabs and groups. If you create a custom group you can then add any commands you like to it. Here’s how you do it.

The Customize Ribbon Menu

Click “File”, and then go to “Options.” Down the list of options to the left, click “Customize Ribbon.” From this screen you can make any changes you want. The menu down the left list all of the icons and commands that you can add to the ribbon, and the list to the right displays the different locations on the ribbon.

Reordering Tabs

You can’t add or remove commands from the default tabs and groups in Word. However, you can reorder the tabs and groups that exist. For example, expand the “Home” tab on the list to the right. In here you can click and hold the group names to reorder them if you like.

Adding Commands

To add commands, you first need to click the “New Group” or “New Tab” button. Once you’ve done that, click your group in the list, then click the command you want to add to it from the list to the left, and then click the “Add” button located between the two lists. You can keep adding as many groups and commands as you like.


One handy way to customize your ribbon is to put commands you use often onto one tab. This will save you a bit of time switching back and forward between tabs. You can boost your productivity a little and save yourself a little hassle at the same time. If you’re an advanced user, you might want to create a custom tab or group to hold some of your commonly used macros.

As you can see, customizing your ribbon is a simple and easy way to make Word a little easier to use. What are you going to put on your custom tab?