Tech Tuesday: Customizing the Ribbon

Each Tuesday, pleasureinlearning brings you Tech Tuesday.  Come back each week for more ways to become efficient and effective in your use of technology. 


In Microsoft Office, the area a the top of the screen with all the buttons is called the ribbon.  It is customizable.

Suppose you are a snarky person who regularly uses the strikethrough formatting in your writing.  In Word, there is a button for that, but not in Outlook.  You can still format text with the strikethrough option by clicking the dialog box launcher in the formatting group.  This button is located in the bottom right hand corner of the text editing group and looks like a box with an arrow.  Unfortunately, that method requires three clicks instead of just one.  The good news is that you can add a strikethrough button to the ribbon.

Message Tab

Next time you find yourself wishing for a button, just right click on the ribbon and choose Customize the Ribbon.  Next, choose on the left to see all of the possible commands and on the right to see all of the possible tabs.  You can’t add custom buttons to default groups, so you will have to create a new group on the tab of your choice.  Then, select the command you want and the group that you want and press Add >>.  Viola!

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a video has to be worth 1,000,000.  Check out this video.

Customize Ribbon


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