Customise The Office Ribbon So It Makes More Sense

It's not news to Lifehacker regulars that we have very mixed feelings about the Ribbon interface used in Office — there's a demonstrable lack of consistency in how it places some options, for starters. However, it's worth remembering that the ability to customise the Ribbon in Office 2010 means you can solve some of those problems.

Tech writer Helen Bradley provides a great example. While section and page breaks have always been on the Insert menu in earlier versions of Word, they're on the Page Layout tab in Word 2007 and 2010. However, if you use the Customize Ribbon option under the Options setting, you can add a new group to the Insert tab on the Ribbon and place Breaks on there as well. If you're new to the Ribbon, check out our guide to making the most of the interface.

Section Breaks in Word 2007 & 2010


    The only good improvement I've found so far in Office2007+ is the additional sorting abilities of the Data Filter in Excel. Other than that, give me Office2003 any day.

    Sam you're not using some new features, such as SmartArt, improved picture handling, and the quick access toolbar just to name a few.

      Maybe its just ignorance, but I've either never really used the above, or found it to be a significant improvement.

      So far, I've never had anything in Office2007 that I, personally, have not been able to do in Office2003.

    I like lifehacker, but I'm a bit over these 'nothing' posts.

    The article doesn't, in any way, describe how to customise the office ribbon (which is implied in the post's title)

    You guys are better off publishing higher quality articles less frequently, than low quality daily.

    My 2c

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