How To Customize Office 2013 Ribbon

Microsoft Office 2013 has changed the way of getting things done. There’s so much you can do with it. For instance, you can add videos to the Word document, insert images and even customize the Office 2103 Ribbon with specific, often-used buttons, as well as create your own tabs and add it to the app. Here’s how to do it!

Customize Office 2013 Ribbon

As an example lets choose the Word 2013 program. Open any document, right-click the ribbon area and from the options displayed on the screen, select ‘Customize the Ribbon’.

Customize Office 2013 Ribbon

Now from the Word Options window that pops on your computer screen, look for ‘Main Tabs’ section. At the bottom of it you will find 3 tabs –

  1. New Tab
  2. New Group
  3. Rename

New Tab

Select the first tab. Now, right-click it and select the option ‘Rename’ as shown in the screenshot below.

Rename Tab

Rename the tab to a name of your choice. This will be saved as the display name of that tab.

When done, rename the New Group by right-clicking on it and selecting Rename option. The popup will automatically show up and allow you select a name for the group.

Name tab - 4


Also, select an icon from the Symbol box here that represents the new group. Click OK upon completing the step.

Dialog - 5

Next step, begin adding commands to the newly created tab. Before doing so, choose commands from popular commands or simply have All Commands displayed.

all commands - 6

Then, select the Command you wish to add and click on Add.

commands  7

Once done the created tab will be placed right after the Home tab. Anyhow you can move the tab to a different position on the Ribbon by selecting the tab to be moved and using either the up arrow button or down arrow button for moving it.

command - last

That’s it! Your newly created tab should appear on the Office 2013 Ribbon now.

Hope you find the post useful.

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