Posted by: Charles Maitland | Friday 20 November, 2009

Customising the Office Ribbon – 2010 style

In one of those major about turns that all companies do from time to time Microsoft has accepted that the total lock down of the Office Ribbon bar was, in hindsight, a bit harsh!

So now in Office 2010 we can go back to meddling with our Ribbon, with added value.

We can now have our own “My Tabs”, which can be called anything you want, with commands on them that are most relevant to how you work.

The ability to change  the in-built tabs.

The ability to import and export your tab customisations. This is a nice one, say a team has a set of templates or add-in functions key to their job you can group them once and share them out.

Finally, in a nod to the fact that customising the ribbon was taken out because of the problems it caused Support Desks when every toolbar was different, there is the ability to lock all of this down through group policies.

I have to say that I am really happy about this and I think the key difference to the problems faced by the old toolbar and Office 2007 way of doing things is that users are now much more aware of the ribbon and, most importantly, it is not possible to randomly re-arrange the toolbars by mistake and also drag them onto the working surface or close them by mistake which was the single biggest cause of support calls I had to manage from my one supported users. Yes, you guessed it, my Mother.

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