Customize the ribbon in Word for Mac

Customize the ribbon

You can personalize the Ribbon in Word just the way you like them, showing frequently used commands and hiding the ones you rarely use. You can change default tabs, or create custom tabs and custom groups to contain your frequently used commands.

For information about minimizing or expanding the ribbon see: Minimize or expand the ribbon.

Note: You cannot rename the default commands, change the icons associated with these default commands, or change the order of these commands.

  1. To customize the Ribbon, open or create a document.

  2. Go to the app Preferences and select Ribbon and Toolbar.

    Ribbons and Toolbars button
  3. On the Ribbon tab window, select the commands you want to add or remove from your Ribbon and select the add or remove arrows.

    Ribbon settings panel

    Note: To remove the default tabs or commands like the Home or Insert tab from the Ribbon, uncheck the relevant checkbox in the Customize the Ribbon box.

Here's what you can customize on the Ribbon:

  • Rename the tabs: To rename, select a tab, like Home, Insert, Design in the Customize the Ribbon box, select Office2016_for_Mac_Customize_Ribbon_Settings > Rename.

  • Add new tab or new group: To add new tab or new group, select Office2016 for Mac Customize Ribbon Add Button below the Customize the Ribbon box, and select New tab or New group.

  • Remove tabs: You can remove custom tabs only from the Ribbon. To remove, select your tab in the Customize the Ribbon box and select Office2016 for Mac Customize Ribbon Remove Button .

See also

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