Export or import a customized ribbon

Export or import a customized ribbon

You can use customizations to personalize the ribbon the way that you want it, and then share it with other people by exporting your ribbon or you can import a ribbon that someone else has customized.

Important: Ribbon customization is specific to the Microsoft Office program you are working in at the time. Ribbon customization does not apply across the Office programs.

For more information about customizing the ribbon, read Customize the ribbon or watch Video: Customize the ribbon.

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Export a customized ribbon

Import a customized ribbon

Export a customized ribbon

You can export your ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar customizations into a file that can be imported and used by a coworker or on another computer.

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Under Help, click Options.

  3. Click Customize Ribbon.

  4. In the Customize the Ribbon window, click Import/Export.

  5. Click Export all customizations.

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Import a customized ribbon

You can import customization files to replace the current layout of the ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar. By being able to import the customization, you can keep Microsoft Office programs looking the same as your coworkers or from computer to computer.

Important: When you import a ribbon customization file, you lose all prior ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar customizations. If you think that you might want to revert to the customization that you currently have, you should export them before importing any new customizations.

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Under Help, click Options.

  3. Click Customize Ribbon.

  4. In the Customize the Ribbon window, click Import/Export.

  5. Click Import customization file.

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