Office Options (General)

You can view the mini toolbar or enable live preview in Office programs. To see general options for working with Office programs, click File > Options > General.

General options vary depending on the Office program and version you're using, however most programs include the following:

User Interface options

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Start up options

User Interface options

Show Mini Toolbar on selection    Select this option to show the Mini toolbar when you select text. The Mini toolbar provides quick access to formatting tools.

Enable Live Preview    Select this option to preview the effects of formatting changes in the document.

ScreenTip style    Select a style to control whether the program displays screentips and feature descriptions with button names.

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User name     Type a name in the User name box to change your user name.

Initials     Type your initials in the Initials box to change the initials associated with your user name.

Always use these values regardless of sign in to Office     Select this option if you want the program to display this user name and these initials even if you sign in to Office with an account that displays different information.

Office Background     Choose from a list of built-in background patterns.

Office Theme     Choose from a list of built-in Office themes.

Start up options

Tell me if [Program] isn't the default program for viewing and editing documents     Select this option if you want to be prompted to set the Office program as your default application for viewing and editing documents.

Show the start screen when [Program] starts     Clear this check box if you want to bypass the start screen when you open the program.

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See also

Word options (General)

Outlook options (General)

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