Replacing a Group on a Ribbon Tab

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 11, 2017)


Jean noted that the largest group shown on the Home tab of the ribbon is the Styles group. She does not use this group at all and wonders if it is possible to remove it from the Home tab of the ribbon and replace it with other commands.

Yes, it is possible, but it is not easy. You can manipulate the Word 2007 ribbon by editing the XML code upon which the ribbon is based. The following page at the Word MVP site provides a good overview of how this is done:

The bottom line is that editing the XML required to manipulate the ribbon tabs is not for the faint of heart or the weak of knees. You may just decide, in the end, that it is easier to leave the Styles group where it is and ignore it. (Or, alternatively, take some time to learn how to use styles; they really can improve the speed and consistency with which your documents are formatted.)

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is 9 - 2?

2017-07-12 05:05:30

Johann Swart

Instead of trying to eliminate the Styles group from the Home tab, why not just empty that little window where all the styles are crammed in (right click on a style, and select "Remove from Quick Style Gallery"). My styles list (Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S) is permanently docked to the left of my screen (indispensable) and is much easier to navigate than the one on the Home tab. And one has a variety of options regarding the styles displayed.

2017-07-11 16:40:27

Peter Kirkpatrick

To be fair to Allen, he explicitly refers to Word 2007. Later versions were mentioned in the previous comments. In 2007 the customisation options were shocking. Fortunately MS has improved this in later versions.

2017-07-11 10:19:34


To clarify my post, those are the instructions for getting rid of that huge box showing all the styles. It leaves the other two Styles commands. To remove all of the Styles commands, don't expand the group to show the individual commands; just highlight the Styles group name and click Remove.

2017-07-11 10:14:48


I was able to remove the Styles group easily in Word 2013 without using XML. I have Word 2016 now, but it should work pretty much the same for all versions with the ribbon.

Click File>Options
In the Word Options box that opens, click Customize Ribbon
In the Main Tabs list on the right, find and expand Home, then in the sub-list, find Styles (may say Custom after)
Expand the Styles list, then hover over each Styles entry until you find the one that is Home Tab | Styles | Styles (StylesPane)
Click to highlight that Styles entry, then click Remove to move it over to the Choose commands list

2017-07-11 10:08:40


It is not particularly difficult to create a new ribbon tab populated with just the items you want using the options available via 'Customize Ribbon' dialog without writing XML code. For example to create a Home Tab without Styles, open the Customize Ribbon dialog, insert new Tab and rename to something like "My Home". Expand the original "Home" tab as a template, create appropriate Groups in "My Home", omitting the Styles group. Choosing from 'All Commands' on the left, add commands to the Groups to mirror the "Home" template. When done, unselect the checkbox for the "Home" tab and,, using arrow keys on right, move "My Home" tab up or down to desired location. Close dialog and changes are reflected. It took me less than fifteen minutes to create the above sample tab.

If you have made previous adjustments to the Ribbon, you may export a copy to the Desktop (or other location) as a form of backup prior to making the above adjustments using the Export option of the 'Customize Ribbon' dialog.

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