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:

http://wordmvp.com/FAQs/Customization/Customising%20the%20Ribbon%20-%20Advanced.htm

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.)

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7790) applies to Microsoft Word 2007.

Author Bio

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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