by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 26, 2018)
Patty noted that her office was transitioning from Word 2003 to Word 2010. They have quite a few users who have smaller monitors, so she was wondering if there was any way to reduce the size of the icons on the ribbons.
The quick answer is that we haven't been able to discover any method of decreasing the size of the icons on the ribbons. You could, of course, increase the resolution used by your monitors (this is done through Windows, not through Word), which would make the icons appear to be smaller. But everything else on the screen (including the text in your documents) would appear smaller, as well.
If you decide to go the "higher resolution" route, you might consider getting newer, larger monitors for your users. Monitors are relatively inexpensive these days, compared to what they have historically been, so it might be a good time to upgrade this hardware element, too.
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