Adjusting the Size of Ribbon Icons

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated March 10, 2022)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, and 2013


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.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9036) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013.

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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 2 + 2?

2021-03-15 11:27:52


Hello Paul.
thanks for the tip.
This only adjusts Windows desktop I believe.
Oh for the good old days, Word Werfect, even Wordstar, from where we get many of our keyboard shortcuts.

I also remember an old Spreadsheet program "SUPERCALC" which even 40 years ago was able to tell if you were typing text or numbers. A trick Excell still hasnt Mastered.

Oh for the good old days where a boot up could take 10 Minutes. You had time for a cup of tea.

2021-03-15 09:20:43

Paul Stregevsky

Michael, you can set the entire Windows desktop to a higher magnification. In Windows 10, you do this under Display Settings > Scale and Layout.
It's not a perfect solution, but it's all I can offer.
I miss the old days, when we could choose the size of our toolbar buttons. (Or am I thinking of WordPerfect?)

2021-03-14 06:12:16


Hi Jamie.
Thanks for taking the trouble to answer.
I've never heard of touch mode in word in the last 30 years, and my PC screen is not touch sensitive, so I think I am onto a looser here.


2021-03-13 07:59:39


Mine is the opposite problem. I have a nice big screen, but the toolbar and Quick access toolbar are very small. No way to make them Larger ?? ( ps I wear glasses already)


(see Figure 1 below)

Figure 1. 

2015-08-13 12:05:17

Jaime Guzman

Disable touch mode

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