Resetting Ribbons

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated August 14, 2021)
This tip applies to Word 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365


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Word 2010 and later versions allow you to customize the appearance of the ribbons that appear at the top of the program window. If you run across a system in which the ribbons have been modified, you can change them back easily by following these steps:

  1. Right-click the mouse anywhere on the ribbon. Word displays a Context menu.
  2. From the Context menu choose Customize the Ribbon. Word displays the Word Options dialog box with the Customize Ribbon option selected at the left. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Customize Ribbon options of the Word Options dialog box.

  4. If you want to reset a single ribbon tab, use the controls at the right side of the dialog box to select the tab.
  5. Click the Reset drop-down list. Word presents you with two options: Reset Only Selected Ribbon Tab is used to reset whatever tab you selected in step 3 and Reset All Customizations is used to set everything back to its default.
  6. Select the option that represents what you want to reset.
  7. Click OK.

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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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2021-08-16 11:08:56

Cynthia Heimann

i have a situation I'd like to resolve that I do not know how to describe, but here's a try. The ruler at the top of a document does not show the 'top half' of the ruler with the arrow one would use, with the lower arrow, to set a hanging indent. See attached (see Figure 1 below) - how can this be fixed?
Thanks!

Figure 1. 


2021-08-16 09:54:01

Cynthia Heimann

i have a situation I'd like to resolve that I do not know how to describe, but here's a try. The ruler at the top of a document does not show the 'top half' of the ruler with the arrow one would use, with the lower arrow, to set a hanging indent. See attached {{fig}} - how can this be fixed?
Thanks!


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