Resetting Ribbons

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 13, 2015)

Word 2010 and Word 2013 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 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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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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