Top 5 tips to customize Microsoft® Office 2010
Microsoft Office 2010 is set with a host of features that make working on each of the applications in the suite, a comfortable task for you. However, what if you want to customize its features to make the productivity suite work even better? Well, all you will have to do is attempt for a few tweaks and you will be done. Read on for the top 5 tweaks that you can try to customize the Microsoft Office 2010 suite.
Change the default settings
The best about being able to customize the suite is being able to change the default settings. Although ‘Default Settings’ work fine in most cases and have been designed to appeal to all users, there may be times when you may wish tweak the suite in order to suit your requirements. Whether it is changing the default save locations, the auto recovery options, saving the documents in an older file type (.doc/.ppt/.xls rather than .docx/.pptx/.xlsx), etc., by customizing the default settings, you can make it work exactly as you would want it to.
Customize the Ribbon
One important tip that you can follow to make Microsoft Office 2010 more user-friendly is to customize the Ribbon. You can customize the Ribbon in order to group the commands as per your preference and requirement, you can create new tabs and can remove the commands that you seldom use. And yes, if at all you had to come back to the default settings, all you have to do is select the ‘Reset’ option.
Customize the default color scheme
Are you unhappy with the default color scheme of your Microsoft Office 2010 suite? Are looking at ways to change the same? Well, look no further as we have brought for you a simple 4-step solution to do the same.
- Hit the ‘File’ tab
- Select ‘Options’
- Use the dropdown menu to select the color of your choice (Silver, Blue, Black)
- Hit the ‘OK’ button to complete the process
Customize the Quick Access toolbar
The Quick Access toolbar consists of a set of commands. These default commands can be removed, new commands can be added, and even the order of the commands can be altered to suit your needs. Why should you want to customize the Quick Access toolbar? Well, you may have to do it to display the tools in the toolbar that you use mostly. You may also do it to move the toolbar to a location of your choice – above or below the Ribbon. Also, you may want to customize the Quick Access toolbar in order to add new tools or remove the existing (default) ones.
Tweak the AutoCorrect options
If you were writing an article, like this one, you would understand how easy it is to have the AutoCorrect options turned on. It saves a lot of your time as it attempts to rectify all regular typos that you make while writing on the application (Microsoft Word). However, there may be instances when you may require making certain typos knowingly and intentionally. In such instances, the AutoCorrect option might become a pain rather than help. A product name with two initial caps (WEb), a company name with a letter repeated (Tthe), etc. can be best used to explain the situation here. Well, rather than re-typing (that is an alternative you can always resort to) you could opt for a simple tweak. Just add an exception to the particular name in the AutoCorrect option and go on completing the article! To add the exception,
- Go to the Backstage menu, select ‘Options’ and then select ‘Proofing’
- Hit ‘AutoCorrect options’
- Select the ‘Exceptions’ option
- Select the ‘Initial’ tabs and further select ‘Don’t Correct’ and therein type the name of the company/ product and select ‘Add’
- Complete the tweak by selecting ‘Ok’
You have the top 5 tweaks now and all you have to do is customize the suite and begin working.