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Customizing OpenOffice Menus

Monday, January 17th, 2011 by | Filed Under: OpenOffice
 
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OpenOffice.org: I Can Customize the Menus Too?

Yep.

It’s as simple as customizing your toolbars. The result can make your life a bit easier, not to mention more efficient, when you’re working.

Worth a minute or two to investigate?

Yeah, I thought so too.

Start in the Tools menu with the Customize choice.

When the Customize dialog box opens, navigate to the Menu tab.



At the top, select the menu you’d like to modify.

In the bottom section, you’ll see the list of commands that the menu contains.

To rearrange the items already on the menus, select a command that’s currently on the list and use the up / down buttons to move it to a new location in the list.

You can click the Add button, to open a list of all commands.



From this list, you can choose something to add to the list. (Or repeat the process to add lots of somethings to the list.)

Want a new menu that’s all your own?

No problem.

In the top section, click the New button to open the New Menu dialog box where you can name your new menu.



You can also use the up and down arrows to rearrange the menu order… any menu can be moved not just your new one.

After you click OK, you’ll find your new in the list on the Menu tab.

You can select it and add whatever commands you want in the bottom portion of the dialog box, just like you do with the built-in menus.

Talk about customizing! Your own menu, with only the commands you deem most useful – if that doesn’t make you more efficient, I don’t know what will.

Once you’ve placed everything where you want it, click the OK button.

When you’ve returned to your program window, you’ll find your changes have taken affect and you’re ready to get right to work.

~ April

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