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Just Like New

Friday, February 24th, 2006 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Word

Just Like New

Well, we’ve spent quite a bit of time recently customizing our Word menus, and it’s time to talk about “undoing” our changes.

For those of you who have tried these tricks as we went along, you may find yourself in a predicament. Are you wishing you could put it all back?

Did you make changes you now regret and want to start all over?

Or, the unthinkable might have occurred. You may have accidentally removed an entire menu from the list! (I bet that one is driving you crazy).

Whatever the problem, I’m here to help you fix it and make Word like new.

Let’s begin with resetting menus to their default configurations.

The first thing you need to do is open the Customize window. (Yeah, I know, we’re always doing that, but it’s just so useful!) You remember how. You can open this with the Tools menu, Customize choice or Alt, T then C or right click on any toolbar and choose Customize from the bottom of the list.

Choose whichever way you’d like to use. As long as the window is open, you’re ready for the next step.

With the Customize window still open, put your mouse pointer over the name of the menu you want to reset and then right click.

A pop up menu will appear.

From the list, choose Reset.

You can reset as many menus as you want, just keep repeating this process.

When you’re done, click Close in the Customize window.

Voila! New menus ready for you to modify all over again. (Hopefully into a format you’ll want to keep).

Now let’s move on to the missing menu syndrome.

If you’ve inadvertently pulled an entire menu into the document, then you’ve probably noticed that “poof,” it’s gone.

The first time I did that, I was pretty mad at myself. There seemed no easy way to put it back, it was just gone. Or so I thought.

But then I stopped panicking and stumbled across my solution. So let me save you the panic time and get straight to the solution.

Once again you’ll need to open the Customize window.

You’re looking for the Command tab.

In the Categories list (left side), scroll to the bottom and find the Built in Menus choice.

From the Commands list (right side), choose the menu you’ve misplaced. (You might have noticed that there are a couple of extras you may want to add. If you find a new one you like, then Word could be even better than new).

Click-hold-and-drag the menu back to the top of your Word window, placing it wherever you like.

Finally, click Close on the Customize window.

That’s it! You’re ready to roll. All menus present and accounted for.

~ April

P.S. – You will also find that a lot of the menu flexibility we’ve discussed recently is available in other MS Office Suite programs. I found that the original key combination tricks wouldn’t work, but that I could make changes while the Customize window was open. So, get busy in whatever program you prefer and customize to your heart’s content.

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