- By Katherine Murray
- Customizing the Ribbon
- Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar
- Customizing the Work Area
- Changing the Location and Type of Saved Files
- Customizing Your Spelling Dictionaries
- Creating a Macro
- Understanding Security in Office 2010
- Working with the Trust Center
- Changing File Validation
- Choosing What's Displayed in Protected View
- Password Protecting a File
- Limiting File Changes
- Recovering Unsaved Versions
Customizing the Work Area
The work area is where you create, edit, format, and fine-tune the documents you create in Word 2010, so you may want to customize it to fit your own preferences. You can show or hide items on the status bar, set the ribbon to appear only when you need to use it, change the overall color scheme for the window, and so on.
Show or Hide Items on the Status Bar
Right-click anywhere on the status bar.
Review the information on the Customize Status Bar menu.
To show an item that isn’t currently displayed on the status bar, click the item.
To hide an item that’s currently displayed, click the item.
Change the Color Scheme
Click the File tab and click Options to display the Word Options dialog box.
In the General tab, click Color Scheme and click the color you want.
Show or Minimize the Ribbon
Click the Minimize The ribbon button at the top right of the ribbon.
Display the ribbon by clicking the tab you want. Click a tab when you want to display the ribbon and choose the tool you want. The ribbon is then hidden again.
To redisplay the ribbon, click Maximize The Ribbon.