Utilizing Classic Office 97-2003 Commands in Office 2007-2010

From time to time we get a hankering for those old commands we got so used to using in earlier versions of Microsoft Office.  Of course there might be some new way to accomplish the same thing, but you know the old way and you need it now.  Here’s a look at those classic commands and how to get them working for you in Office 2007 or 2010.  We alluded to one way to accomplish this in a recent Clip of the Week.   Today, we want to illustrate an alternative method, building your very own custom Ribbon tab that contains those commands in one convenient easy to get to spot.

Before we give you the step by step, here’s a look at what we want to accomplish-

As you can see, there is a new Ribbon tab called Classic and in it a group called 97-2003 commands with a few commands already loaded in.  Here’s how you can build and customize this Classic tab in Word 2010:

  1. Open the File tab and select Options.
  2.  Select Customize Ribbon.
  3. On the right side of the dialog box there are three buttons: New Tab, New Group and Rename.  Select New Tab.
  4. Notice how this creates both a New Tab and a New Group in the right pane.
  5. Select the newly created New Tab and rename it to Classic by selecting Rename at the bottom of the pane.
  6. Rename the New Group to 97-2003 Commands the same way.  Make sure the new group 97-2003 Commands is highlighted before moving on to the next step.
  7. Above the left pane click the dropdown to Choose Command’s From: and select All Commands.
  8. Now scroll through and locate a command you wish to add.  Highlight it and then click the Add button between the two panes. You can locate 97-2003 commands by hovering your mouse over a command and seeing the word Classic at the end of it.

Remember that some commands that you add will not be available until they can be used in context.  For example, picture editing commands will be grayed out until you actually try to edit a picture.  Also, some (not all) 97-2003 commands will only be available in compatibility mode.

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

Categories: Office 2010

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