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Weekly Computer Tip # 47
4 January 2004

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Customizing menus to display the full set of commands (Microsoft Office)

When you first start, for instance, Microsoft Word, the menus display basic commands only. As you work with the application, the commands that you use most often are stored as personalized settings and displayed on the menus, similar to the Standard and Formatting toolbars I told you about last week. To look for a menu command that doesn't appear, click the arrows at the bottom of the menu or expand the menu by double-clicking it. However,

Did you know ...

If you want, you can specify that the full set of commands for each menu be displayed.

Here's how:

  1. From the Tools menu, select Customize
  2. Select the Options tab
  3. Click the "Menus show recently used commands first" (Office 2000) or "Always show full menus" (Office XP) check box to resp. unmark or mark it
  4. Click Close

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