Customizing Word to Work for You

If you don't like the way Word does something, you can usually customize Word to act the way you want. The Tools menu contains options that enable you to customize Word:

  • Customize ” Enables you to change the layout of Word's toolbars and menus

  • Options ” Enables you to control the behavior of most of Word's automatic and manual editing features

Using the Customize Features

Figure 4.9 shows the dialog box that appears when you select Tools, Customize and click the Options tab.

Figure 4.9. Customize toolbars and menus.


The Toolbar tab enables you to specify exactly which toolbars you want to see, if any, during your editing sessions. Too many toolbars can clutter your screen and take away editing space, but different toolbars are useful at different times. Display the Tables and Borders toolbar, for example, any time you want to create or edit tables in your documents. (The toolbar selection is also available from the View, Toolbars menu option.)

Most people modify the options on the Commands tab when they want to add or remove an item from the menus in Word. To do this, select the menu from the Categories list, and Word displays that menu's items in the Commands list. You then can change a menu label or add one from the list.

The Options tab includes controls that enable you to increase the size of the toolbar icons to read them more easily, to determine whether you want to see ScreenTips, and to determine whether you want shortcut keys attached to those ScreenTips. From the Options page of the Customize dialog box, you can control the way Word displays menu options and the two most common toolbars, the Standard and Formatting toolbars.

Using the Options Settings

You can choose Tools, Options to display the Options dialog box. This dialog box is the Library of Congress of Word options. Using the Options dialog box, you can modify the behavior of these Word features:

  • View ” Changes the way Word displays documents and windows .

  • General ” Determines colors, animation, behavior, and the measurement standard (such as inches or centimeters).

  • Edit ” Changes the way Word responds during your editing sessions.

  • Print ” Determines several printing options.

  • Save ” Specifies how you want Word to save document changes.

  • Spelling & Grammar ” Lists several spell-checking and grammar-checking settings that you can change. This is one place where you can turn these options on or off.

  • File Locations ” Enables you to set disk-drive locations for common files.

  • Compatibility ” Lists a plethora of options you can change to make Word look and feel like other word processors, including previous versions of Word.

  • User Information ” Holds the name , initials , and address of the registered party for use with document summaries and automatic return addresses.

  • Security ” Enables you to specify passwords for encryption and for sharing the document.

  • Track Changes ” Determines the format Word uses when you make changes to documents in a group environment or when you want to track several revisions for the same document. (Word can keep track of multiple versions of a document. )

Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Office 2003 in 24 Hours
Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Office 2003 in 24 Hours
ISBN: 0672325535
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 272
Authors: Greg Perry © 2008-2017.
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