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You can reset the Office ribbon menu settings – here’s how.


Office Reset Ribbon Settings WindowsSource: Office reset ribbon menu settings

Microsoft Office allows you to personalize the ribbon menu to ensure the quickest access to the commands you need to get the work done. However, if you made a lot of changes and want to start over, the apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) have an option to quickly reset the settings to their defaults for a specific tab or the entire ribbon experience.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will show you the steps to reset the ribbon menu settings to its default, whether you are using Office from Microsoft 365, Office 2019, or an older version.

How to reset ribbon menu settings in Office

To reset the ribbon menu settings to its defaults, use these steps:

  1. Open Office app.
  2. Click on Options from the bottom-left corner.

    Office menu Options

    Source: Windows Central
  3. Click on Customize Ribbon.
  4. Under the “Customize the Ribbon” section, use the “Reset” drop-down menu and select the Reset all customizations option.

    Office ribbon reset settings

    Source: Windows Central
  5. Click the Yes button.
  6. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the ribbon will reset to original settings when you first installed the Microsoft Office suite on your computer.

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How to reset specific tab settings in Office

To reset only a specific ribbon tab in Office, use these steps:

  1. Open Office app.
  2. Click on Options from the bottom-left corner.

    Office menu Options

    Source: Windows Central
  3. Click on Customize Ribbon.
  4. Select the tab you want to reset to its default settings.
  5. Under the “Customize the Ribbons” section, use the “Reset” drop-down menu and select the Reset only the selected Ribbon tab option.

    Reset only selected ribbon tab

    Source: Windows Central
  6. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, the settings will reset to their original, but only for the tab you selected from the ribbon.

The reset option only works per application, not globally. You must repeat the steps on each application to reverse the ribbon settings on the entire suite. Also, the option is for existing tabs, not the custom tabs you created. If you want to reset a custom tab, delete it, and create a new one with the commands you need.

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This post was written by Mauro Huculak and was first posted to WindowsCentral



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