MS Word

Display Full Menus

I just installed Word 2000/XP/2003, and the menus have shrunk in the wash. Why do I have to click the button with the two little arrows to get the rest of the menu?

To make Word display the full menu immediately just this once, double-click the menu name. To make Word always display the full menus, use one of the following options.

  • In Word 2003 or Word XP, choose Tools » Customize, click the Options tab, and check the "Always show full menus" box.

  • In Word 2000, choose Tools » Customize, click the Options tab, and uncheck the "Menus show recently used commands first" box.


Prevent Menu Items from Changing Position

Every time I open a menu, the wretched items have shifted position! How do I turn off St. Vitus's Dance?

Choose Tools » Customize, and then click the Options tab. In Word 2003 or Word XP, check the "Always show full menus" box. In Word 2000, uncheck the "Menus show recently used commands first" box.

Microsoft calls this feature "personalized" menus, but most people call it a menace. Word starts you off with its default set of menu itemsthose that the Microsoft focus groups used the most. As you use menu items, Word keeps score and migrates your most frequently used menu items to the top of each menu so that you can find them more easily.

The other Office applications do this as well, and you quell this behavior in all of them using this technique. Your choice for personalized menus applies in all the Office applications, not just the one in which you're applying the setting, so you can't use full menus in Word but use personalized menus in Excel and PowerPoint (not that you would normally want to).

by BrainBellupdated
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