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Customize your toolbars and menus

Table Cell shortcut menu in edit mode being opened from the Shortcut Menu toolbar

Changing a shortcut menu.
Callout 1 Open the Customize dialog box.
Callout 2 Open the Shortcut Menu toolbar.
Callout 3 Click the type of shortcut menu.
Callout 4 Click the exact shortcut menu.
Callout 5 Right-click and apply your changes.

Because shortcut menus are specific to the item you click on, there is a huge variety of menus. To make them more useful for the way you work, you can change, add, or delete a command on a shortcut menu just like you would for any other menu in Office.

To modify a shortcut menu, you need to use the Shortcut Menu toolbar. This is a special toolbar that's only used for altering shortcut menus. It's opened from the Toolbars tab in the Customize dialog box, and you can only use it while the Customize dialog box is open.

As shown in the picture on the left, on the Shortcut Menu toolbar you can open lists of the types of shortcut menus. Then, from each list you can select the exact shortcut menu you wish to change.

To add commands to the shortcut menu, just drag them from the Commands list in the Commands tab in the Customize dialog box. Use the Modify Selection menu to change or delete commands on the shortcut menu in the same way as you modified other menus.

Resetting shortcut menus is a simple process. In the Customize dialog box, click the Toolbars tab, click Shortcut Menu in the Toolbars list, and click Reset. This will reset all of the shortcut menus; you cannot reset them individually.

The practice session will step you through altering a shortcut menu and then resetting it.

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