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Hello Dale,

Because I prefer as much vertical distance on my screen as possible, I and to put it mildly, "do not like" the Ribbon. So I hide it. As you know, this presents its own difficulties.

Only recently, I learned how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar, putting on it most of the icons I regularly use. Word, however, has placed them randomly, so I would like to rearrange them in some sort of logical order; but Word seems not to allow  that.

Is it possible to rearrange them; and if so, how?

(Incidentally, is there a way of hiding the Ribbon in much the same way as can be done with the toolbar, so that putting the mouse on the top edge of the screen, then lowering it again, makes the Ribbon appear and disappear automatically?)


Hi Bud,

My answer will reflect Microsoft Word 2002 which is the version I am using however, I may be able to answer the first part of your question.

Click the down pointer at the end of the Quick Access Toolbar and choose More Commands and then Customize from the Word Options Menu and from here you can move the Icons Around any way you want.

Donít know that you can make the Ribbon appear and disappear automatically but feel free to   ask one or all of the other volunteers about this issue.

One of them just may have run into a similar situation and they all are a lot smarter than I am.

Good Luck.

Dale :-)

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