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How to reset ribbon menu settings in Office

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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 (opens in new tab), 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.

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  1. Click on Customize Ribbon.
  2. Under the "Customize the Ribbon" section, use the "Reset" drop-down menu and select the Reset all customizations option.

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  1. Click the Yes button.
  2. 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.

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  1. Click on Customize Ribbon.
  2. Select the tab you want to reset to its default settings.
  3. Under the "Customize the Ribbons" section, use the "Reset" drop-down menu and select the Reset only the selected Ribbon tab option.

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  1. 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.

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

2 Comments
  • 4 edge icons, but open chrome and firefox
  • I still hate the ribbon system, MS thought that other software producers would have changed to it, but only a few have, most still use the old style menus, which surly must say something.
    I use Libre office at home, no ribbon systems on that, I think they did try once, but it did not do very well.