Resetting Menus to Their Default

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 3, 2014)

Word is very flexible. You can customize your working environment to your heart's content. You can change menus, the toolbar, viewing and printing options, and many more variables. There may come a day, however, when you want to reset the Word menu structure to its default condition. When you do this, all the menu items will be set to the same condition they were when you first installed Word.

You can reset menus by following these steps:

  1. Choose Customize from the Tools menu. Word displays the Customize dialog box.
  2. Right-click on the menu you want to reset. (Not in the Customize dialog box, but actually within Word while the Customize dialog box is open.) Word displays a Context menu.
  3. Choose Reset from the Context menu.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to reset any other menus desired.
  5. Click on Close in the Customize dialog box.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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