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To turn off the annoying customised menus in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook etc) do the following:

1. Start up an Office application eg Word.

2. Select menu item 'Tools' - 'Customize...'.

3. On the 'Options' tab, check (put a tick in) the 'Always show full menus' check-box, then click on the 'Close' button.

That's it

Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 2:43 AM Off Topic , OS/Networking/Misc Apps | Back to top


Comments on this post: Turning off custom menus/always show full menus in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc)

# re: Turning off custom menus/always show full menus in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc)
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You may want to specify that this is for Office versions _before_ 2007
Left by E. Nigma on Jan 31, 2008 11:54 AM

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I have tried this inumerable times and yet whenever I open my OUTLOOK, it requires me to do it anew. I am stymied as to why the check that I place in the box to always show full menus magically gets unchecked whenever I re-open OUTLOOK. Any clues?
Thanks,
Marc
Left by Marc Martin on May 02, 2009 11:54 AM

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This is an issue with Office 2007 as I have encountered this on my Vista Home Premium 64 bit installation with Outlook 2007.
Left by David Pile on Jan 10, 2010 3:55 PM

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The settings to show full menus in office 2007 outlook will not stay if the program is restarted. Also, be very careful about buying office as Microsoft has renieged on the free upgrade to office 2010 if you buy office 2007 within the specified time frame. My experience is that you cannot trust the authenticiy of an office product no matter where you buy it and Microsoft will not honor the upgrade.
Left by John Capps on Jul 22, 2010 1:22 AM

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