Microsoft Word 2007 to 2016

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Displaying Word Options

There are lots of hidden settings you can change in Microsoft Word. To see them in Word 2007, click the round Office button in the top left. From the menu, click the Word Options button at the bottom:

Word 2007 showing the Office menu

In Word 2010, click the File tab. From then menu on the left, select Options. (Rather confusingly it looks like the Info tab is selected. This is Micrsofot's fault, not ours!):

Tjhe Options item in Word 2010

In Word 2013 and 2016, the File menu looks like this:

Word 2013 File menu

When you click on Options or Word Options you'll see a dialogue box appear. This one in Word 2007:

Word Options, 2007

And this one in Word 2010:

Word Options, 2010

The Word 2013 and 2016 dialogue box has the same options on the left as the one from 2010. On the right, however, there are more options to choose from:

General options in Word 2013

The list on the left leads to more options. The first item is the General tab (Popular in Word 2007). It shows you the "Top options for working with Word". One you might want to change is to get rid of the mini toolbar. The mini toolbar appears every time you select some text. It's this one:

The mini toolbar

If it's annoying you, uncheck the box on the Popular or General tab that says "Show Mini Toolbar on selection". When you click OK on the Word Options dialogue box the mini toolbar won't appear anymore when you select some text.

If you don't do any programming with Microsoft Word then you can also uncheck the box "Show Developer tab in the Ribbon". If you've worked with Macros before then check this box, because you'll need it. (If you need the developer tab in Word 2010 to Word 2016, click on Customize Ribbon. Under Choose commands From, select Custom Tabs and Groups. From the Main tabs check boxes, select Developer.)

The default colour for Word is blue in version 2007 and Silver in Word 2010. Click the Color scheme box to see more (click Office Theme in Word 2013 and 2016.). Sadly, there are only two others in Word 2007 and 2010, Silver and Black. Word 2013 has three: White Light Grey and Dark Grey. Word 2016 has four: Colorful, Dark Gray, Black, White.


In the next tutorial, we'll take a look at Language Settings.