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Chapter 2. Customizing the Office Interf... > Configuring Common Office Features

Configuring Common Office Features

In every Office application, you'll find most customization settings on the Options dialog box. Choose Tools, Options to adjust these settings. Although there's a wide variance in available settings, you can typically customize the following:

  • Control the number of files on the recently used file list. The default is four and the maximum is nine for most Office applications.

  • Set spelling preferences (Word and PowerPoint), as explained in the following section.

  • Enter user information, including your name and initials, for use with comments.

  • Control whether you see and hear animation and sound effects when you use menus and other interface elements. If sound effects annoy you, turn them off here.

  • Set AutoRecover options (Word and PowerPoint) to automatically save files at regular intervals and attempt to recover them in the event of a system crash.

  • Hide or show status bars at the bottom of each program window. These typically display information about the current document, worksheet, presentation, or other data file.

  • Hide or show rulers, scrollbars, and other interface elements.


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