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Part I. The Big Picture > Chapter 3. Customizing Word - Pg. 55

Customizing Word 3 Word is something like the Swiss Army knife of document creation products. It boasts a lot of functionality for doing almost anything, from basic typing and for- matting to indexing, creating tables, charts, pictures, web pages, and even serving as its own little programming platform. As soon as you fire up Word and poke through the interface, the abundance of menus, toolbars, and commands reflects this functionality. Many of Word's functions are used quite frequently, others less frequently, and still others not at all. Fortunately, Word lets you customize almost every facet of its menus and toolbars, and even some of its basic operations, to suit your style. Customization is a pretty big topic and encompasses a lot of the actions taken in Word. Creating custom themes and styles, recording macros to automate tasks, turning off the Office Assistant, and creating AutoText entries are all ways to cus- tomize the Word environment. These actions are all covered in this book. This chapter is mainly concerned with two of Word's more intricate and powerful com- mands: Tools Options This command opens a dialog containing ten separate tabs for setting options ranging from what components of a document are visible onscreen, to what components print, to how Word handles spelling and grammar checking. The first section of this chapter details all of the options on the Tools Options tabs, what those settings affect, and how to implement them. Many of the set- tings on the tabs apply to Word's application layer and affect any document displayed. Other options are applied only to the active document. Tools Customize This command opens a dialog with three tabs -- one for creating and managing command bars, one for customizing the commands on those bars, and one for setting some general options specifying how the command bars work. This chapter begins by describing where Word saves all of these customization set- tings and how to transfer customization between documents and templates. From 55