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You can customize the Ribbon in Office 2007

Patrick Schmid, a Microsoft MVP and one of the most active participants in the Office 2007 beta test, has released RibbonCustomizer Professional, a $29.95 utility that provides point-and-click customization for the Ribbon in Office 2007 applications. A free edition with limited capabilities is available as is a 30-day evaluation of the product.
Written by Marc Orchant, Contributor on
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Patrick Schmid, a Microsoft MVP and one of the most active participants in the Office 2007 beta test, has released RibbonCustomizer Professional, a $29.95 utility that provides point-and-click customization for the Ribbon in Office 2007 applications. A free edition with limited capabilities is available as is a 30-day evaluation of the product. 

So much has been made of the difficulty involved in adapting to the Ribbon that a utility like this was definitely needed. Patrick has announced during the beta in the newsgroups that he would be working on this tool and he's delivered an easy-to-use and intuitive utility that lets you take control over which commands and controls are presented in the Office 2007 Ribbon. If you've struggled with some of the decisions made by the Office UI team about how and where controls are presented in the new Office UI, you'll certainly want to explore this add-in.

It's well worth the time to review the overview Patrick has provided – especially the demo of how Tabs and Groups work. 

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