Tuesday, August 16, 2011


How To Change The Width Of Office Ribbon

The Ribbon is designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task. Commands are organized in logical groups, which are collected together under tabs. Each tab relates to a type of activity, such as writing or laying out a page. To reduce clutter, some tabs are shown only when needed. For example, the Picture Tools tab is shown only when a picture is selected.

The more width you have on your screen, the more options available to you. It makes sense that the width of the ribbon is dependent on the horizontal space available to it, which in turn depends on these three factors:

● The Width Of The Program Window.

● Your Screen Resolution

● The Screen Magnification

Let us see how these three factors affect the width of the office ribbon and the ways you can increase the size of the Office Ribbon.

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The Width Of The Program Window:

On a computer running Windows 7, you can maximize the program window by dragging its title bar to the top of the screen.

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Otherwise, you can maximise the program window simply clicking the maximize icon on the top right corner of the Active Window (Office Application).

Your Screen Resolution:

Screen resolution is the size of your screen display expressed as pixels wide × pixels high. The greater the screen resolution, the greater the amount of information that will fit on one screen. Your screen resolution options are dependent on your monitor. At the time of writing, possible screen resolutions range from 800 × 600 to 2048 × 1152. In the case of the ribbon, the greater the number of pixels wide (the first number), the greater the number of buttons that can be shown on the ribbon, and the larger those buttons can be.

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On a computer running Windows 7, you can change your screen resolution from the Screen Resolution window of Control Panel.

The Density Of Your Screen Display:

You might not be aware that you can change the magnification of everything that appears on your screen by changing the screen magnification setting in Windows. Setting your screen magnification to 125 percent makes text and user interface elements larger on screen. This increases the legibility of information, but means that less information fits onto each screen.

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On a computer running Windows 7, you can change the screen magnification from the Display window of Control Panel. You can choose one of the standard display magnification options, or create another by setting a custom text size.

The screen magnification is directly related to the density of the text elements on screen, which is expressed in dots per inch (dpi) or points per inch (ppi). (The terms are interchangeable, and in fact are both used in the Windows dialog box in which you change the setting.) The greater the dpi, the larger the text and user interface elements appear on screen. By default, Windows displays text and screen elements at 96 dpi.

Choosing the Medium - 125% display setting changes the dpi of text and screen elements to 120 dpi. You can choose a custom setting of up to 500 percent magnification, or 480 dpi, in the Custom DPI Setting dialog box.

You can choose a magnification of up to 200 percent from the lists or choose a greater magnification by dragging across the ruler from left to right.

If you want to make larger options available in the Office Ribbon, you need to experiment all the three factors that are affecting the Width of the Office Ribbon.

Before making any changes to the orginal default settings, it is advices to create a System Restore settings. Follow this link for details on Using Windows System Restore. On a safer side, it is good to note down all your changes in a piece of paper or on a word document so that when you struck up with problem, you can revert back to the original settings.


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