PowerPoint 2013 allows you to customize the
in a number of ways -- you can add Ribbon tabs,
add Groups, and
populate these with commands. And if you think you made a
mess and were better off with the defaults, then you can always get back to square one. On another front, you can share your customizations with
friends and colleagues -- or also your other computers. And you can export your customizations to a file saved as a backup for a rainy day!
If you want to Reset, Export, or Import your Ribbon customizations, follow these steps:
- You must first access the PowerPoint Options dialog box. There are two ways to access these options. The easier way is to
right-click anywhere on the Ribbon, and choose the Customize the Ribbon option, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 1.
Figure 1: Customize the Ribbon option
Alternatively, access the File menu and choose Options (highlighted in blue within
Figure 2: Options within File menu
- Either way, this opens the PowerPoint Options dialog box, as shown in Figure 3. Make sure you choose the
Customize Ribbon option within the sidebar. This shows the relevant options on the right side of the dialog box (see
Figure 3 again). All the options we will explore in this tutorial are within the Customizations area, highlighted in
red within Figure 3, below.
Figure 3: PowerPoint Options dialog box
- Let us first explore how you can import and export customizations. To do so, click the Import/Export button (highlighted in
red within Figure 4, below). From the resultant drop-down menu, you can select the Export
all customizations option (highlighted in blue within Figure 4) to export your Ribbon
Figure 4: Export all customizations option is selected
- This brings up the File Save dialog box, as shown in Figure 5. Provide a name and location for your
customizations file, and click the Save button.
Figure 5: File Save dialog box
- You import customizations in the same way -- access the drop-down menu shown in Figure 4, and choose the Import
customization file option (highlighted in blue within Figure 6).
Figure 6: Import customization file option to be selected
- This opens the File Open dialog box, as shown in Figure 7. Here, navigate and locate your (.exportedUI)
file, and select it. When done, click the Open button.
Figure 7: File Open dialog box
- This will bring up a Microsoft Office window, as shown in Figure 8. Click the Yes button to
replace all existing Ribbon customization.
Figure 8: Microsoft Office window
- This will update all the customizations imported from the file.
- To reset all your customizations, click the Reset button (highlighted in red within
Figure 9). The resultant drop-down menu provides two options, as shown highlighted in blue within
- The Reset only selected Ribbon tab option will only reset the customization of the selected Ribbon tab. In our example,
the Home tab is selected (highlighted in green within Figure 9, below).
- The Reset all customizations option resets all the customization done for your Ribbon tabs -- it's like restoring the
Ribbon tabs to the state when you used PowerPoint the first time after installation.
Figure 9: Reset drop-down menu
- Click OK to apply changes made within the PowerPoint Options dialog box, and go back to the
PowerPoint interface. Alternatively, press the
Cancel button to go back without making any changes.
See Also: Reset, Export, and Import
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