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Adding Commands to Custom Groups in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to add commands to custom groups in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Windows 7 and higher






If you want to customize your Ribbon in PowerPoint 2013, you'll want to add some of the commands that were not placed by default within any of the Ribbon tabs. Or maybe you want a particular command available on the Home tab of your Ribbon. Whatever your intent may be, you cannot place any commands within the existing groups that are built within PowerPoint. You first need to add a custom group within any of the tabs available in the Ribbon. Thereafter, you need to populate them with commands.

Follow these steps to learn how to add commands to custom groups:

  1. You first need to bring up 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.
  2. Customize the Ribbon option
    Figure 1: Customize the Ribbon option
  3. Alternatively, access the File menu and choose Options (highlighted in blue within Figure 2).
  4. Options within File menu
    Figure 2: Options within File menu
  5. 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 PowerPoint Options dialog box (see Figure 3 again).
  6. PowerPoint Options dialog box showing Custom group within new Ribbon tab
    Figure 3: PowerPoint Options dialog box
  7. Now choose the custom Ribbon tab added, which already contains a new custom Group (highlighted in red within Figure 3, above). As you can see our custom group is bereft of any commands.
  8. To add commands within this custom group, make sure you select the custom group first, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.
  9. Custom group selected
    Figure 4: Custom group selected
  10. Next, choose any of the commands you want to add from within the Choose commands from list (shown highlighted in blue within Figure 4, above). Once you select the command, just click the Add button (highlighted in green within Figure 4, above).
  11. Note: In Figure 4 above, you can see that we chose the Popular Commands category within in the Choose commands from list. You can click the Choose commands from list drop-down to find out more command categories, as shown in Figure 5.
  12. List of other command categories
    Figure 5: List of other command categories
  13. This will add the selected command within the custom group, as shown in Figure 6.
  14. Command added within custom group
    Figure 6: Command added within custom group
  15. Similarly, continue adding more commands. Figure 7, below shows more commands have been added to the custom group.
  16. More command added within custom group
    Figure 7: More command added within custom group
  17. When done, click the OK button within the PowerPoint Options dialog box to get back to PowerPoint interface. Figure 8, below shows all the new commands added within the custom group.
  18. Added commands showing on the Ribbon
    Figure 8: Added commands showing on the Ribbon

See Also:

Adding Commands to Custom Groups in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Adding Commands to Custom Groups in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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