I my article Microsoft Word Defaults, I wrote about some changes that I make to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on every copy I use.
I left out one of the things that I change quickly in Word, Excel, Powerpoint and FrontPage as soon as I get them installed…
The default menu bar settings on each of these has a feature that I consider a bug — it’s frustrating to me.
That feature is the way Office products monitor how often you use the items on the menu bar’s dropdown lists. Then, they hide some of them and show the others in a revised order. If you hover over one of the menu bar lists, the programs will display the complete list of commands.
Theoretically, this is to make your life more simple.
In reality, for most users, myself included, it’s more difficult to find the menu entry that you want because it has moved!
Fortunately, the fix is easy…
On the menu bar, select Tools, Customize. Once the Customize dialog box opens, select the Options tab.
Now, put a checkmark in the box beside Always show full menus. Then, click the Close button.
It’s done. Now, when you click on any of the words on the menu bar, you’ll immediately see the full list of dropdown menu items.