Office 2000 and XP: How to Disable Office Personalized Menus

   Posted October 21, 2003 by David Kirk in Microsoft Office

Versions of Office 2000 and later feature personalized menus that show the most frequently used menu options first. Thus, the rest of the menu options are hidden initially. Many users find this annoying. This recipe describes how to disable it and how to work with it more quickly.


If you have personalized menus enabled, you can show the entire menu without any items hidden by double clicking any of the menu titles (such as File, View, Insert, etc.)

If you wish to disable personalized menus, follow the following steps:

-= Office 2000 =-

1. Select the Tools menu
2. Click Customize
3. Select the Options tab
4. Click to deselect the Menus show recently used commands first option

-= Versions Office XP =-

1. Select the Tools menu
2. Click Customize
3. Select the Options tab
4. Click Always Show Full Menus


 

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David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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