Show full menus in Office 2003 applications

October 30, 2008

Some people love those collapsed menus in Word and other Microsoft Office 2003 applications where you have to click the arrows at the bottom of the menu to see all the options, but I loathe them. One of the first things I do when I have a new installation of Word is to turn on the option to show menus in full.

  1. In Word 2003, go to Tools > Customize, then select the Options tab.
  2. Make sure the Always show full menus check box is ticked.

If I remember correctly, setting it in one Office 2003 application applies it to all other Office 2003 programs.

Note: Office 2007 programs have a ‘ribbon’ interface not menus, so this information does not apply.

[This article was first published in the September 2003 CyberText Newsletter]

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