Chapter 14. Customizing the Office Menu and the QAT

In Office 2007, the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) is the nearest thing that you have to the toolbars. As you have already learned, you can add buttons and entire groups to the QAT, so the tools you need are readily available to you. The Office Menu, on the other hand, is basically a menu containing various options, much the same that you would find under the old File menu in previous versions of Office. The Office Menu is accessed by clicking the Office Button.

In this chapter, you will learn more about the Office Menu and the QAT and how to customize them. These are a bit different from the customizations we've covered so far. As you are preparing to work through the examples, we encourage you to download the companion files. The source code and files for this chapter can be found on the book's website at

Adding Items to the Office Menu

The Office Menu is represented by the little application button at the upper-left corner of the application window. This button, also known as the Office Button, contains some common actions, or commands, that affect the document as a whole, such as Print, Save, and Publish.

As you learn how to customize the Office Menu, please keep in mind that controls are grouped under the Office Menu to reflect the concept that these commands affect the document as whole, rather than a specific part of the document, such as a paragraph or the font format.

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