Customizing Shortcut Menus in Word

March 8, 2007

What are shortcut menus? The menu that pops up when you right-click in Windows. Why would you want to customize a shortcut menu? Why not? šŸ™‚

I spend a lot of time teaching folks in law firms why Paste Special, Unformatted Text is an excellent way to NOT paste all the crud from cut or copied text. Wouldn’t it be great to have the Paste Special command on the shortcut menu, as well as Paste?

Here’s the scoop …

Basically, you’ll open the shortcut menu you want to customize, then you’ll drag and drop the command that you want to the shortcut menu youre customizing.

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Customize.
  2. Click the Toolbars tab.
  3. Select the Shortcut Menus checkbox.
  4. Click a category on the Shortcut Menu, then click the shortcut menu you want to modify. You may need to explore the categories to decide which shortcut menu you should modify.
  5. In the open Customize dialog box, click the Commands tab.
  6. In Categories, click a Category for the command.
  7. Drag the command from the Commands box to the spot on the shortcut menu where you want it to reside.
  8. Drop it! (Release the mouse!)
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