Allow to customise the ribbon, as in the Windows version
and allow to define specific commands as additional items in the ribbon, similarly to what was feasible in the buttons (above the ribbon) in the 2011 version.
Great news, we’re happy to report that your suggestion is now part of Office 365. You can now customize the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) and Ribbon. For details, please see this article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3165798 . Thanks for the feedback!
Brendan Stark commented
And now with Mojave not supporting 32 bit apps, everyone is forced to use Word 2016/2018 with its dumb menus.
And this is why I still use Word for Mac 2008. It does more than the current versions of Word for Mac, which I have to use at work. No subscription. No hassle.
MP Hill commented
I agree! This should also be available in the standalone version as well!! What good is this feature in the Office 365 version.
this is insane. I could do this on word 2008. now i have to pay a yearly fee to customize the ribbon?
So many people are unhappy with this! This is indeed an outrageous policy and Microsoft obviously despises its (potential) customers. What Great news are you talking about?
Unfortunately, like other companies, they have to make always more money and will keep being creative for that purpose.
If I were the poor student I was 30 years ago, I would not use any too expensive Apple and unfinished Microsoft products at all : an old Core 2 duo with an SSD and Open Source software is running great and is sufficient for my basic computer needs. the only problem is that, like many long time users, I got used to Word, I also got a bit lazy and, above all, do not have much time to switch and adapt to a different OS.
How is requiring us to buy office 365 just to access a feature you guys shut down purposely "Great news" for us users? that is not a solution, I was able to customize quick access w/ word before.
Andrew K commented
Allow customisation of the ribbon (and to create a new ribbon) in Word for Mac 2016 stand-alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please make the ribbon customizable on Word 2016 for Mac. If you don't, I will not buy Word again.
Enterprise user commented
Wow. MS could care less about all of us here. Sign up for Office365 or the ribbon is locked down is their stance in November 2016.
Is there a way to reopen this thread for non-365 versions?
There is definitely NO ribbon customization as of version 15.28, and the QAT is still very buggy for us as Ioannis commented on June 20 2016.
Chris Heath commented
I can't find 'New Menu' in the list of commands. I need this to build a custom menu of styles, like I can do in Office 2011.
Does anyone know how to do this in Word 365 for Mac?
There are several issues on Quick access toolbar settings that still need your attention !!!
1. I cannot import the very usefull Review commands: Accept, Reject.
2. Several icons of commants are unrecognizable in white blue (very bad design!!!)
3. There is no access to Add-ins but only to macros.
4. The icons of macros are missing!!! I use Zotero add-ins and I get for all functions cycles. This was not an issue in Word 2011
Thanks, but as I put in another comment on this site: Para Keep with Next is NOT included in the customisation options, and that was exactly the one I was waiting for. As far as I can see, all other possible functions have been added, but not this one! Why???
I have Word but not office 365. When will I have this feature?
Please re-introduce the option to customize the ribbon.
Please allow the quick access toolbar to be customized ASAP. This is a surprising step backwards.
Does the Mac Business Unit have any purpose within MS other than insurance against an anti-trust lawsuit by the Justice Department? I ask this since they apparently cannot build a decent version of MS Office for Mac.
Word Product Team, when do you think it will be available? I need an add-in to insert references, and I might have to go back to Pages otherwise.
Todd Nelson commented
I upgraded before I checked this issue. I just downgraded back to Office 2011 because I depend on an add-in template for Word that customizes the Menu bar and gives me a floating toolbar for grading essays and papers. I also want to customize the ribbon. When you add back these features, I'll consider Word 2016 again.
Kay Cee commented
Microsoft offers a 30-Day Return policy, even on downloaded software.
If you really want to deliver a message to them about how fed up users are with increasingly bloated yet crippled and inflexible software, ASK FOR A REFUND IF YOU BOUGHT OFFICE 2016 WITHIN THE LAST 30 DAYS.
Microsoft will have you verify you have deleted all the 2016 applications. They will then disable your license to make sure you can not continue to use it. Don't try to cheat. If you truly hate the software, then have the integrity not to violate the license or try to hang on to it.
Then go back to an older version, or - if you can - use a non-Microsoft product.
If you need Microsoft, I strongly suggest downgrading to Office 2011 for Mac. It is verified by Microsoft as being compatible with OS X Leopard through El Capitan (I use it in El Cap myself), and Microsoft will continue support for it until October 2017.
Sadly, in their infinite stupidity, they no longer sell Office 2011 themselves, but you can find valid copies elsewhere, and it's well worth purchasing.
Sure, Office 2011 also has plenty of examples of Microsoft royally screwing up features that had worked just fine from Day 1 (e.g., the truly dreadful new Find/Replace; removing even the option to go straight to Advanced Replace; far more difficult to edit Merge code and even the necessary commands to do so embarrasingly poorly documented....etc., etc).
But it's still far less dreadful than either 2013 or 2016, partly because at least in Office 2011 - as in every PREVIOUS version - Toolbars are available and customizable, and the Ribbon is not only customizable but optional - i.e., you can turn the damned Ribbon OFF, if you wish, as you could in every previous Ribbonized version.
And this is the point we're all trying to make, Microsoft:
It's not that your company CAN'T provide the same functionality as before.
It is that you REFUSE to, no matter how many tens of thousands - or even millions - of users send you exactly the same complaints. The complaints haven't changed in 15 years.
Nothing, not even features users beg for on a regular basis, years after the fact, is ever put back.
Every new update removes more options, customization, features or shortcuts, no matter how common, or how frequently used. No matter how much users may have relied on them. No matter how much of users' time is wasted by their removal.
It's time users began looking much more seriously at whether they need Microsoft at all. Everyone, even the enterprise, should be extremely wary of committing to Microsoft solutions, given the company's history the past decade of forcing its ill-considered alterations and preferences down our throats.
And small businesses and home users should be BOYCOTTING Microsoft completely: Visibly, loudly, and openly.
There are, after all, plenty of alternatives, including better cross-platform ones: whether you need an XML-ready word processor, a spreadsheet, a networkable database, or a full email solution. Some are free, some are open-source, some are paid products from other companies....
But you will be pleasantly surprised to find that the the best ones are almost invariably better, and certainly more flexible, than Microsoft's.
You do not have to settle for products from a company that has come to epitomize user contempt.