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!
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.
Totally agree with this and the QAT -- a helpful poster, Bob Jones, said there was "no way" the "IQ Design" could be tampered with at this point, which seems silly -- do I have to go into my Trash and bring back Office 2011 for Mac? So far, that was much better . . .
I won't continue at the end of my trial period, given the absence of this basic capability. I have had the Para Keep With Next button on my ribbon for years now, because I use that all the time. No way am I going to hunt through menus and dialogs every time I want to connect a heading the the text after it. That was always a ridiculous workflow.
And the quick access toolbar. What a step backwards this has been.
This is not an upgrade - it is the worst downgrade. Not to be able to have my five most used functions on a floating toolbar when working with tables, so as to avoid multiple clicks instead of just one, greatly interrupts my workflow. I have gone back to Word 2011.
Please fire Office for Mac 2016 developers since the app is a step back in all senses compared to Word 2011. If only the had copied Office 2011, Office Mac users would have not protested against this version of Office. Office Mac 2011 is much better than Office 2016.
We have to add that it is incredible that we have to vote to get the programs fixed!
Bill Gates sent me... He said no
James Porter commented
Floating toolbars (in the plural) also need to be restored. Thanks.
I am in complete agreement. Customizing the ribbon means we control our workflow for our needs, which are very varied! No customization means that someone else is controlling our workflow...and that we will be frustrated. Thanks for working on this, I hope and pray, because I am a praying man, you can make it happen soon.
I really need to be able to customize the ribbon. If it's not fixed soon I'm going to go back to previous version.
It's very frustrating not to be able to customize the ribbon -- it's too awkward to only be able to customize the keyboard.
have a date yet???
Your comment that you're "building your suggestion now" -- is 3 months old!
When will this come out? And I bought Office 2016 for Mac -- will I be allowed to have this "patch" or update??
JC Weaver commented
2016 is so backward without being able to customize ribbon/toolbar. Microsoft should never have released this version without the functionality of Word 2011 for Mac. What a mess I know have on my computer.
David Johnson commented
I agree, It speaks poorly that Office 2016 lacks customization (ribbon/toolbar/spell checking, and more) that were present in Office 2011. Weird.
How much longer will paying Office 365 customers have to put up with what is essentially a beta version of Word and Excel where basic features such as editing the toolbar are still missing?
I'm not so much concerned with "new and innovative" features when essential and longtime commands are still not working . . . .
Microsoft has an obligation to address this issue which is months in the making.
From the number of comments and votes, this seems to be a significant thorn (and productivity limitation) for many users. It is good to see you are working on it, but it would be very comforting and possibly helpful to know a rough time frame for delivery. I understand that putting a time frame out can be a preliminary step to shooting yourself in the foot, but many people have indicated they plan or have reverted to 2011 in order to restore this functionality. I am not quite there yet - because I do not want to spend a couple of hours restoring all my 2011 preferences that got deleted when you upgraded me to Office 2016. Knowing if the QAT customisation is likely to show up in Q1 2016 or Q4 2016 or not til later in 2017 would be very helpful.
Stephen Prensky commented
In addition to customizing the ribbon I also want to be able to customize the QAT in Office 2016 applications, as described in the help file for the Windows version of Office 2016 in this link:
Sabrina Reich commented
it is a shame that the modification of the quick access toolbar has gone. It is a limitation to the user and it takes much more time to do some tasks not to mention for those who had their own macro codes.