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This Microsoft Word Tips & Microsoft Word Help page addresses the frequently asked question, "In Word 2003 I could use the Button Editor to create my own custom menu or toolbar icon images. Can I do this in Word 2007/2010?"
The answer is more complex than a simple yes or no. Since the user interface (U/I) in Word 2007 does not contain a button editor, many would answer no. However, the range of images that can be applied to custom ribbon controls is practically endless. That range certainly includes any image that you have already created or may wish to create with the Word 2003 Button Editor.
While the process may appear difficult or complex at first, you can still create custom images with the Word 2003 Button Editor (or other graphics editors) and apply them to Word 2007/2010 custom ribbon controls as the following steps will illustrate.
Note. Use of the Word 2003 Button Editor is optional. Word 2003 with Word 2007/10/13/16 are completely compatible on the same system so I have all installed. If using another graphics editor like Microsoft Paint then skip to step 3.
Note: The Office Custom UI Editor is available for free download from OpenXMLDeveloper.org: Custom UI Editor
Note: In the RibbonXML above I have added a custom tab to a custom group control containing a single custom button control. Since I only want to show my custom control on the QAT, and not on the Ribbon, I have set the tab visible attribute to false. This prevents the custom tab appearing in the ribbon, but makes its controls available in the control collection.
The custom control with a custom image is now available on the QAT.
The beauty of the the Ribbon U\I customization is that you can put practically any image on your custom controls using several supported graphic formats with or without a graphics editor.
Here are a few graphic icons and images that I downloaded free from the internet and applied to custom button controls. It took all of about five minutes. Try doing that with Word 2003 and the Button Editor!
Note: For more on using built-in and custom images for ribbon customization see my: Ribbon Images and Labels
That's it! I hope you have found this tips page useful and informative. You can download the demonstration document I used to create this tips page here: Ribbon Custom Icons
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