Make Office 2016 work your way by changing these default settings (free PDF)

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Office 2016 is flexible and powerful, but you’ll be more productive if you tweak various settings in the core applications. This guide discusses 40 default settings you can change to suit your working style: 10 apiece for Word, Excel, Outlook, and Office itself.

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Office 2016 has been around for a while now, but lots of users are still trudging their way through out-of-the-box settings that don't work for them. The suite is good, but it'll be even better once you configure it to complement the way you work—instead of letting it create more work for you. In this article, I'll show you 10 simple tweaks that will help you be more productive with Office 2016.

The Start screen
When you launch an Office app, it displays a list of templates and recent files called the Start screen. If you usually start with a blank document, you can bypass this screen as follows:
  1. Click the File tab and choose Options.
  2. Select General in the left pane.
  3. In the Start Up Options section, uncheck the Show The Start Screen When This Application Starts option.
  4. Click OK.
Quick Access Toolbar
The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) showed up with the Ribbon. It's a quick one-click route to often-used features: saving a file, creating a new document, opening an existing document, accessing print preview, and so on. By default, it's at the top-left of your screen. If you like, you can move it—at least a bit. From the QAT dropdown, choose Show Below The Ribbon. It's a small change, but you might prefer the new location.

Along with the default options, you can add your own, in the form of macros. After writing a macro (sub procedure), select More Commands from the QAT dropdown. In the resulting dialog, choose Macros from the Choose Commands From dropdown. Doing so will display all sub procedures in the list below. Select the macro in this list and click Add to move it to the QAT. Now, your macro is one click away. The QAT is unique to each app, but you'll customize it the same way in each one.

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