Joshua earned an MBA from USF and he writes mostly about software and technology.
In Microsoft Word, the Developer tab is not visible by default. To be able to view this tab within a workbook and use its functions, the tab needs to be activated. The beginning of the article serves as a tutorial on how to add the developer tab to Microsoft Word. The second half explains what the developer tab has to offer to you as a Microsoft Word user.
Find Word Options
The first step to adding the Developer tab is to click on File, then click on "Options" in the bottom left-hand area of the file menu.
Select Customize Ribbon
Now you should be in word options. The next step is to select "Customize Ribbon" from the list of Word Options. Choosing this allows you to manipulate how the ribbon is displayed at the top of your Word documents.
Add the Developer Tab to Main Tabs
Next, click in the check box beside the Developer tab in the main tab list and click the Ok button.
Find the Developer Tab
The Developer tab should display to the right of the view tab by default.
Within the Developer Tab
Now that the Developer tab is available to you, let's see what we can do with it. This tab offers tools for several different areas:
Next, let's take a brief look at each of these items.
Developer Tab Code
The section under the developer tab labeled code section allows you to complete several tasks associated with coding. These tasks are related to viewing and editing Visual Basic modules, creating recorded macros, organizing macros, and viewing options related to macros.
Developer Tab Add-ins
The add-ins section permits access to settings and details that are associated with all Word add-ins. You can see the add-ins that are available and link to the Microsoft store to find more add-ins. Additionally, automation servers can be searched from this area.
Developer Tab Controls
The controls section under the developer tab contains options that relate to content controls for the document as well as tools associated with design.
Developer Tab Mapping, Protect, and Templates
The last three sections are smaller and broken down here.
- Mapping: Permits viewing of XML data within the document and allows the ability to create content controls that are linked to it.
- Protect: Protect offers tools to limit how others can view and edit a document. You can prevent format changes, track changes, and allow only commenting on documents.
- Templates: Templates allow you to view or change the attached document template as well as manage global templates and add-ins.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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