Adjusting the Menu Font Size in Microsoft Office 2007

Posted on October 15, 2007 9:07 AM

In Microsoft Office 2007, you can adjust the size of the menu "ribbon" (term used by Microsoft) at the top of Word, Excel, etc. by changing the font size of the "Menu" item under your Display properties.  Reducing the font size reduces not only the size of the font, but the size of the ribbon icons as well which give you more real estate when working in Office 2007 apps.  To get there, right-click on your Desktop -> Properties -> Appearance tab -> Advanced button -> choose "Menu" in the "Item" pull-down box -> change the "Size" pull-down box next to the Font name.  Note that since you are changing the general Display properties, the change will affect menus other than just Office. 

For example:

A font size of 8 ...

Looks like this in Word:

 And a font size of 14 ...

Looks like this in Word (notice that for reference purposes the "This is a test" is the same font and size in both screen shots):

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Comment by wojgalic

February 11, 2009 5:53 AM

it's working! Smile
can i change font name in office 2007 menu?

Comment by Brady

February 11, 2009 8:06 AM

Office 2007 uses Segoe UI and I haven't seen a way to change to use a different font.

Comment by tom

August 3, 2009 3:29 PM

Thanks a bunch...this really helped me be more productive. The ribbon was taking up half of my screen in Excel, not it is much more like the size of Office 2003.

Comment by alex

October 4, 2011 3:58 PM

You are my hero !!!!

Comment by Vince

February 25, 2012 11:24 AM

When I right click on Desktop/Properties I do not find the appearance tab, the advanced button or any pull downs? What now?

Comment by Jim

April 11, 2012 12:27 PM

For Vince: look in one of the Microsoft forums, the ones that have "MVP"s in them ... one of these may recognize an obscure (or maybe "classic" setting you have for your Desktop settings.

For original poster: can I assume Office 2010 is immune to this procedure? Ribbon seems unchanged when I try it...

Comment by Tom Curran

November 10, 2012 8:48 AM

On Word 2007, when typing on a new document, the type size on the screen is extremly small. In oder to be able to read the screen I have to increase the size to 20. When printed, the size is as selected, IE 20 prints as 20. Type size in all other displays on the computer is unaffected.
Any thoughts??

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