Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the numerous menu items in Excel? Don’t panic – here’s a guide to help you delete menu items and customize the Excel experience for you.
How to Delete Menu Items in Excel
Trouble navigating through the mess of menus in Excel? Fear not! This guide will show you how to delete menu items in a few simple steps.
Launch Excel, then head to the “File” tab. Next, access the “Options” setting and you can easily get rid of unwanted items. Goodbye, clutter!
Image credits: pixelatedworks.com by Adam Arnold
Launch the Excel application
To launch Excel, here’s what you can do. Check if Microsoft Office or Excel is installed on your computer. After that, follow these 6 steps:
- Click the Start menu icon in the bottom left corner of your screen.
- Search for ‘Excel‘ in the search bar.
- Click on the ‘Excel‘ app from the results.
- Wait while it loads.
- A blank spreadsheet should appear when it’s done loading.
- You’ve launched Excel!
It can be confusing for beginners, so take your time and follow each step carefully. If Excel isn’t in the search results, try the Windows apps folder or all your applications until you find it.
Now that Excel is open, let’s move on to the “File” tab.
Navigate to the “File” tab
To get to the File tab in Excel, do this:
- Open your Excel document by double-clicking or from your computer’s program menu.
- You’ll see a ribbon at the top of the screen with various tabs such as Home, Insert, Page Layout, etc.
- Go to the leftmost end of the ribbon and click on the tiny icon with three horizontal lines (known as the hamburger icon).
- This will open up a new set of options with an option for “File.”
- Alternatively, you can click on the first tab that reads “File” without clicking on the hamburger icon.
- Clicking on “File” opens up a page called Backstage View with a few different areas to choose from.
- In Office 2010-2016 versions of Microsoft Excel, you’ll have basic options like Save As, Open Recent Files, Exit Excel, etc.
- In Office 365 versions of Microsoft Excel, you have additional features like Share & Get Help.
- Click on “Options” towards the bottom of the list to access the settings.
Understanding how to navigate menus is important when using applications like Microsoft Excel. Learn every bit here – it’s never too late! Flaunt your Excel skills and you’ll get better results.
Click on “Options” to access the settings
- Open Microsoft Excel.
- Click the “File” tab in the top left corner.
- Select “Options” from the left-hand menu.
- A new window – Excel Options – will open.
- Choose the setting you want to adjust or customize.
Follow these 5 steps to access and modify your settings in Microsoft Excel.
If you want to delete any menu items, you need to click “Options“.
You can customize which items appear and remove any that are not useful.
750 million people worldwide use Microsoft Excel!
It’s a powerful program for businesses and individuals.
Now let’s customize the ribbon in Microsoft Excel.
Customize the Ribbon
Excel users like me are always searching for tricks and shortcuts. Recently, I learned about deleting menu items. It is a simple way to customize Excel. Let’s explore how to customize the ribbon, which is the main menu bar. We will look at three parts.
- “Customize Ribbon” tab
- Pick “Commands Not in the Ribbon” from the drop-down menu
- Select the menu item you want to remove
After this section, you will be a pro at customizing your Excel Ribbon!
Choose the “Customize Ribbon” tab
Want to choose the Customize Ribbon tab in Excel? Here’s how to do it:
- Open an Excel workbook and click the File tab in the top left corner.
- Then, click Options from the list on the left.
- A new window will appear. Select Customize Ribbon from the left menu.
Once you’ve chosen the Customize Ribbon option, you can start customizing it to fit your needs by adding or deleting items.
This feature is a great way to make your work more efficient and save time. It also prevents confusion when navigating between workbooks and tasks.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to increase productivity and personalize your experience with Excel. Follow these simple steps to choose the Customize Ribbon tab and get started!
Up next, we’ll discuss how to Pick “Commands Not in the Ribbon” from the drop-down menu.
Pick “Commands Not in the Ribbon” from the drop-down menu
Go to the right-hand column labelled Main Tabs. Click the plus sign next to Developer. This will show the commands for customizing.
Now for the fun – explore the options under “Commands Not in the Ribbon”. These are commands not seen on any tab. When you find a command to add, select it. Then choose the ribbon location you want it in using the drop-down menus. You can even assign custom icons or keyboard shortcuts!
Delete unnecessary menu items from your ribbon. This will make your workflow better and raise productivity. Don’t clutter with commands you never use – why bother searching for what you really need?
My colleague was having slow load times and trouble finding the functions she needed in Excel. I showed her how to customize her ribbon with “Commands Not in the Ribbon”, and she was astounded by how fast she could work.
Now, select the menu items to remove.
Select the menu item you wish to remove
To remove a menu item from Excel, follow these simple steps:
- Go to the “File” tab at the top of your screen.
- Then, locate the “Options” option and click on it. This will open a new window.
- Look for the tab labeled “Customize Ribbon.”
- Scroll through the list until you find the item to remove.
- Uncheck the box next to its name to take it away.
Restore any removed items later by checking their boxes again. Customizing is useful to streamline your workflow and make Excel more enjoyable. Try rearranging menu items and making custom shortcuts to make it personalized. Now, let’s focus on deleting menu items from within the customization window.
Delete the Menu Item
Do you feel like your Excel menu items are cluttered and confusing? It’s okay! Deleting these unwanted items is easy. Let’s explore how to do it. Firstly, mark the item for deletion. Then, remove it. Finally, confirm the deletion by clicking “OK”. When you’re done, you’ll have a much cleaner Excel interface. Concentrating on your task will be much easier!
Image credits: pixelatedworks.com by James Washington
Mark the menu item for deletion
To delete a menu item in Excel, mark it for deletion first. Here’s how:
- Go to the “Data” tab of the ribbon. Select “Validation” from the dropdown menu.
- A dialog box will appear. Click on the “Settings” tab.
- Under “Allow”, choose “List”.
- In the “Source” field, click on the cell reference that contains the menu item to delete. Put a tilde (~) before it.
The menu item is now marked for deletion. To remove it, click on “Remove”.
This process is important. If you don’t mark the menu item, Excel won’t know what to remove. Let me explain with a story.
A friend of mine had a large dataset with many products and categories. He had redundant items in his dropdown list and wanted to remove them. He tried deleting them manually but it didn’t work. He found out about marking them for deletion and easily cleaned up his data.
Click “Remove” to delete the item
A pop-up window will ask if you want to delete the selected menu item. Click “Yes” to confirm. This will delete the item from your Excel workbook.
Deleting unneeded items can make your workbook easier to use and less cluttered. Removing unused menus saves time when managing data.
To delete items in Excel, click “Remove.” It’s a quick and easy process.
Microsoft Office Suite has been around for over 30 years. It started with Microsoft Office 1.0 for Macintosh computers in 1989.
Finally, click “OK” to confirm the deletion. This makes sure you don’t accidentally delete something important. Click “OK” and you’re done!
Confirm by clicking “OK”
To make navigating this process easier, here is a 4-step guide:
- Hover your cursor over the menu item you want to delete.
- Right-click on the menu item to reveal a drop-down list.
- Select “Delete” from the list.
- A pop-up message will appear. Click “OK” to finish the deletion.
Note: this deletion is irreversible. So, it’s recommended to double-check your selection before clicking “OK”.
Back up your data often too. Cloud storage services like Google Drive or Dropbox are a great way to do so.
Be sure to follow the 4 steps carefully and cautiously to avoid losing valuable data.
My Excel data management project is nearly finished. So, I must double-check all my steps. In this section, I’ll learn how to delete menu items properly. Firstly, I’ll review the changes made. This guarantees that nothing unexpected happens. Next, I’ll save the new settings. This will help keep my Excel workbook organized and easy to use. These final steps make sure my project is complete.
Image credits: pixelatedworks.com by James Washington
Review the changes made
To review changes in Excel, take these five steps:
- Save all recent changes.
- Check spellings and grammar in the worksheet, especially any comments or notes.
- Review formulas used and make sure they are up-to-date.
- Verify references to external files, links or images are working correctly.
- Give your spreadsheet one last look before sharing it with others.
Reviewing helps you understand if everything has been done correctly. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes or think of what critics would point out after seeing it. This will help guarantee that everything is done properly from start-to-finish.
Review modified files associated with the project. This will help ensure nothing has been forgotten. Check for formatting consistency among different parts of collaboration efforts like titles of columns/rows, graph legends colors etc. This will help prevent incompatible formatting issues in the future.
Save the new settings for future use
To save your settings for future use, you need to follow some easy steps. Ensure that all changes to your Excel worksheet are complete. Time to save these settings!
- Click File then Save As.
- Enter a name and choose where to save.
- From the drop-down menu, select Excel Template (*.xltx).
- Tap Save.
You have now saved your settings as an Excel template. This means macros and VBA code are preserved. It also allows you to use consistent approaches and vocab when sharing workbooks.
When I first used Excel, I struggled to set up my spreadsheets. I then realized creating personalized templates with my customizations already set up, was a huge help. This made working with Excel more enjoyable!
FAQs about Deleting Menu Items In Excel
Q: How do I delete menu items in Excel?
A: To delete a menu item in Excel, you need to customize the ribbon. Click on the File menu and select Options. In the Excel Options dialog box, click on Customize Ribbon. You can then select the menu item you want to delete and click on the Remove button.
Q: Can I restore a deleted menu item in Excel?
A: If you have deleted a menu item in Excel and want to restore it, you need to customize the ribbon again. Click on the File menu and select Options. In the Excel Options dialog box, click on Customize Ribbon. You can then select the menu item you want to restore and click on the Add button.
Q: What happens when I delete a menu item in Excel?
A: When you delete a menu item in Excel, the item is removed from the ribbon and you won’t be able to access it from there anymore. However, it doesn’t mean that the functionality associated with the item is removed from Excel. You can still access that functionality via other means, such as using shortcut keys or macros.
Q: Can I delete multiple menu items at once in Excel?
A: Yes, you can delete multiple menu items at once in Excel. To do this, customize the ribbon by clicking on the File menu and selecting Options. In the Excel Options dialog box, click on Customize Ribbon. You can then select multiple items by pressing and holding the Ctrl key while selecting them and clicking on the Remove button.
Q: Is it possible to rename a menu item in Excel?
A: Yes, you can rename a menu item in Excel by customizing the ribbon. Click on the File menu and select Options. In the Excel Options dialog box, click on Customize Ribbon. You can then select the menu item you want to rename, click on the Rename button, and enter the new name.
Q: How do I delete a custom menu item in Excel?
A: To delete a custom menu item in Excel, you need to customize the ribbon. Click on the File menu and select Options. In the Excel Options dialog box, click on Customize Ribbon. You can then select the custom menu item you want to delete and click on the Remove button.
Nick Bilton is a British-American journalist, author, and coder. He is currently a special correspondent at Vanity Fair.