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The Developer Tab in Word 2007 - Word 2016
Word 2007 Developer Tab (shown above)
Word 2010 Developer Tab (shown above)
Word 2013 (Office 365) Developer Tab (shown above)
You may not see the Developer tab on your Microsoft Word screen. Installed out of the box, it is not shown. The Developer Tab is an optional tab that gives access to form controls and other programming-type controls. This page will tell you how to access this tab and what the various controls on it are about.
Word 2007 - turning on the Developer Tab
Click on the Office Button and click on the Word Options button at the bottom.
Then under Popular check the box to "Show Developer tab in the Ribbon."
Word 2010-2016 - turning on the Developer Tab
Right-Click on the Ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon. On the right side of the dialog box that pops up is a list or Ribbon tabs, Check the box for the Developer tab.
It really is that simple! Now let's take a look at the control groups on the ribbon.
Code Control Group
This has the same controls in Word 2007 - Word 2016.
These controls deal with macros and visual basic for applications (VBA).
Add-Ins Control Group - Word 2010 & 2013
This lets you control Add-In programs and templates. There are two different types, thus two buttons. In Word 2007 you can reach the same controls through the Word Options Add-Ins panel. If you are having problems saving changes to the defaults in Word, chances are good that the problem can be traced to a poorly-written Add-In. See Template Basics for more about Add-Ins.
Form Controls Control Group
These are the form controls and this is slightly from Word 2007 to Word 2013.
The big difference is that in Word 2010 & 2013 there is a control for a checkbox. All give access to legacy form controls and ActiveX controls under the toolbox with the dropdown (below).
I prefer a different layout designed by Greg Maxey which is available from his web page. It adds a group for easier access to the legacy form controls and is shown below. Note that this includes the Lock / Unlock button from the Word 97-2003 Forms Toolbar missing from the legacy drop-down!
This is available as a free Add-In.
I haven't used these. They are the same in Word 2007 and 2010, revamped in Word 2013.
------2007 & 2010 -------2013
These are slightly different:
The Word 2010 adds the Block Authors button; this was retained in Word 2013. The Protect Document button in Word 2007 fills the same function as the Restrict Editing Button in Word 2010-13.
These are the same in the all Ribbon versions of Word.
The first button calls up the Templates and Add-Ins dialog. This serves the same purpose as the Add-Ins button in Word 2010! See Template Basics for more about Add-Ins.
The first tab "Templates" tells you about the Attached Template and template Add-Ins or global templates. It lets you modify these. Changing the attached template stays with the document. Changing the global templates lasts for the current Word session.
The checkbox to Automatically update document styles should normally be unchecked.
The Organizer... button gives access to the Organizer dialog which lets you copy styles and macro modules from one document/template to another. It is one of three methods, the other two are on the Macros dialog and the Manage Styles dialog. in
The second button in this group "Document Panel" calls up the dialog below. I've not used it much so I'm not sure of the purpose. The checkbox will display a Document Properties Window upon open or initial save which may be helpful. It is shown below and takes up a fair amount of screen real estate.
As you can tell, this is a work in progress. As I learn more, I'll share it here.
Charles Kenyon March 28, 2016.
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