Search Within the Office 2010 Ribbon

Written by Kevin

Not familiar with the Office 2010 ribbon or just need help looking for specific tools within it? This plugin will insert a search bar into the ribbon so you can quickly find the tool you are looking for.

Those who have seen the ribbon interface in Office 2010 know that it is a tweaked version of the ribbon within Office 2007. But for users who upgraded from Office 2003 straight to 2010 it is a completely new and shocking discovery. Many new users struggle finding where settings and features are located in the redesigned ribbon menu.

To solve this issue we turn to Microsoft Office Labs, who has recently released a great add-on tool for 2010 users. When installed this tool will provide a search field within the ribbon to help guide to the location of the tool item you are looking for.

You no longer have to manually sift through each tab on the ribbon scanning for the tool you need.

Once you have installed the plug-in from the link below you will see a new tab appear within your ribbon called ‘Search Commands,’ navigate to this tab and then use the search field to enter the tool name. Results from your search will appear instantly on the left of the search field.

Download Search Commands for Office 2010

Visit the Developers Website

About the author


Kevin is the Founder and Senior Editor of Tech Heavy. When he isn't writing about the latest tech tools he spends his days working in an IT department in Dubuque, IA. @kevincray


  • Wow, that’s a really handy feature. Unfortunately I only use OpenOffice at the moment so this doesn’t really apply to me.

  • Dang, that’s a really cool feature. The search makes it much easier to navigate.