What is the easiest and quickest way to learn how to customize the ribbon for Word 2007 templates and PPT 2007 Addins?

I have some Word 2003 templates I have converted to Word 2007 and would like to have the macros activated from a custom tab on the ribbon instead of going into the Addins tab with cmdbar vba code.

I also have a PPT 2003 addin I converted to a PPT 2007 addin.  I want to have the macros activated from a custom tab on the ribbon instead of from the Addins tab with cmdbar vba code.

Is there a reliable utility to help me create the necessary xml files for the RibbonX?

What is the quickest and easiest way for me to learn how to do this and then do it?

(I see a lot of stuff online with various reviews and levels of difficulty to work with!)
jsgreinerAsked:
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jsgreinerAuthor Commented:
This is all refering to Access.  From the information I have seen there are some differences between what has to be done for a Word Template and a PPT Addin.  Have you seen anything specific regarding those two situations?

Thanks!
John
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JSRWilsonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You would be wise to use TWO tools.

Something like Patrick Schmid's customiser to help produce the XML:
http://pschmid.net/office2007/ribboncustomizer/betaprogram.php

AND a tool to insert it into the ppam file
eg Custom UI editor
http://openxmldeveloper.org/archive/2006/05/26/CustomUIeditor.aspx
(look for the attchment near the bottom)
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jsgreinerAuthor Commented:
Thanks to both of you!  I got swamped with other work and won't be able to get back to doing this for a few weeks.  I did not want to leave the question open that long so I accepted both solutions and will investigate the links and mehtods when I can find time.
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