How Can I Create a Custom Tab in the Ribbon and Create a Drop Down Menu to Open Document Templates?

Posted on 2011-04-24
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Hello Experts,

I need to create a custom top level tab in the Word 2007 ribbon.
I would like it named something like "CompanyDocs".
I have about 50 or so business document templates that I would like group and list under this ribbon.
Can you offer me some advice to get started? I would really appreciate it.
If you can offer a simple "Hello World" example, I would appreciate it even more. =)
I assume I would have to create some sort of dotm file and put it in my Word Startup folder but need help.

Question by:MikeXna
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    I realize that the examples are Excel-centric, but the steps are the same.
    1) You need to download a copy of the Custom UI Editor
    2) You need to study the examples at

    I imagine that the XML modifications will be to a template, such as Normal.dotm

    From past experience, expect a fair bit of trial and error.

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