How To Backup And Restore Office 2010 Ribbon Customizations


We’ve talked about customizing the Office 2010 ribbon before.  This time around we’re going to look at saving those customizations for backup purposes or transfer to another computer.  It only takes a few steps, let’s get started!

How To Backup The Office 2010 Ribbon

Step 1

In any Office 2010 application, (Word, Excel, Powerpoint…) Click the File ribbon and Select Options.

file options in office 2010

Step 2

In the options window that appears, Click the Customize Ribbon tab.  On the right pane, Click the Import/Export button and Select Export all customizations.

customize office ribbon export

Step 3

Choose a location that you would like to save the backup folder to.  The default name for the backup file is Outlook Customizations (olkexplorer).exportedUI but you can rename it to whatever you like.

outlook customization

After you save, you’re done!  Your custom ribbons and quick-access bars are now backed up.

How To Restore The Office 2010 Ribbon

Note that this process will replace all current ribbons and quick-access items.

Step 1

As we did above with backing up, go into the Options menu of your Office 2010 application.  Once there Click the Customize Ribbon tab, now Click the Import/Export button and Select Import customization file.

customize ribbon import office 2010

Step 2

Browse to the location of the backed up .exportedUI file and Select Open.


Step 3

A confirmation prompt will appear, Click Yes.

replace all existing ribbon stuff

All done!


The process of backing up your Ribbon customizations is simple and quick.  This will come in handy if you are reformatting or switching between multiple computers and you want to duplicate your interface.  Just be careful when loading the backups because it will overwrite all current settings!



  1. Michael Long

    Hi Austin,

    A quick question about backing up the Ribbon. Do you have to do it for each application (Word, Excel, etc), or does doing it from one application cover them all? Regards. Michael

  2. Arivarasan

    Hi Austin,

    This post was really super….i need one clarification on this …..i want to link the macros with the ribbon icon and i find the dificulty when i transfered the file to other PC…..i cna import the menu bars but i cant find that the macro is not linked to that.

    Can u guide me on this..

    thanks, Arivarasan

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