Search Commands for Microsoft Office

The little known tool Search Commands from Microsoft Labs adds a new tab to Microsoft Office that allows you to find commands and options within the Ribbon interface … very useful when you used to know exactly where it was on the old menu based interface, but just can’t find it anymore.

The Search Tools toolbar
The tab that is added to the Ribbon can be seen above.

To find a command simply enter a search term and the Ribbon will fill up with all the matching commands. You can either click to use the function immediately, or hover over it to learn where it lives for the next time you need it.

For example, let’s say you wanted to insert some text into Word from within an existing file but can’t find the command on the Ribbon. In the screenshot below you can see the results of the search, and the information that is presented when you hover over a command with the mouse.

Searching for 'insert text'

You can download Search Commands from Microsoft Labs.