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Customizing PowerPoint's right-click popup menus


PowerPoint generally does a good job of guessing what commands you might want to use in any given situation and automatically putting them on the popup menu you get when you right click nearly anything.

Sometimes it doesn't put what you want there though. We'll show you how to fix that.

Customize the right-click (or "Shortcut") menu

We're going to add a Paste Special command to the popup menu you get when you right-click on the slide you're working on. These instructions are for PowerPoint 2002 or 2003. Earlier versions may work differently; later versions don't allow this sort of customization.

Now copy something to the clipboard, right click on the slide and voila ... Paste Special is now on the popup menu.

Spend a little time studying the different menus (and the items on them) on the Shortcuts toolbar while you've got it open. It's a bit confusing at first because you're not really customizing a toolbar, you're customizing the shortcut menu that appears when you right-click different things. For example, you might want to add other commands to, say, the right-click menu you get when you have a Shape select or when you're editing text. By choosing the correct Shortcut Menus toolbar button and menu name beneath it, you can do this quite easily.

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Customizing PowerPoint's right-click popup menus
Last update 07 June, 2011