PPT 2010 Importing a Customized Ribbon

Categories: PPT 2010.

Download Echo’s Ribbon. Save the file to your harddrive and unzip it. Put the file echosUI.exportedUI some place you can find it.

Here’s a PDF that explains the customizations included in the echosUI.exportedUI file.

To import it into your own PowerPoint interface, do the following:

1. Open PowerPoint 2010

2. Right-click the Ribbon and choose Customize the Ribbon

3. In the Customize the Ribbon dialog, choose Import/Export, Import Customization File

4. Navigate to echosUI.exportedUI, and click Open.

5. You will be prompted with a warning message: Replace all existing Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar customizations for this program? Click Yes. Be aware that doing this will erase any customizations you have made to your Ribbon or Quick Access Toolbar! Click OK to close the Customize the Ribbon dialog.

Bug alert!

If you’re customizing the Ribbon yourself, know that there is a bug in Office 2010: every time you customize your Ribbon, your previous customizations are deleted.


1. Write down all your customizations and input them all at once. Okay, that’s not a good workaround, but it does work.

2. Expand all tabs in the Customize the Ribbon dialog before clicking OK. Just the first-level headings, which represent the Ribbon tabs (see screenshot below). It’s a hassle to remember, but it does work. You really only have to expand the tabs where there are customizations, but it’s safer just to expand them all. Trust me on that one, peeps. Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar doesn’t erase your Ribbon customizations. Here’s hoping Microsoft fixes this soon.