I just upgraded from Word 2003 to Word 2010. I'm mostly OK with the Ribbon, except that I've spent years maintaining and enlarging several custom toolbars full of buttons for extremely specialized macros I've recorded for my work. They were simple enough to record without editing, but invaluable because they saved so much time.
The macros themselves showed up in the 2010 macro list without my having to do anything, but they're not worth having without the ability to run them easily, and there are too many to assign to keystrokes.
I was able to assign most of them to a custom ribbon tab plus a few to the Quick Access Tab, but all of these buttons are identical unless I hover over them long enough for a tooltip to display to tell you which macro it is. Microsoft provides a few alternate button images to choose from, but they're random pictures that have no relationship to what the macros do.
In 2003 and previous versions, I was able to use the Button Editor to make my own meaningful button images, or even to choose "no image" and give it a very short name, like a letter or two, that would then show up as an "image" on the button. As a hypothetical example, to change entire documents to the Verdana font at 10pt, I could record the macro, then choose "no image" and name it V10. This would instantly get me a button "V10" on my custom toolbar.
It was so useful, quick and perfect that naturally it seems to have vanished from the new Word. Or at least, I can't find how to do it. I've seen a couple of how-to's purporting to show how to do it, but they're all about editing XML and/or VBA code. I have no problem with saying I'm not up to this; I tried to follow one of these guides and couldn't understand the instructions well enough to carry them out.
Is there a way to use my own buttons, without writing code from scratch? I can live without my nice toolbars if I must, but not having the buttons is seriously slowing down my accustomed work pace.