I don’t know about you, but I love to customize my Ribbon and my QAT (Quick Access Toolbar). It just makes life a lot easier for me and it will for you as well should you choose to avail yourself of this feature.
It just makes sense when your hands are already on your keyboard, that it will be much easier to carry out a command using a keyboard shortcut rather than reaching for your mouse all the time.
Your QAT can be located either above or below your Ribbon. I find it to be more convenient to have it situated below my Ribbon.
When you click the ALT key on your keyboard, numbers and letters will appear on the different tabs and commands on your Ribbon and QAT. They are called ALT Keys or Access Keys.
You will see that the commands on your QAT have one digit numbers assigned to the first nine commands, two digit numbers for the next nine, and if you have many commands on your QAT, you might see two digit number and letter access keys on other QAT commands.
To perform a command from your keyboard, just press the ALT key and they key in the corresponding Access Key displayed next to the QAT command. When dealing with Access Keys with 2 digits, just key in one followed by the other.
For commands that you use often, you may find that using these ALT key shortcuts is a whole lot easier than moving your hand all the time to grab your mouse to do the same thing!