My current computer project is to dumb down Microsoft Word, and more generally, to strip out useless features and programs from my computer.
I want to banish fonts that I never use. I want to remove from my menus and toolbars all commands that I have no intention of ever using and didn't even ever think to want. I want to remove buttons when I don't know what they do. If I have a button for it, I don't want it in my drop down menus. I want to run the program on a WYSIWYG basis as much as possible.
I want to be ruthless about it. For example, I never, ever print from my laptop. So, why should my laptop version of Microsoft Word have the print option in the file menu?
In short, I want to simplify my life in front of the computer.
It is possible. But, it takes considerable effort, attention and persistance to prevent it from creating bugs. This shouldn't be the case. You should be able to remove 90% of the junk with a single drop down menu, or a wizard, in the customize command. You could choose to select from interface such as "legal," "academic," "business," "full feature," "basic," "technical writing," "internet platform," "publishing," and perhaps a couple other overall choices that could then be modified from there.