This post covers more of the settings that can be customized to make Word work better for your individual needs. To access these settings, open Word, click File in the upper left corner and select Options in the left pane.
Quick Access Toolbar
The quick access toolbar allows you to add toolbar items directly into the upper left corner above or below the menu tabs. This feature allows quicker access to commonly used tools as it prevents navigating the ribbon bar. An example of some tools in the quick access toolbar looks like this: