A handy article from lifehacker on how to...
- Turn off unnecessary toolbars
- Streamline the toolbars you keep
- Add a word-count button
- Expand the recently used documents list
- Access full pull-down menus
- Ditch Word altogether
The following can be done by - Tools -> AutoCorrect Options - Turn off "smart quotes" - Turn off entire-word selection - Turn off automatic numbered lists - Turn off superscripting and fractions - Turn off hyperlinks