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Customizing Word - Creating a Custom Toolbar

written by: •edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 6/28/2011

Microsoft Word offers a variety of options for users to choose from in order to customize the software to meet their individual needs. One of my favorite features of Word is the ability to customize toolbars. Your toolbar can include the buttons you use most frequently, enabling you to work more efficiently.

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    Creating a New Toolbar

    First let’s create a new toolbar.

    1. Click the View menu. Hover down to Toolbars and then hover down to and click Customize.
    2. Click the Toolbars tab at the top of the pop-up menu.
    3. Click the New button. You will be asked to create a name for your toolbar. Go ahead and enter a name of your choice.
    4. Make sure the Make Toolbar Available to menu is set to Normal.dot and click the OK button.
    5. Click the Close button. Your new toolbar should appear in the center of your screen.
    6. Double-click the colored area of your toolbar. This will move your toolbar to the upper-left hand side of the screen, just below your other toolbars. It will appear very small and blank at this point.

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    Adding Buttons

    Now it is time to add buttons to your new toolbar.

    1. Click the View menu. Hover down to Toolbars and then hover down to and click Customize.
    2. Click the Commands tab at the top of the box. You will see a list of Categories in the left hand column. Begin clicking through these categories and you will notice various commands in the right column.
    3. Each command can be added to your toolbar. Scroll through until you find a button that you would like to add. Click and hold your mouse on thecommand of your choice. Drag the icon to your toolbar in the upper-left side of the screen and release.
    4. Repeat step 3 until you have added all the buttons you wish to add and click the Close button.
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    More Toolbar Options

    If you decide to delete a button from your toolbar, you can do so by opening the toolbar customize box (see step 1 in either of the sections above) and then right-click on the button on your toolbar that you wish to remove. Select Delete.

    You can hide your toolbar by clicking the View menu, hovering down to Toolbars and then to your toolbar. Click once on the toolbar you wish to hide. You can make it reappear by clicking on it again.

    If you wish to delete the toolbar, open the toolbar customize box (see step 1 in either of the sections above) and click the Toolbars tab at the top of the box. Highlight your toolbar by clicking once and then click the Delete button.