Microsoft Word online training course

Word lesson 28, Customized toolbars

Toolbar and menubar options

In this lesson you will learn how to customize the menubar and toolbars.
We can add, remove and move buttons on the toolbars.
We can even make our own toolbars.
To customize our toolbars click on "Tools" and "Customize" in the menubar or rightclick on a toolbar and choose "Customize" from the dropdown menu.
In the "Customize" window we choose the "Options" tab.

customize toolbar options
Check or uncheck the boxes the way you want menus and toolbars to work and click on "Close".

Making customized toolbars

We can make our own toolbars by clicking on the "Toolbars" tab in the "Customize" window.
We will see a long list of toolbars here.
The ones that are checked are visible and the ones that are not are hidden.

We click on the "New" button to make our own toolbar.

new toolbar window
We give our new toolbar a name and click on "Ok".
A new toolbar will appear, without buttons of course.
In the chapter below we will se how to add buttons.

Add buttons to toolbars

To add buttons to a toolbar we first need to make sure that the toolbar is not hidden.
Next we click on "Tools" and "Customize" in the menubar to open the "Customize" window.
Next we choose the "Commands" tab.

add buttons to toolbars
On the leftside of the window we can see different categories, on the rightside we can see the buttons from the selected category in the leftside.
To add a button to our toolbar, we first select the category, choose a button, then click and drag this button from the rightside in the window in our toolbar on the spot we want it to be.
If the button is not on the place you want it to be you can just click and drag it to whatever place you want it to be.

Adding macro buttons to toolbars

To add a macro button to a toolbar we first make sure the toolbar is visible.
Next we click on "Tools" and "Customize" in the menubar.
In the new window we go to the "Commands" tab.
We select "Macros" from the list with categories.
We click and drag the macro we just made in the "Commands" section to the toolbar.

Right click the button in the toolbar and choose "Change button image" to customize this.
Click on your choice.
To display only the image of the button you choose "Default style" from the dropdown menu when you right click on the button.

adding macro buttons

Removing toolbar buttons

To remove a button from our toolbar we make sure the toolbar is visible first.
Next click on "Tools" and "Customize" in the menubar.
Next click and drag the button(s) you want to remove from your toolbar to the worksheet.

Removing toolbars

We can remove toolbars that we previously made but no longer wish to use.
We can also bring back the toolbars from Word to its default values.

To remove a toolbar we click on "Tools" and "Customize" in the menubar.
In the new window we choose the "Toolbars" tab.
We select our toolbar and click on the "Delete" button.
A toolbar that is installed in Word by default cannot be deleted.

To set a toolbar back to its default form, we select the toolbar and click on the "Reset" button.