Make Your Own Toolbar in Word

Posted November 9, 2005 by risherz in Microsoft Word

Using the instructions in this tutorial, you can create a custom toolbar in Microsoft Word to suit your specific needs.


Sometimes, having one toolbar is easier than managing many. For example, you might be doing a little bit of drawing and a little bit of web-editing while also editing a few documents. Why have three toolbars for this when you can have a single toolbar for everything? This way your space is not cluttered, and you have easy access to the commands you use most.

To remove other toolbars and use only what you need, follow the steps below:

    1. Click on View in the menu bar.
    2. Then click on Toolbars.
    3. After that, click on Customize….
    4. In the window that pops up, go to the Toolbars tab.
    5. To your right, click on a button called New….
    6. Give your toolbar a name, and type it in the place of Custom 1.
    7. Where it reads “Make toolbar available to:” you can either select normal to see your toolbar in any document, or you can select a particular document to which this toolbar should be made available.
    8. Then after your toolbar appears to your right, go to the Commands tab.
    9. Here you can see command icons in the “Commands:” section.
    10. Drag the desired icons (ones you use most) into your new toolbar.
    11. Click on Close, and you can now start using your very own toolbar.

You can either dock your toolbar, or you can keep it where you find it is most convenient.

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