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Microsoft Office 2003

Creating a Custom Toolbar

To help you work more efficiently, Office allows you to customize your toolbars. A customized toolbar leads to less time spent searching through pull-down menus and more time spent on actual tasks. This document uses the example of creating a customized FrontPage Forms toolbar; however, you may create a different toolbar in a different application by using the same process.

return to topCreating a Custom Toolbar

  1. Right click anywhere on an existing toolbar » select Customize...
    The Customize dialog box appears.

  2. From the Toolbars tab, click NEW...
    The New Toolbar dialog box appears.

  3. In the Toolbar name text box, type the desired name for the toolbar
    EXAMPLE: Type Forms

  4. Click OK
    The new toolbar window appears.
    Forms toolbar window

  5. From the Commands tab, in the Categories scroll box, select the desired category of commands
    EXAMPLE: Select Insert

  6. From the Commands scroll box, drag the desired commands onto the new toolbar window
    NOTES:
    Release the mouse button when an "I" shaped bar appears on the new toolbar.
    The command will appear as a button on the toolbar.
    EXAMPLE: Drag the Textbox command onto the Forms toolbar window.

  7. OPTIONAL: To add additional buttons, repeat steps 5-6
    NOTE: The toolbar grows as you add buttons/functions.
    EXAMPLE: Add more buttons appropriate to a Forms toolbar (e.g., Text Area, Checkbox, Option Button, Drop-Down Box)

  8. When finished, click CLOSE
    EXAMPLE: The Forms toolbar appears like the one below.
    Forms toolbar (customized toolbar example)

return to topViewing a Custom Toolbar

To avoid on-screen clutter, not all available toolbars are displayed at the same time. To view a toolbar that is not currently displayed, follow these instructions:

  1. From the View menu, select Toolbars » appropriate toolbar name
    The toolbar is displayed.

return to topDeleting a Custom Toolbar

If a customized toolbar is no longer needed, you can delete it.

  1. Right click anywhere on an existing toolbar » select Customize...
    The Customize dialog box appears.

  2. From the Toolbars tab, in the Toolbars scroll box, select the toolbar you wish to delete

  3. Click DELETE

  4. At the confirmation dialog box, click OK
    The toolbar is deleted.

  5. Click CLOSE

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