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Microsoft Word Help with step-by-step on how to add or remove a toolbar. Also learn to create your own toolbar.

Find out how to designate your own toolbars which is well worth your while if you are a speed demon who likes to get work done fast.

Word Office Helper What's on this page...
Rearranging the Toolbars
Displaying Other Toolbars
Choosing which Buttons Appear on Toolbars
Creating your Own Toolbar

Rearranging The Toolbars

Microsoft Word help to make working with toolbars easier, you can drag them around on-screen.

You can remove buttons from toolbars and replace them with buttons of your own choice.

You can even create your own toolbars and invent new toolbar buttons.

Microsoft Word help so that you can also use the Full Screen command to see only the page that you're working on. This removes any and all toolbars from the screen area.

To turn on Full Screen, choose View ► Full Screen.

To exit Full Screen, click the Close Full Screen button, or press the Escape key on the keyboard. You can also move the mouse pointer to the very top of the screen, the menu bar pops up, choose View ► Full Screen again.

Displaying Other Toolbars

Two toolbars appear at the top of the Word window: the Standard toolbar and the Formatting toolbar.

Microsoft Word help you to place new toolbars in the window by right-clicking a toolbar, and click the toolbars name from the shortcut menu.

You'll see check-marks next to those toolbars currently showing.

To remove those toolbars click the ones with a check-mark, and you'll see them disappear.

If you have removed all the toolbars, click View Toolbars and click a name of the toolbar that you want back.

What's more, you can display the Drawing toolbar or Tables And Borders toolbar by clicking their buttons on the Standard toolbar.

Microsoft Word Help: drawing toolbar button Drawing Toolbar button

Microsoft Word Help: tables and borders toolbar button Tables and Borders toolbar button

After a toolbar is on-screen, try dragging it into the window and repositioning it or changing its shape:
To un-anchor a toolbar that is stuck to the top or bottom of the Word window, move the mouse pointer over the slider on the left side of the toolbar and, when you see the four-headed arrow, click-and-drag the toolbar onto the screen.
To move a toolbar on-screen, drag its title bar (the blue area where the name of the toolbar resides).
To change a toolbars shape, place the mouse on a border.  When you see the two-headed arrow, drag the border until the toolbar is the shape you want.

Word Office Helper Microsoft Word help you to remove a toolbar that you've dragged into the window, click its Close button (the X in the upper-right corner), or choose View Toolbars and click its name on the submenu.  Double-click its title bar to move it back to its rightful place at the top or bottom of the window.

Occasionally when you click a down arrow and open a drop-down list, you see a line along the top of the list.

When you see that line, you can turn the list into a floating toolbar, a menu that you can move around on-screen.

To do so, click and drag the line. You can drag a floating toolbar anywhere you want on-screen.

Floating toolbars are convenient when you want to try out different commands.

Instead of having to open a menu and choose a command, you simply click different buttons on the floating toolbar until you discover the right choice.

Microsoft Word help shows an example of this as the Drawing Borders button on the Formatting toolbar.

Microsoft Word Help: floating toolbar example The Add Border button can be used as a Floating Toolbar
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See also... Choose which Buttons Appear on Toolbars
Create a New Toolbar
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