Creating Toolbars

A few weeks ago, we talked about how to create toolbar buttons to activate your macros, but the fact is, you can create your own toolbars as well. Then you’re not stuck with the toolbars that come with Microsoft Word. Here’s how:

In Word 97 or later:

1. Click the “Tools” menu.

2. Click “Customize.”

3. Click the “Toolbars” tab.

4. Click the “New” button.

5. In the box labeled “Toolbar name,” type a name for your toolbar, such as “My Macros.”

6. In the box labeled “Make toolbar available to,” select the template or document where you want your toolbar to live. This will probably be your Normal template (Normal.dot), which will make your toolbar available to any document. You could also select another template or document, however.

7. Click the “OK” button.

8. Click the “Close” button.

In Word 6 or 95:

1. Click the “View” menu.

2. Click “Toolbars.”

3. Click the “New” button.

4. In the box labeled “Toolbar name,” type a name for your toolbar, such as “My Macros.”

5. In the box labeled “Make toolbar available to,” select the template or document where you want your toolbar to live. This will probably be your Normal template (Normal.dot), which will make your toolbar available to any document. You could also select another template, however.

6. Click the “OK” button.

7. Click the “Close” button.

Once you’ve created your toolbar, you can add macros to it as described in the June 27, 2001, issue of Editorium Update, which you can read here:

http://www.topica.com/lists/editorium/read/message.html?mid=1707286867

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