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Adding a Macro to a Toolbar

Word is a very flexible program. You can configure it to work just about any way you can imagine. For instance, you can create a macro, and then add it to a toolbar. How you do this depends on which version of Word you are using.

If you are using a version of Word prior to Word 2007, then follow these steps:

  1. Choose Customize from the Tools menu. Word displays the Customize dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Toolbars tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Toolbars tab of the Customize dialog box.

  4. In the list of toolbars, make sure there is a check mark beside the toolbar to which you want your macro added. The check mark ensures that the toolbar is displayed on the screen.
  5. Click on the Commands tab.
  6. In the list of Categories, choose the Macros entry. Your macros should then appear in the Commands list.
  7. In the Commands list, select the macro you want assigned to a toolbar.
  8. Using the mouse, drag the macro from the Commands list to the location on the toolbar where you want it to appear.
  9. When you drop the macro, it appears on the toolbar.
  10. To add more macros, repeat steps 6 through 8.
  11. Click on Close.

Word 2007 is different; it doesn't technically have toolbars like older versions of Word had. You can't make additions or changes to the ribbon, but you can add macros to the Quick Access toolbar. Follow these steps:

  1. Click the Office button and then click Word Options. Word displays the Word Options dialog box.
  2. At the left side of the dialog box, click the Customize option.
  3. Using the Choose Commands From drop-down list, choose Macros.
  4. In the list of available macros, select the one you want assigned to the Quick Access toolbar.
  5. Click the Add button. The command now appears at the right side of the dialog box.
  6. Click the OK button. The command now appears on the Quick Access toolbar.

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Priyanka    13 Mar 2016, 08:42
please insert a images to easily understand
Walter Greulich    15 Dec 2015, 09:49
First, I would like to answer the question of Anne.

You probably mean Word 2008 for Mac. In this version there is no macro functionality at all. So no chance of adding macros to a toolbar.

Now to Linda:

Add-Ins in Word are of two sorts: so-called Com-Add-Ins can only be integrated by installing a particular program (like Adobe Acrobat); they cannot be influenced by the (typical) user. The other sort are usual Word template files, which have to be stored in the Startup directory for becoming an Add-In. You can use the same file, being outside the Startup directory, by adding it to the list of global templates. As it is a usual file, you can handle it like other Word files with regard to adding macros to a toolbar. That means: in Word 2003 or earlier you can place a macro on one of the usual toolbars. The Quick Access Toolbar of Word 2007 does not "belong" to this kind of files or templates. Therefore, the QAT can be equipped with a macro completely independent of add-ins or other Word templates. The QAT is always there and macros on it can be used in all your Word documents on your PC.
Linda Davino    14 Dec 2015, 16:57
Thank you - can you please tell me how to add the macros to Add-Ins.
Anne Poremskis    02 Jun 2015, 01:12
Hi There,

Thank you for the tips above, but can you tell me how to achieve the same task in Word 2007 for Mac!

I have searched everywhere,
so frustrating...

p.anvesh reddy    18 Mar 2015, 01:22
excellent no words.....

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