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Using Large Toolbar Buttons

Let's face it—for those of us getting to the bifocal age, the toolbar buttons are sometimes a bit too small. In fact, it is sometimes downright impossible to tell exactly what that is on an icon! (Is that a chain link or a sausage beneath that ball?) This problem seems particularly acute when working with a monitor set to a high resolution.

Fortunately, you can make the toolbars appear a bit larger. Just follow these steps:

  1. Choose the Customize option from the Tools menu. Word displays the Customize dialog box.
  2. Click on the Options tab. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Options tab of the Customize dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Large Icons option is selected.
  5. Click on Close.

Notice how the toolbar buttons now seem huge—but you can at least see them! This change doesn't affect just Word, but any Microsoft Office program you have installed on your system.

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Barry rentrop    12 Sep 2016, 18:50
How do i get to the tools menu to click on customize
Elisabeth Mairi Gordon    13 Nov 2015, 19:14
I have Word 2007 and Windows7..
How can I make the icons smaller as they are huge at the moment..
I have searched and cant find a solution to make them smaller.
I recognise the above dialogue box as having seen it on XP but there is no Tools > Options on Windows 7..
Thank you
Robert Wheeler Todd    16 Dec 2014, 06:17
12/16/2014 6:15 AM
Since the word TOOLS is nowhere to be seen on my monitor running Word, how can I navigate to the Customize dialog box?

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