Floating Menus

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated April 13, 2019)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


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Word uses quite a few "secondary" menu levels. For instance, if you look at the main menus (File, Edit, View, etc.), you can see that some menu items have a small right-pointing triangle at their right edge. When you hover the mouse over these items, a secondary menu appears.

Word allows you to "tear off" some of these menus so that they float. You can also do this with some pull-down lists on the toolbars. You can tell when this is possible by the presence of a thick bar at the top of the secondary menu or at the top of the pull-down list. For instance, if you select AutoText from the Insert menu, you will see a secondary menu that has one of these thick bars. Likewise, if you click on the down-arrow next to the Font Color tool (on the Formatting toolbar), you will see a thick bar at the top of the resulting menu. Move the mouse over the bar, click and drag it away, and the menu becomes a toolbar.

Actually, this technique is simply a different way to display a toolbar. The menus and toolbars in Word are very closely related. For instance, when you follow the above process to "tear off" the AutoText secondary menu, you can then choose Toolbars from the View menu, and see that the AutoText toolbar is selected—this is the one you just displayed.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1211) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2024-05-01 13:44:16

Rebecca Larsen

This is great information. I have a floating "font" that I can't get rid of. I am not sure how it got there. {[fig]}


2022-03-05 15:29:44

Michael Bath

is this function still available in Office/Outlook 365?


2021-08-25 12:38:45

Marie Alm

Hello - I just tried your suggestion but the thick bar is not present on either the Auto Text or the Font Color. Is there a different way to get floating menus? In particular, I would like to have the Crop and the Size & Position items near where I'm working on the page (usually at the bottom) instead of up at the top. When I'm editing 400 items in a 120 page document, the extra hand and wrist motion is significant.
I use MS Office Professional Plus 2016.
Thanks.


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