Changing Toolbar Location

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 24, 2016)

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You can quickly and easily change the location of Word toolbars to achieve whatever appearance you desire on your screen. For instance, if you double-click your mouse on any portion of a toolbar that is not occupied by a tool, the toolbar is removed from its normal location and appears in its own dialog box.

Once in a dialog box format, you can easily drag a toolbar to any location on the screen desired. If you approach a side of the screen, the toolbar will "dock" to the side.

You should experiment with toolbar locations to determine which is best for the type of work you do.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1235) 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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2016-12-24 13:49:28

Allan Poe

I have Word 97. This Tip will not work for me. "...if you double-click your mouse on any portion of a toolbar that is not occupied by a tool...". There is no toolbar, at least in my Word 97, that does not contain a tool. If I rt clk on a toolbar the dropdown menu, including such things as Standard, Formatting, etc. appears.


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