Editing a Toolbar Button Image

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 8, 2015)


In other issues of WordTips you learned how you can change the image that appears on a toolbar button. Word also includes a built-in editor that allows you to edit or completely change any toolbar button image, pixel by pixel, if desired. To access this editor, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click your mouse on any toolbar visible in Word. Word displays a Context menu.
  2. Choose Customize from the Context menu. Word displays the Customize dialog box with the Toolbars tab selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Toolbars tab of the Customize dialog box.

  4. Right-click your mouse on the toolbar button you want to modify. (Right-click on the toolbar button itself, not within the dialog box.) Word displays a Context menu.
  5. Choose Edit Button Image from the Context menu. Word displays the Button Editor. (See Figure 2.)
  6. Figure 2. The Button Editor.

  7. Use the controls within the Button Editor to change how the image on the button appears.
  8. When satisfied with the appearance of the button, click on OK to close the Button Editor.
  9. Click on Close to get rid of the Customize dialog box.

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Author Bio

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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What is four less than 8?

2012-02-25 13:06:18

P.G. van Dijk

I still use the Word version I bought in 2003, which was actually (not Word 2000 or 2003, but) Word 97. I did not know about updates and things like that; this was my first computer. So my Word 97 is still as it appears on the CD-ROM.

I have recorded a number of macros to help me in editing downloaded or scanned texts to achieve an acceptable layout on A4 sheets, good to read both on the screen and on paper. The buttons were marked 'Tekst I', 'Tekst II' and 'Mrs.'. 'Tekst', as you may have guessed, is Dutch for 'Text'. It seemed a good idea to change those markings into three icons '1', '2' and '3'.

But the outcome was that the first button became '1 Tekst I', which was not what I intended. What did I do wrong?

In trying to remove the superfluous part I removed the entire button. I found out that the macro was still there, and could be activated by pushing ALT + X, + M, + M, releasing ALT, use the arrow keys to select 'Tekst I', and type ALT + U. So I'm not entirely up the spout, it's a bit awkward all the same.

Can you help?

P.G. van Dijk, Zwolle, Netherlands

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