Creating a New Toolbar

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 25, 2016)

As you are customizing Word to reflect your working habits, there may be times when you want to create your own custom toolbar. The process you go through to create a new toolbar differs, based on your version of Word. You can create a toolbar by following these steps:

  1. Choose Customize from the Tools menu. This displays the Customize dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Toolbars tab is selected.
  3. Click on New. This displays the New Toolbar dialog box.
  4. Provide a name for your toolbar in the Toolbar Name box.
  5. At the bottom of the dialog box, indicate the template to which your custom toolbar should be available. If you select Normal.dot, then the toolbar will be available at all times in Word.
  6. Click on OK to close the New Toolbar dialog box. The toolbar appears at the bottom of the list of toolbars on the Toolbars tab of the Customize dialog box. The empty toolbar should also be visible on your screen.
  7. Click on the Commands tab in the Customize dialog box.
  8. In the list of Categories, select the major category that contains the command you want to add to the new toolbar.
  9. In the list of Commands, select the command you want to add to the toolbar.
  10. Use the mouse to drag the command from the Commands list to its new location on your toolbar. When you release the mouse button, the icon or wording for the command appears.
  11. Repeat steps 8 through 10 to add more toolbar commands.
  12. Click on Close to dismiss the Customize dialog box.

If you are using Word 6 or Word 95, the process you follow is a bit different. You should use these steps to create a new toolbar:

  1. Choose Toolbars from the View menu. This displays the Toolbars dialog box.
  2. Click on New. This displays the New Toolbar dialog box.
  3. Provide a name for your toolbar in the Toolbar Name box.
  4. At the bottom of the dialog box, indicate the template to which your custom toolbar should be available. If you select Normal.dot, then the toolbar will be available at all times in Word.
  5. Click on OK to close the New Toolbar dialog box. The empty toolbar should be visible on your screen, and the Customize dialog box is displayed with the Toolbars tab selected.
  6. In the list of Categories, select the major category that contains the command you want to add to the new toolbar.
  7. In the list of Commands, select the command you want to add to the toolbar.
  8. Use the mouse to drag the command from the Commands list to its new location on your toolbar. When you release the mouse button, the icon or wording for the command appears.
  9. Repeat steps 6 through 8 to add more toolbar commands.
  10. Click on Close to dismiss 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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