Using the Function Key Display Toolbar

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 28, 2018)

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One of the hidden features of Word is a handy toolbar that lets you know what's what on the function keys. This is officially known as the Function Key Display Toolbar. You can display the toolbar, if you are using Word 2000 or 2002, by following these instructions:
  1. Choose Customize from the Tools menu. Word displays the Customize dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Toolbars tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Toolbars tab of the Customize dialog box.

  4. In the list of available toolbars, select the Function Key Display toolbar. There should be a check mark next to the toolbar, and it should appear at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Click on Close to make the dialog box disappear. The toolbar should remain.
Notice that the toolbar occupies only a single line at the bottom of your screen. It would be more helpful if you detached the toolbar into its own dialog box. Simply use the mouse to grab the vertical bar at the left side of the toolbar, and then drag it up and away from the bottom of the window. Note that when you press some modifier key (Ctrl, Alt, or Shift), the keys shown in the Function Key Display toolbar all change. This makes the toolbar a great help in learning how to use the function keys.

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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 one more than 5?

2015-05-07 11:39:26

R. Atkins

I assume this is gone for Word 2007 and above, correct? This would be a great opportunity for a Word add-on.


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