Using Large Toolbar Buttons

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 4, 2014)


Let's face it—for those of us getting to the bifocal age, the toolbar buttons are sometimes a bit too small. In fact, it is sometimes downright impossible to tell exactly what that is on an icon! (Is that a chain link or a sausage beneath that ball?) This problem seems particularly acute when working with a monitor set to a high resolution.

Fortunately, you can make the toolbars appear a bit larger. Just follow these steps:

  1. Choose the Customize option from the Tools menu. Word displays the Customize dialog box.
  2. Click on the Options tab. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Options tab of the Customize dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Large Icons option is selected.
  5. Click on Close.

Notice how the toolbar buttons now seem huge—but you can at least see them! This change doesn't affect just Word, but any Microsoft Office program you have installed on your system.

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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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2018-01-14 15:38:06

Kenneth Allen Hornak


I realise you know your field very well, but to be a better teacher,
you need to start where the student is. For example, on this link

you fail, at the very beginning, to show how to get to the toolbar in
the first place. You need to begin your teaching on the exact level
of your student's understanding, otherwise, all of your expert advice
is useless.

2017-12-15 21:54:17


I have a problem that I can't seem to find an answer for. I opened Word XP today and all my fonts in the toolbars were shrunk to a microscopic size without me doing anything to change the size.

I tried going to tools, customize, but once I get there I see nothing that allows me to change the size of the fonts in the toolbar.

Just to make it as clear as possible, I'm talking about the bars at the top which include the file, edit, view options and so on, and the one below that which allows you to choose the type size for the text in the document, not the font size for the document itself.

I've seen people talk about right clicking the desktop to change it, but I'm thinking they're mistaking this feature, as it controls other things. It has no effect on Word.

2017-05-26 23:56:18


I had Microsoft Office 2007 on my old laptop. That broke and I got a used one that also has Microsoft Office 2007 (supposedly). It looks different than the old version. The icons are too small to see even with my screen resolution at 1600X900 like the old computer. I can find no screen that looks like your sample that gives an option for "large icons." This is pretty typical for me in tutorials that I can't find the window shown in the example. I usually have better luck on YouTube, but for this topic of enlarging icon size in Word 2007, there isn't anything. Any help will be much appreciated.

2016-09-12 18:50:32

Barry rentrop

How do i get to the tools menu to click on customize

2015-11-13 19:14:02

Elisabeth Mairi Gordon

I have Word 2007 and Windows7..
How can I make the icons smaller as they are huge at the moment..
I have searched and cant find a solution to make them smaller.
I recognise the above dialogue box as having seen it on XP but there is no Tools > Options on Windows 7..
Thank you

2014-12-16 06:17:13

Robert Wheeler Todd

12/16/2014 6:15 AM
Since the word TOOLS is nowhere to be seen on my monitor running Word, how can I navigate to the Customize dialog box?

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