by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 7, 2013)
Tom is having a problem with what gets loaded up in Word. When he starts the program, Word loads about 45 custom toolbars on my system. He has repeatedly deleted the toolbars, but they still show up. He wants to get rid of these toolbars once and for all.
There are two things you should try. The first is to find the Startup folder used by Word and see if there are add-ins or other files located within the folder. You can locate the Startup folder by following these steps:
The resulting dialog box indicates the location of the Startup folder being used by Word. Once you have the location of the Startup folder, close Word and use Windows to examine the contents of that folder. Move any programs or templates out of the folder and then restart Word. If your unwanted toolbars are gone, you've found the solution to your problem—one of the files you moved was loading them.
If that does not fix your problem, or it only removes some of the toolbars, then the next best place to check is your Normal.dot template. Follow these general steps:
If you are using global templates in your version of Word other than Normal.dot, you may need to follow the same process with each of those templates. Once you've updated them all and restarted Word, the unwanted toolbars should be gone.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (3815) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.
Do More in Less Time! Are you ready to harness the full power of Word 2013 to create professional documents? In this comprehensive guide you'll learn the skills and techniques for efficiently building the documents you need for your professional and your personal life. Check out Word 2013 In Depth today!
The Outlining toolbar contains tools that are helpful to use, even if you aren't working on your document's outline. This ...Discover More
Word 2002 and Word 2003 use dynamic toolbars that can adjust themselves based on usage patterns of the tools. This can ...Discover More
Customize Word enough, and you may at some point want to set the toolbars back to their original condition. Here's how to ...Discover More
FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."
Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.