You have probably seen the Quick Access toolbar near the Office Button, but you may not realize it is quite a handy tool.
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to customize the QA toolbar so your favorite document formatting options are always in view.
If you upgraded to Word 2007 from an earlier version, you may miss the information that was always visible on the formatting toolbar.
In this tutorial, we create a copy of that feature from yesteryear so you can access font and style information no matter what tab is open on the ribbon.
The QA Toolbar is located above the ribbon, to the right of the Office button.
To allow easier access, follow these steps to move the toolbar below the ribbon:
It's quick and easy to add toolbar icons that are visible in the ribbon to the Quick Access Toolbar.
To add icons to the toolbar, follow these steps:
Your toolbar should now look like the following screenshot:
You probably notice that the style information is missing, so let's add that now.
The Style item is not available in the ribbon, so we have to add it using the Word Options window. It is accessible directly from the Quick Access Toolbar by following these steps:
To complete the tutorial, keep the Word Options window open.
Tip: To remove an item you don't want, right-click the icon on the toolbar, then select Remove.
Now that the Style item has been added, we need to move it so it appears before the Font item on our toolbar:
You now have a reasonable copy of the Word 2003 formatting toolbar that is always in view, no matter what tab is open, even if the ribbon is minimized!
I used a small version of the original toolbar for this tutorial. If you want to include all of the items from the Word 2003 formatting toolbar, add these additional items from the Home tab in this order: Align Text Left, Center, Align Text Right, Justify, Line Spacing, Numbering, Bullets, Decrease Indent, Increase Indent, Borders, Text Highlight Color, and Font Color.
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