Menu and Toolbar Tips for All Microsoft Office Applications
They've ruined the menus for
the average user. In my
Menu Settings for Microsoft Word, we show you more specific settings.
Here, we just want to show you a few tips.
Showing it All
The menus are designed, by
default, to hide commands that you don't use regularly. How will you ever
learn them if you can't even see them? Unhide them all. Taking the following
steps in any one program, changes the setting in all of the applications.
We'll use Word for our demonstration.
From the menu, choose ToolsŕCustomize
and click the Options tab. Check both buttons at the top.
Menu Options and Toolbar Buttons
Want to remove
certain toolbar buttons? No need to even open a dialog. Just hold the Alt key
down and drag the button down into your spreadsheet or document.
Removing a menu
options is a little harder. You have to have the ToolsŕCustomize
dialog open when you do it.
If you drag a
toolbar out of place, it is "not docked". For instance, Word's Standard
toolbar looks like the graphic below when it's not in the right place.
To put it back to
its default location, just double-click the title bar for the toolbar. This is
true with virtually all Windows applications.
Change the Text
Size on Toolbars and Menus
Oops! We can't do
this through Microsoft Office customization. This must be done through the
Desktop Properties of Windows. Right-click your desktop, and choose
Properties. Go to the Appearance tab. Make changes to your settings there. Be
careful not to use the same color text and background!
Restore Any Toolbar
If you have even one toolbar or menu showing, just right-click
it and choose Customize. Go to the Toolbars tab, and make sure the toolbars
you want are checked. If not, check them. If they're checked, then select the
Standard toolbar (without unchecking it), and hit Restore. Confirm that you
want to restore it. Do the same to each checked toolbar, including the menu
bar. That should restore any menus or toolbars that are missing. If you have
no toolbars showing, then you'll likely need to do a registry edit to recover
them. See the specific application's troubleshooting steps.
Close All Files
Did you know you can close all the files you have open, all at
once shot? Just hold the Shift key down while you access the File menu. Check
out the new option there.
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