Can I make my own Word toolbars?

December 2016

Toolbars in the Microsoft Word office software consolidate functions in one place so that the user does not have to visit the menus every time. The Word toolbars provide an efficient and quicker way of working. It is possible to customize Word toolbars according to user's needs and preferences. A custom toolbar can contain various functionalities in one place which are not normally placed together. For example, formatting functions can be added to the same toolbar as the drawing functions for ease of working. The custom made toolbar can be made available for a template so that all documents have access to the new customized Word toolbar.

Yes! To make your own toolbar:


  • 1. Choose Toolbars from the View menu.
  • 2. Select Customize.
  • 3. Click on the Toolbars tab, then click on the New button.
  • 4. Give the toolbar a name.

Under Word 2007

  • Click on the View Tab
  • Right click on it and select the Customize quick access tool bar option
  • Customize freely your toolbar and add the options you want to have.

You can also choose to make this toolbar available to the Normal template (all documents) or the current document only. A small toolbar palette will appear on the screen. Click on the Commands tab, select a Category, then drag the commands you want onto your new toolbar.

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