Turn off Word's Mini Toolbar

If Word's Mini Toolbar annoys you, you're in good company. Join the Mini Toolbar revolt and turn it off!

Word 2007 and 2010 have an interesting feature called the Mini Toolbar. It's one of those features you'll either love or hate…or love to hate. Here's what happens: When you select text, Word displays the Mini Toolbar—right over the text you just selected.

If you're busy formatting, it can be convenient. I don't do a lot of formatting. I'm a straight text kind of gal. I type, I edit, and then I format only when I have to. While I'm writing and editing, the Mini Toolbar just gets in my way. Now, there are those that say "Just ignore it," but why should we have to? If you don't like the Mini Toolbar, you can turn it off as follows:

Office 2007

Office 2010

1. Click the Office button. 2. Click Word Options. 3. Click Popular in the left pane (the default). 4. In the Top Options For Working With Word section, uncheck the Show Mini Toolbar on Selection option. 5. Click OK. 1. Click the File tab. 2. Click Options under Help in the left pane. 3. Click General (the default). 4. In the User Interface Options section, uncheck the Show Mini Toolbar on Selection option. 5. Click OK.

It's so easy that you can turn it off while writing and editing, and then turn it back on when you're ready to format. If you do that a lot, consider adding a macro button that toggles the option to the Quick Access Toolbar.


Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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