When you highlight text, Word 2007 displays the Mini Toolbar. It’s a neat addition that puts a number of formatting options at your fingertips (versus searching through the Ribbon options). However, not everyone likes the Mini Toolbar. In fact, some readers report that they find it downright annoying. If that’s you, just disable it, as follows:

  1. Click the Office button.
  2. Click Word Options (bottom right)
  3. Popular is selected by default in the left pane. Uncheck the first option, Show Mini Toolbar On Selection.
  4. Click OK.

If you decide you miss it, just repeat the sequence and check Show Mini Toolbar On Selection in step 3.