Disable Word 2007's Mini Toolbar

If you find Word 2007's Mini Toolbar annoying, just turn it off!

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.

By Susan Harkins

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.