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How to Adjust Toolbar and Menu Options in Office 2008 for Mac

You can make a few adjustments to your toolbars and menus in Office 2008 for Mac to make them work better for you. When you open the Customize Toolbars and Menus dialog (choose View→Customize Toolbars and Menus), you find check boxes for four options:

  • Show Icon and Text: This option turns the text labels in the Standard toolbar on and off. Although turning off the text doesn’t buy you a ton of screen real estate, if you’re using a laptop, even the small amount of additional space it saves can be welcome. So, once you know what the icons on the toolbar do, consider turning off their text labels and gaining a little screen real estate.

  • Show ScreenTips for Toolbar Commands: ScreenTips are the little yellow boxes that pop up when you move your cursor over an item in a toolbar without clicking. Some people find them annoying, and if you’re one of them, you might want to deselect this check box to turn them off. Even if you do hate them, you’ll probably want to at least leave them on until you have memorized what each icon does in the toolbars you use regularly.

  • Show Shortcut Keys in ScreenTips: If you’re going to show ScreenTips, select this check box and show the keyboard shortcuts, too.

  • Show Typefaces in Font Menus: There are only two reasons not to enable this option. The first is that you know exactly what every font installed on your Mac looks like. The second is that you have a lot of fonts installed and also have a slower, older Mac. In that case, enabling this option could cause the applications to launch slowly and introduce a delay when you open the Font menu.

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