Office 2011 for Mac: Removing a Toolbar Command

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

Whether you use Office 2011 for Mac or another Microsoft Office product, your toolbars can get pretty cluttered. Whenever you feel the need to tweak the interface of a Microsoft Office application, you need to summon the Customize Toolbars and Menus dialog. This is a super-powerful dialog in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that lets you exert total control over all the toolbars and menus.

You also have easy access to all kinds of wonderful hidden features — brilliant jewels in the form of off-the-beaten-path commands kept secret from others, but not from you!

Soon, it might look like your toolbars are infested with more icons than mosquitoes in a jungle! Sometimes, a command that sounds perfect turns out not to be at all what you’d hoped it’d be. You can easily get rid of an unwanted or little-used command. For Mac diehards, it’s akin to removing a Dock icon without the poof!

Follow these steps to clean your toolbars in Office 2011 for Mac:

  1. From the menu bar, choose View→Toolbars→Customize Toolbars and Menus.

    This brings up the Customize Toolbars and Menus dialog.

  2. Click and drag any unwanted commands off toolbars or menus and let go anywhere.

    You can drag it back to the open dialog or just into empty space.

  3. Click OK to close the Customize Toolbars and Menus dialog.

    Now you can get back to your non-infested jungle . . . er, program interface.