Word for Mac 2011 Toolbar: Adding the Fit to Window Command

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

The Fit to Window command is a Word 2011for Mac feature that’s so handy you might wonder why it’s not always on by default, or why it’s not part of any Mac toolbar. The Fit to Window command automatically keeps the document sized proportionally to the document window. After you try this command, you’ll probably use Fit to Window a lot; it’s a great example for discovering how easy it is to add commands to any toolbar.

To add the Fit to Window command to a Word toolbar in Office 2011 for Mac, take these steps:

  1. In Word, choose View→Toolbars→Customize Toolbars and Menus.

    The Customize Toolbars and Menus dialog appears.


  2. Click the Commands tab.

  3. In the Categories list (on the left), select the View category.

  4. In the Commands list (on the right), scroll down to find the Fit to Window command, and then select it.

    Notice that when you select a command, its description appears in the Description area. This is very handy for finding out more about commands you may have never explored or seen before.

  5. Drag the Fit to Window command from the dialog to any toolbar and then release the mouse button when you see a shadowed insertion bar.

    When the Customize Toolbars and Menus dialog is open, you can move any toolbar command or menu item by dragging it to any toolbar or menu. You can also rearrange the commands on any toolbar or menu by dragging the commands to new positions on the same or other toolbars.

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

    You can use these same general steps to add other commands in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Of course, after you get into the magical Customize Toolbars and Menus dialog, you’ll want to try hundreds of commands that you never knew about. This can be a nice thing to try when you have some spare time or when you’re on an airplane with no Internet access!