Rearranging the Standard Toolbar in Office 2011

By Peter Weverka

Part of Office for iPad and the Mac For Dummies Cheat Sheet

No matter where you go in an Office 2011 application, the Standard toolbar appears above the Ribbon. It offers buttons that you can click to do common tasks. Is the Standard toolbar too crowded for your taste? Do you want to rearrange the buttons on the Standard toolbar?

To make better use of the Standard toolbar, choose View→Toolbars→Customize Toolbars and Menus. You see the Customize Toolbars and Menus dialog box. As long as this dialog box is open, you can do the following to the Standard toolbar:

  • Remove a button. Drag the button off the toolbar.

  • Rearrange the buttons. Drag buttons to the left or right to change their positions on the toolbar. Put the buttons you click most often in positions on the toolbar where you can find them easily.

If your experiments with the Standard toolbar go awry, you can get the original toolbar back. To do so, choose View→Toolbars→Customize Toolbars and Menus, and in the Customize Toolbars and Menus dialog box, select the Standard toolbar and click the Reset button.