Hi! It happens to all of us: we’re working in Word, Excel or Outlook and – suddenly – a toolbar or menu is gone! Missing! No where to be found! Where did it go and, more importantly, how do we get it back?
Now you’ll know how to take care of it.
We’ll use Word as an example but this tip works for all the Office products. When a toolbar or menu goes missing, it probably was an errant click that killed it. Here’s what you do:
- put your mouse at the top of the window at the menu or remaining toolbar
- right click the mouse. you’ll see a list of available toolbars, some checked and some not.
- Word, for example, starts with ‘Standard’ and ‘Formatting’ checked. If you’re missing a toolbar, you can simply click its name and it will reappear!
Look at this screen shot of Microsoft Word:
Cool! So now you know how to get your toolbar back!
BONUS: Did you know you can move those toolbars around and even move them off the top of the window to other parts of the program? If you look closely at the left side of each toolbar, there are 3 or 4 vertical dots. Hold your mouse over them and the cursor changes to a set of 4 arrows.
That’s your hint that you can move the toolbar (or menu). When the cursor is the 4-arrow-thingy, click the left mouse button down and don’t let go. You can now move the selected element anywhere you’d like: move it next to another tool bar, move it to the side of the window, or have it floating on the document itself. Go ahead and try it… and then, if you hate it, move it back the same way.
A missing toolbar? No problem!!