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Tech Tips for Writers #98: Speed up MS Office with Quick Access Toolbar

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: I tend to do the same actions over and over on my  MS Office software. How do I create a customized tool bar with my favorite tools?

A: This one is going to improved the quality of your tech life immediately. It’s so simple, you’ll wish you’d known it months ago.

First, you need Office 2007 or 2010 because earlier versions don’t include the Quick Access toolbar. It looks like this:

quick access toolbar
Quick Access toolbar–above or below the ribbons. I like below because I can see it better.

If you click the drop down arrow, you get the most popular actions–new, open, save, print, etc.

Customize Quick Access toolbar on Office 2010

Check off all those you want to appear on the toolbar. Toward the bottom is a choice to have the QA toolbar above or below the ribbon. I choose below because I find it more easily there. If there are tools you use frequently you wish were included (for example, I use the strike through a lot in my writing), select ‘customize’ and go find it in the endless list.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blog,Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculumK-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.


5 thoughts on “Tech Tips for Writers #98: Speed up MS Office with Quick Access Toolbar

  1. I thought I knew them all- so simple yet so useful. Why didn’t I notice it before? Love you Jacqui. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, …… and more thank yous. Arun


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