Saving Valuable Toolbar and Screen Space

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated July 23, 2022)
This tip applies to Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


You already know that Excel allows you to customize menus and toolbars to your heart's content. However, sometimes your toolbars become too wide, or you may not want to clutter the screen with new, custom toolbars.

Fortunately, Excel allows you to also place toolbar buttons on the menu bar. See that area just to the right of the Help menu? That can be valuable real estate for commonly used toolbar buttons. To move buttons there quickly, follow these steps:

  1. Hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys at the same time.
  2. Use the mouse to drag a toolbar button from its current position to the end of the menu bar.

You can follow these same steps for any other toolbar buttons you want to move. You can also use the standard ways of customizing your display to move toolbar buttons (choose Customize from the Tools menu). Either way, your toolbar buttons are in a unique place where you can always get at them.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2069) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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