Adding Your Own Menu Items

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 2, 2017)

As you customize Excel to meet your particular needs, you may want to add a menu item or two. For instance, you might want to add a menu item to run a macro you have designed. To add an item to a menu, follow these steps:

  1. Select Customize from the Tools menu. Excel displays the Customize dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Commands tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Commands tab of the Customize dialog box.

  4. In the Categories list, select either the category of commands you want to add to the menu, or select Macros if you want to add a macro to a menu.
  5. In the list of available commands for the category, select the one that you want to add to a menu.
  6. Drag the selected command to the menu where you want it added. The menu appears as you move the selected command over the command name.
  7. As you reach the point where you want the item to be added, release the mouse button.

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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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