Changing a Toolbar Button Image

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 21, 2021)

2

Excel provides you with quite a bit of flexibility in how your toolbars appear. You can change the appearance of your toolbar buttons so they accurately reflect how you want Excel to appear. For instance, you may have added a custom macro to a toolbar, and you want to change it so that a graphic appears on the toolbar button instead of the macro name. Follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on any toolbar visible in Excel. Excel displays a Context menu.
  2. Choose Customize from the Context menu. Excel displays the Customize dialog box with the Toolbars tab selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Toolbars tab of the Customize dialog box.

  4. Right-click your mouse on the toolbar button you want to modify. Excel displays a Context menu.
  5. Choose Change Button Image from the Context menu. Excel displays a list of available graphic images you can use.
  6. Click your mouse on the graphic image you want to use. The image appears on the toolbar button.
  7. If you want to get rid of the text that appears on the toolbar button, continue with the next step, otherwise, skip to step 9.
  8. Right-click your mouse on the toolbar button you want to modify. Excel displays a Context menu.
  9. Choose Default Style from the Context menu. The toolbar button changes to only an image.
  10. Click on Close to get rid of the Customize dialog box.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2725) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Author Bio

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Printing without Track Changes Marks

If your document has a lot of markup visible in it, you may want to print a copy of the document that doesn't reflect ...

Discover More

Using Multiple Print Settings

Do you have a worksheet from which you need to print only portions of the data available? There are two ways you can ...

Discover More

Applying Range Names to Formulas

If you define your named ranges after you create your formulas, you can have Excel update those formulas to reflect the ...

Discover More

Excel Smarts for Beginners! Featuring the friendly and trusted For Dummies style, this popular guide shows beginners how to get up and running with Excel while also helping more experienced users get comfortable with the newest features. Check out Excel 2013 For Dummies today!

More ExcelTips (menu)

Customizing a Toolbar

Toolbars make it easy to quickly access your most common commands. Excel allows you to customize your toolbars so that ...

Discover More

Creating a New Toolbar

Excel's interface can be easily modified to reflect the way you want to do your work. This tip explains how you can ...

Discover More

Making the Formula Bar Persistent

If your Formula bar disappears when you load a workbook, it could be due to the presence of a macro that turns it off. ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 3 - 3?

2021-08-23 20:33:27

Allen

Richard,

No, it doesn't work in Office 2019. As it says at the end of the tip, "This tip (2725) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003."

In fact, this whole site is for older versions of Excel. If you want tips for the newer versions, see the notice at the top-right of every page on this site.

-Allen


2021-08-23 18:46:02

Richard Blunt

Does this work in Office 2019? I thought they discontinued it several years ago... :( I tried these steps hoping that maybe they brought it back but none of this worked for me. This looks like the way I used to do it in the old days :)


This Site

Got a version of Excel that uses the menu interface (Excel 97, Excel 2000, Excel 2002, or Excel 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.