Adding a Macro to a Toolbar

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 16, 2018)

4

Excel is a very flexible program. You can configure it to work just about any way you can imagine. For instance, you can create a macro, and then add it to a toolbar. To do this, follow these steps:

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

  4. In the list of toolbars, make sure there is a check mark beside the toolbar to which you want your macro added. The check mark ensures that the toolbar is displayed on the screen.
  5. Click on the Commands tab. (See Figure 2.)
  6. Figure 2. The Commands tab of the Customize dialog box.

  7. In the list of Categories, choose the Macros entry. Your macros should then appear in the Commands list.
  8. In the Commands list, select the macro you want assigned to a toolbar.
  9. Using the mouse, drag the macro from the Commands list to the location on the toolbar where you want it to appear.
  10. When you drop the macro, it appears on the toolbar.
  11. To add more macros, repeat steps 6 through 8.
  12. Click on Close.

Note:

If you would like to know how to use the macros described on this page (or on any other page on the ExcelTips sites), I've prepared a special page that includes helpful information. Click here to open that special page in a new browser tab.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2926) 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

Changing the Format of Existing Dates

There are a myriad of ways in which a date can be formattedâ€"day first, month first, number of digits in the year, etc. ...

Discover More

Changing Directories in a Macro

When a macro works with files, it often has to change between different directories on your disk drive. This is done ...

Discover More

Breaking a Document Link

Word allows you to link external information into your documents. If you no longer need to maintain the active link, you ...

Discover More

Comprehensive VBA Guide Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is the language used for writing macros in all Office programs. This complete guide shows both professionals and novices how to master VBA in order to customize the entire Office suite for their needs. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2010 today!

More ExcelTips (menu)

Getting Rid of the "Enable Macros" Notice

Do you get tired of the dialog box that says "do you want to enable macros" that is displayed when you open a workbook. ...

Discover More

Quickly Dumping Array Contents

Variable arrays are used quite often in macros. If you use an array once in your macro and then need to reuse it for ...

Discover More

Disabled Macros

Do your macros seem to be disabled on your new machine? It could be because of the security settings in Excel. Here's ...

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}] 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 9 - 8?

2015-03-16 02:26:03

christopher montilla

I work at a hospital as admittig clerk
I would like to know if I could increment a seriesof six numbers but beginning from the two inner digits in MS Excel

Ex. 210098
210198
210298 ...
only thetwo inner digits increment before the sixth digit increment when the two inner digits reach a count of 99

Ex. 219798
219898
219998

When it reaches 219998
the sixth digit will increment by 1
say, 210099


2013-12-31 14:23:08

awyatt

Ray,

Thanks for the heads-up. I'll get it fixed ASAP.

-Allen


2013-12-29 18:51:47

Jim Boyer

Good tip. I've worked on making some toolbars and macros in Excel 2003, but when I click on macros category, what shows up in the commands list is NOT the list of macros I have, but only two items: Custom menu item, custom button. How am I missing what you describe in step 5?


2013-12-29 13:30:04

Ray Austin

Allen,

At the start of this tip, I reckon the 1st word is the wrong Word !!

"Word is a very flexible program."

Ray


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.