Adding a Macro to a Toolbar

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated October 2, 2021)
This tip applies to Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


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.

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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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