Getting Rid of Stubborn Icons

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 8, 2016)

Barry has a stubborn toolbar icon that he cannot get rid of. A long time ago he installed TextBridge Pro, but has since removed it. He's deleted all its files and upgraded his computer's operating system. Yet, the TextBridge icon is still on Excel's Standard toolbar.

You should be able to remove items on the toolbar by displaying the Customize dialog box (View | Toolbars | Customize) and then dragging the icon from an existing toolbar. When you close the Customize dialog box, the icon should be gone.

If, when you restart Excel, the toolbar icon reappears, it is probably due to some macro that is running on startup and modifying the toolbar. Check to see if there are any such macros, and remove them, if necessary. (Remember that the macro could be in your Personal.xls file, as well.)

You should also check in your Startup folder for Excel (XLStart) and see if there are any workbooks in there that you don't recognize. If there are, they could be the source of the offending icon. Drag them out of the Startup folder, and then restart Excel to see what happens.

There are any number of other startup-related problems that could be causing the icon to reappear. A good place to start tracking down startup problems is by following the steps outlined by Jan Karel Pieterse at this page:

http://www.jkp-ads.com/Articles/StartupProblems.asp

If you still cannot get rid of the icon, there is one last thing you can try, as described in these general steps:

  1. Create a brand new toolbar with nothing on it. Give it any name you desire.
  2. With the Customize dialog box open, drag the offending icon to the newly created toolbar.
  3. Close the Customize dialog box, then use View | Toolbars to turn off the new toolbar so it is no longer displayed.

Hopefully the offending icon will like its new home in the never-to-be-seen toolbar, and you can get on with using Excel without the distraction.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3097) 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

Adding Information after the Endnotes

Endnotes appear at the end of the document, right? Not always, as Word provides a way that you can actually add as much ...

Discover More

Smart Quotes with Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a very popular transcription tool that converts speech into text. When using the program ...

Discover More

Ruler Disappears when Entire Document Selected

The rulers in Word can be quite helpful when formatting your document. The rulers may not be displayed all the time, ...

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)

Buttons for Workbooks

Wouldn't it be great to have a workbook accessible with just a single button click? It's possible if you follow the steps ...

Discover More

Deleting a Toolbar

After a time you may not need one of the custom toolbars you've created. This tip explains how to free up resources in ...

Discover More

Where is Toolbar Customization Information Stored?

When you make a change to one of Excel's toolbars, do you know where that change is stored? This tip explains the name ...

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 2 + 4?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


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.