From the Kenosha News on 5-14-06

You can control the toolbars and icons that you see

Within most Microsoft and other applications, you can select which toolbars you want to display, where they should appear, and even which icons to display on the toolbars. The examples below are from MS Word and Internet Explorer.

Occasionally, in one of these applications, toolbars are displayed that you don’t want or need. To display or turn off toolbars, click the View menu and go to Toolbars. A menu should display with the current toolbars checked. In MS Word, the two you normally see above your document include the Standard toolbar – which includes the Save, Print, Copy, and Paste icons – and the Formatting toolbar – which shows the font name and size and has icons for centering, bullets, etc. You can experiment with checking and unchecking toolbars to see which ones do what, where they appear, and so on. Note that not all toolbars will appear at the top of the screen, above the document. The Drawing toolbar, for example, often appears at the bottom, below the document.

In Internet Explorer, the two toolbars usually displayed are Standard Buttons – which includes buttons for back, forward, home, and print – and the Address Bar – which provides a place for you to type in web addresses you want to visit. You may also have the Google toolbar installed to help with searching and preventing pop-ups. If it’s not on the list of available toolbars, you must download and install it from (See my 12/19/04 article in the News Archive at

You can change the location of a toolbar by clicking on the dashed vertical line at its left and dragging it. Note that when you float your mouse over that far left place on the toolbar, your cursor turns into a four-pointed arrow. You can drag the toolbar to the bottom, the side, next to another toolbar, or to float in the middle of your screen.

You can customize which buttons appear on a toolbar in MS. For example, to add a double-spacing button to the Formatting toolbar, click the Tools menu and drag to Customize. Click on the Commands tab. Click the Format item on the list of Categories at the left. Scroll down in the box at the right until you see the Double spacing item. Click on it and drag it to the place you want it to appear on the appropriate toolbar. To remove a button or item from a toolbar, go into the same Commands tab as described above and click on the unwanted button and drag it off of the toolbar. In this same mode, you can also re-arrange the buttons on a toolbar as you like.

To change buttons on your toolbars in Internet Explorer, click the View menu, go to Toolbars, then Customize. To add a button, click on its name on the left side of the screen and click the Add button in the middle of the screen. To remove a button, click on its name on the right side of the screen and click the Remove button. Move a button by clicking on its name in the right-hand box and clicking the Move Up or Move Down buttons.

By Carol Sabbar from the Kenosha News on 5-14-06