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Customize your toolbars and menus

The Customize dialog box with the Command tab selected

The Commands tab of the Customize dialog box. Each category has a different group of commands.

Do you often use a command that is buried at the bottom of a menu, but you wish it were more accessible? Well, you can always add that command (in button format) to a toolbar. In the first lesson you saw a quick way to add or remove buttons from a selected list of related buttons on a built-in toolbar. Now you will find out how to add buttons and commands to any toolbar or menu.

We also told you that commands are on menus and buttons are on toolbars. Actually, behind their appearance, buttons are the same as commands. You can change a command to look like a button and vice versa.

Adding a command to a menu or a button to a toolbar is easily achieved. You need to use the Commands tab of the Customize dialog box. The various types of commands are listed in the Categories list. The categories are divided up by the traditional menu and toolbar structure, so formatting commands such as bold and italic are in the Format category.

Once you have identified which category you are interested in, you can look for a specific action in the Commands list. To include that action as a command on a menu, simply drag it from the dialog box onto the menu. And if you want it as a button on a toolbar, drag it into position on your chosen toolbar.

As you can see in the picture on the left, some commands have an icon associated with them. This icon is the button that will show on the toolbar. If you choose to put a command without an icon on a toolbar, it will appear as a button with text written on it. Find out how to change the button image to a normal button with an icon in the next section.

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