What happened to the Office Shortcut Bar?

The Office Shortcut Bar is not available in Microsoft Office 2003. However, you can use the Windows XP Start menu or the Windows Quick Launch bar in Windows XP or Windows 2000 to quickly open an Office program, file, or folder.

ShowAdd an Office program, file, or folder to the Windows Start menu

The following instructions are for the Windows XP Start menu style. If you are using the Windows Classic Start menu style or Windows 2000, see Help in Windows.

Add an Office program to the Windows Start menu

  1. On the Start menu, point to All Programs, and then point to Microsoft Office.
  2. Right-click the Office program you want to add to the Start menu, and then click Pin to Start menu.
  3. Repeat the steps above for additional programs you want to add to the Start menu.

ShowTips

  • You can remove a program from the pinned items list by right-clicking the program and then clicking Unpin from Start menu.
  • You can change the order of the programs on the pinned items list by dragging a program to a new position.

Add a file or folder to the Windows Start menu

  • In My Computer or Windows Explorer, click the file or folder you want to add, and then drag it to the Windows Start menu.

For more information about customizing the Windows Start menu, see Help in Windows.

ShowAdd an Office program, file, or folder to the Windows Quick Launch bar

Show the Quick Launch bar

ShowWindows XP

  1. Right-click the taskbar, and then click Properties.
  2. On the Taskbar tab, select the Show Quick Launch check box, and then click Apply.

ShowWindows 2000

  • Right-click an empty area on the taskbar, click Toolbars, and then click Quick Launch.

If you right-click an empty area on the taskbar and do not see the Toolbars option, click Lock the Taskbar to clear the check mark.

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  • You can resize the Quick Launch bar or move it to another location on the taskbar by pointing to the vertical bar on the left side of the toolbar and dragging it to the left or right.
  • You can create a floating toolbar by dragging it from the taskbar to the desktop.

Add an Office program, file, or folder to the Quick Launch bar

  • In My Computer or Windows Explorer, click the program, file, or folder you want to add, and then drag it to the Quick Launch bar.

For more information about working with the Quick Launch bar, see Help in Windows.

 
 
Applies to:
Access 2003, Excel 2003, FrontPage 2003, InfoPath 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Publisher 2003, Word 2003