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Adding a new button to a Word toolbar

Unless otherwise noted, all instructions and screenshots are from Microsoft Office for Windows.

If you’ve got a feature you use in Word pretty often, you probably hate having to go through the menu system to get to it. You know the drill: click on Tools, scroll down to Letters and Mailings, mouse across to Envelopes and Labels …

Do that enough times a day, and you’re ready to tear your hair out, right?

One easier way to handle such common tasks is to add a button for that feature to your toolbar. Here’s how:

(To get this full-screen, click the button in the lower-right-hand corner of the video player.)


This way, you always have one-click access to that feature, which can save you a ton of time and frustration.


As I said in the video, you can use this for virtually any feature you want in Word, so customize those toolbars to your heart’s content!

by Deborah Savadra

I spend an inordinate amount of my time playing with computers and attempting to explain technology to lawyers and law office staff. It's not always easy, but someone's got to do it.

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  1. Outstanding. I love when you said “one button – one click access”.

    Can the screen be enlarged for ease of reading?

  2. “Can the screen be enlarged for ease of reading?”

    Actually, yes, and I should point that out specifically on every video.

    With the videos that are hosted on YouTube, there is a button next to the volume button on the right-hand side (just under the YouTube logo) that will enlarge the video to full-screen. Once the video’s finished playing, hitting the Escape key will return it to the reduced size.

    I will remember from now on to point that out in all my videos and will update the ones that are already loaded to point to that “full-screen” button. Thanks for the feedback!