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Reset Quick Access Toolbar

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

So, if you’re like me then when you started working with Office 2007 and found that you couldn’t customize the Ribbon you were a bit frustrated.

After all, in previous version we could add and remove individual toolbar button, create custom menus, rearrange the menus as well as the items on them… heck, we could even change the icons on the toolbar buttons.

But I digress… so here I am with Office 2007 and it seems that I’ve lost all abilities to make it my own.

Well, it turned out not ALL abilities.

There is that little toolbar they left for us to customize… you know, the Quick Access Toolbar.


Seeing the opportunity, I immediately made it my own and began to customize by adding and rearranging buttons to my heart’s content.

While I really felt that I “needed” all those customizations I’ve found that I really don’t use a lot of them and don’t even remember what some of the icons mean. Not to mention that once the initial shock that the Ribbon creates wears off there really isn’t a whole lot that I truly need on that toolbar.

Now that it’s loaded with “stuff” that I just don’t use my mind wanders to the possibilities of cleaning it up and trimming it down.

With that as my goal the decision is made… it’s time to start over.

In essence, I want to reset the Quick Access Toolbar and make only customizations that I’ll actually use.

Fortunately, Microsoft thought that we might feel this way from time to time and included a reset button – you just have to know where to find it.

Start by clicking the down-arrow to the right of the Quick Access Toolbar and then choosing More Commands.

When the Options dialog box opens you’ll be looking at the place where you made all these hasty decisions that have lead us to where we currently find ourselves.


Click the Reset button below your list of chosen commands.

You’ll then be asked to confirm your choice.


Click Yes to proceed with the reset and then OK to exit the Options dialog box.

Presto-chango! You’ve got a clean slate and are ready to build a useful toolbar this time.


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