Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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10.1.1 Working with Toolbars and Menus Interactively
Indeed, an application that has many features might benefit from a dedicated toolbar or menu bar
or a dedicated popup menu on, say, the main Excel worksheet and chart menu bars.
In short, the decision as to how to provide access to the features of an Office application depends
on several things, including the complexity of the application, the scope of its features, and
personal preferences.
10.1.1 Working with Toolbars and Menus Interactively
Whether we choose to place a command button for a macro on an existing Excel toolbar or on a
custom toolbar of our own making, we may need to specify, using the Excel user interface, when
the toolbar in question will be displayed. We can create a new toolbar and display or hide existing
toolbars by selecting the Customize option from the Tools menu. The Toolbars tab for the
Customize dialog box is shown in Figure 10-2 .
Figure 10-2. The Toolbars tab of the Customize dialog
To create a new toolbar, simply click the New button. Excel opens the New Toolbar dialog, which
prompts us for a name for the toolbar. After we assign it a unique name, Excel will create the
toolbar, list it in the Toolbars list box, and display the toolbar. We can then populate the toolbar
with buttons.
To display or hide existing toolbars, we simply check or uncheck their boxes in the Toolbars list
We can also create a new submenu, which can then be added to an existing menu or toolbar. To do
this, we select the Commands tab of the Customize dialog (see Figure 10-3 ) , then select the New
Menu option in the Categories list box. Click on the New Menu item in the Commands list box
and drag it to the appropriate menu or toolbar. Finally, we right-click on the new menu and enter
its caption in the context menu's Name field.
Figure 10-3. The Commands tab of the Customize dialog
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