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Tech Tip #11: How to Show the Entire Drop Down Menu (Office 2003)

Posted by on April 29, 2012

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q: Every time I click on a drop down menu in MS Office (Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint), it shows only some of the choices. How can I see all of them?

A: How often has some good-hearted soul who’s trying to help you with something techie said, Select the menu command Edit (or whichever it might be). Now click on… And they rattle of a choice that you don’t see on your drop down menu. Right there, you’re stuck.

Here’s what probably happened. The menu commands are the words at the top of your program (i.e., MS Word). When you click on them, they drop down a bunch of choice. You make your selection from those. If you click on the menu command, and see a double arrow at the bottom, that means there are choices Word is hiding because you don’t use them often. You could click the double arrow to reveal those, or you could do the following:

  • Go to the menu command Tools
  • Select Customize (toward the bottom of the list)
  • When the dialogue box comes up, select the tab for

Now, every time you select a drop down menu, it will fully drop down.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.


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