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Today’s tip: Speed up MS Office with the Quick Access Toolbar
Category: MS Office
Q: I tend to do the same actions over and over in MS Office. How do I make that easier?
A: This one will improve the quality of your life immediately.
First, you need Office 2007 or later. Earlier versions don’t include the Quick Access toolbar. Click the drop down arrow (see inset) for the most popular actions–new, open, save, print, etc. Check off those you want on the Quick Access toolbar. Toward the bottom is a choice to have the QA toolbar above or below the ribbon. I choose below.
You can also customize it: If there are tools not included that you use frequently (for example, I use strike through a lot), select ‘customize’ and go find it in the endless list.
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
5 thoughts on “Tech Tip #97: Speed up MSO with Quick Access Toolbar”
Thanks, Jacqui. 🙂
I keep fine-tuning my quick access bar. I hate when people don’t have one!
I have everything I need in my ribbon.
I’ve never tried this, but it looks more practical. Time to give it a whirl.
There are about fifteen actions you can pick from or add your own. I tend to do a lot of the same few actions so those are all right there.
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