Adding a Macro to the Quick Access Toolbar

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 23, 2016)


Word is a very flexible program, and a big part of that flexibility is due to macros. If you create a macro, you may want to add it to the Quick Access Toolbar so that you can quickly run it whenever you want. To add it, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 and Word 2013 display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. At the left side of the dialog box, click the Customize option (Word 2013) or the Quick Access Toolbar option (later versions). (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. Adding macros to the Quick Access Toolbar.

  4. Using the Choose Commands From drop-down list, choose Macros.
  5. In the list of available macros, select the one you want assigned to the Quick Access Toolbar.
  6. Click the Add button. The command now appears at the right side of the dialog box.
  7. Click the OK button. The command now appears on the Quick Access Toolbar.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2017-06-08 01:01:37

Paul Muir


Just wondering. I'm using Word 2007 and I have placed a custom template with multiple macros in my "...\Microsoft\Word\Startup" folder. This ".dotm" shows up correctly in the "Global templates and add-ins" dialog box and is properly checked. When I select "Macros" from the "Choose commands from" drop-down (as above) none of my macros are showing. When I do the same on a system with Word 2010 I have no problem. I created the template that I use for both in Word 2010. Any ideas what might be happening?

2016-06-27 15:50:52

Steve Gerhardt

I have been trying to discover WHERE the macros and auto text entries are stored. So far, I get that they are stored in normal.dotm, and the location is in the users folder on the local drive. In the templates folder. Can you store it other places, such as a server, for it to be used and backed up?

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