Removing Styles from the Quick Access Toolbar

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated December 17, 2022)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021


A while back Ray created, on the Quick Access Toolbar, a list of styles he commonly used. Later Ray deleted a few of the styles he no longer used. These styles were removed from the template and no longer appear anywhere, except on that list of styles on the Quick Access Toolbar. Ray wonders how he can remove these styles from the Quick Access Toolbar.

The first thing to keep in mind is that Ray's question is about the Quick Access Toolbar, not about any other place that styles may show up. For instance, Word can show styles in what is called the Quick Style Gallery on the Home tab of the ribbon. Getting things into and out of the Quick Style Gallery is a topic for a different tip because that is not what Ray is dealing with.

There are a couple of ways to remove things from the Quick Access Toolbar, and it doesn't matter if those "things" are styles or any other command you can place there. Perhaps the easiest way to do it is to just right-click on the QAT option and, from the resulting Context menu, choose the Remove from Quick Access Toolbar option. The option should immediately be removed.

You can also follow these steps, if you prefer:

  1. Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 or a later version display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. At the left of the dialog box choose Customize (Word 2007) or Quick Access Toolbar (Word 2010 and later versions).
  3. In the list of commands at the right of the dialog box, select the one you want removed from the Quick Access Toolbar.
  4. Click the Remove button.
  5. Click OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (13008) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021.

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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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