Almost every feature or command that you will need to use in Microsoft Word 2010, whether it’s the ability to add comments or insert a picture, can be found on the Office ribbon, or on the File tab. This means that you are rarely more than a click or two from the option or setting that you are trying to find. But if that option is something that you use frequently, you may be looking for a faster way to access it. This is where the Quick Access toolbar can be helpful, as it offers a location for certain commands so that they are always visible on your screen.
The Quick Access toolbar can be displayed in one of two places. It can either be above the Office ribbon, or below it. If your Quick Access toolbar is currently in a location that you are not happy with, then you can follow the steps in our guide below and learn how to move it.
Moving the Quick Access Toolbar Above or Below the Office Ribbon in Word 2010
The steps below will show you where to find the settings to specify the location of your Quick Access toolbar. If you wish to add more options to this toolbar, such as an Advanced Find feature, then the steps in this article will show you what to do. Customizing the Quick Access toolbar provides you with a lot of different options to access your frequently used commands in a more convenient way.
Step 1: Open Microsoft Word 2010.
Step 2: Locate the Quick Access toolbar. It will either be at the top-left hand corner of the window, or it will be below the ribbon.
Step 3: Click the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button (the icon with the downward facing arrow.)
Step 4: Click the Show Below the Ribbon button or the Show Above the Ribbon option, depending upon where the toolbar is currently located.
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