How to Move the Quick Access Toolbar in Word 2010

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.

quick access toolbar above ribbon


quick access toolbar below ribbon

Step 3: Click the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button (the icon with the downward facing arrow.)

edit the quick access toolbar

Step 4: Click the Show Below the Ribbon button or the Show Above the Ribbon option, depending upon where the toolbar is currently located.

show below the ribbon


show above the ribbon

Now that you know how to move the Quick Access toolbar in Word 2010, you can put it in a location that is more helpful for the way that you navigate the application.

Summary – Moving the Word Quick Access Bar

  1. Open Word.
  2. Find the Quick Access toolbar.
  3. Select the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button.
  4. Choose the Show Below the Ribbon option.

Do you find that the Office ribbon is taking up too much of your screen, and that you would prefer it to be hidden until you need it? Learn how to hide the ribbon in Word 2010 and use more of your window for your document.

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