Create drop-down toolbar button in Word 2003

Microsoft Office word 2003
June 24, 2010 at 06:22:12
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP-3
I am trying to create a toolbar button with a drop-down to provide several functions/options - similar to the way the Highlight and Font Color buttons work on the standard Formatting toolbar.

I can easily add a drop-down menu to a toolbar using Customize>Commands>New Menu and dragging the New Menu command to the toolbar, but there's no way to replace the menu name with a button image.

I also tried dragging a standard Word drop-down button (such as the Font Color drop-down button) to the toolbar and changing the drop-down options (that works fine), but there appears to be no way to change the button image.

Any ideas?

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June 24, 2010 at 06:31:16
re: there appears to be no way to change the button image

Have you tried:


With the Customize dialog box open, right-click any button and choose one of the many Button editing options.

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June 24, 2010 at 07:02:17

You may also need to select 'Image and Text'


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June 24, 2010 at 07:38:35
Unfortunately, none of the button editing options are available (they are all grayed out) for the menu button and for Word's built-in drop-down toolbar buttons.

You can see this by clicking Tools>Customize and then right clicking any menu or drop-down toolbar button. regular toolbar buttons have all the button editing options, but for some reason the drop-down buttons do not.

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June 24, 2010 at 07:48:25

After you get the customize dialog box, click on a drop-down menu and you get the button image options.

For example I clicked 'Format' on the Menu Bar, then from the drop down I selected 'Frames' and from the sub-menu drop-down I right-clicked 'New Frames Page' and the button edit options were all available.

I assume that you kept the Customize dialog open when you selected the menu items.


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June 24, 2010 at 08:21:38
Humar, thanks for the reply. Unfortunately it doesn't help.

I want to replace the menu name (Format in your example) with a button image. as I mentioned in my original question, I want a button that looks like the Font Color drop-down button, but with a different image. Do you have any idea how to do that?

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June 24, 2010 at 09:01:27

No I don't know how to do that. The font color drop-down is not a simple button - it is probably an ActiveX control - but I am not really sure.


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June 24, 2010 at 10:09:08

You could create a user form which is opened from a toolbar button.

The user form can then have a variety of options, with graphics if required. Images can be clickable.

I use a user form in Word as a way of providing quick paragraph formatting using a series of preset values, and the user form is launched from a toolbar button.

If you make the user form modeless it can stay open while you see its effect on the document.


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