How to Get the Toolbar Back on Microsoft Word

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Having a Word toolbar go missing can be frustrating, especially if you are in the middle of a project. It's not uncommon for people to inadvertently change their view settings by hitting a wrong button or keyboard shortcut by mistake. Luckily, reactivating your toolbars within Microsoft Word 2010 is a simple task: you can enable and disable all toolbars from within the View menu, which is built into the Word menu ribbon located above the document.

  • Click the "Close Full Screen" button, if visible. Full Screen mode expands your Word document across most of the screen, thus hiding the toolbars in the process. Exiting Full Screen mode is sometimes all it takes to restore your toolbars. If this does not solve the problem, or if you are not in Full Screen mode, continue to Step 2.

  • Select the "View" tab at the far right side of the Word 2010 ribbon. Select "Toolbars." Click on all of the toolbars that you wish to activate. The toolbars should appear as soon as they are selected.

  • Exit and relaunch Word. Your menu setting changes from Step 2 are saved.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you disable your toolbars, enable them before exiting to ensure that they are visible the next time you use Word.

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