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Part 8: Appendix > Creating an Office Toolbar in Windows XP

Creating an Office Toolbar in Windows XP

Microsoft Office XP and earlier included a utility program, the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar, that allowed you to add a toolbar to your Windows desktop to make it easy to start any Office program. You could also create shortcuts with this utility to open office documents; open a new task, appointment, contact, message, or note in Microsoft Outlook; or open any program installed on your computer.

Microsoft Office 2003 no longer includes this utility because the functionality is replaced by the Windows XP toolbar facility. Creating a Windows XP toolbar to replace the Office Shortcut Bar is easy. First, create a folder on your hard drive that will contain the shortcuts to your programs. You can copy most of the shortcuts that you need for Office programs from C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu (New Office Document and Open Office Document) and C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Office (shortcuts to start Access, Excel, FrontPage, InfoPath, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word). Be sure to copy the shortcuts, not move them. If you move them they will disappear from your Start menu.


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