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Any customizations applied to toolbars and menus are program specific. For example, removing commands from the File menu in Word does nothing to the File menu in any other Office ap- plication. Fortunately, Word provides a way to cut out all this fluff. This is where the Tools Customize dialog seems to take an odd little turn. The Toolbars tab is used to create and modify toolbars. The Commands tab is used to add, remove, and modify commands on the toolbars and menus. So why isn't there a tab called Menus for adding new menus? The answer is that Word's menu bar is really just another tool- bar. To see what I mean, use the procedure I describe below in Customizing Commands to add a button to the menu bar. It sits there, fully functional, right alongside Word's menus. Also, a menu is really just a special type of command that holds other com- mands. Menus can be placed anywhere, including on a toolbar or inside another menu. Does this mean you can create your own custom menu bar and fill it with your own menus and commands? You bet it does. However, you are not allowed to close Word's built-in menu bar. Tools Customize Toolbars (Figure 3-22) shows a list of all of Word's toolbars (including the Menu bar). More toolbars are listed here than in the View Toolbars submenu or when right-clicking an open toolbar. Those two methods only show 16 of Word's toolbars -- the 16 Microsoft thought were the most commonly needed.