Formatting toolbar

Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope
formatting toolbar

The formatting toolbar is a toolbar in Microsoft Office 2003 and earlier applications, that gives the user the ability to change the formatting of selected text.


Microsoft Office 2007 and later applications use the Ribbon instead of the formatting toolbar. Many functions previously accessed on the formatting toolbar were moved to the Home or Write tab of the Ribbon.

Options available in the formatting toolbar

How to enable the formatting toolbar

If you are running Office 2003 applications or earlier versions, like Word 2003 or Excel 2003, click View and then Toolbars. In the Toolbars sub-menu, click the Formatting option to enable the formatting toolbar.

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