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Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry. Make sure that you back up the registry before you modify it. Make sure that you know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up, restore, and modify the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry


In Microsoft Visio, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • A toolbar that you know is enabled is not visible.

  • The menu bar is missing.

  • Buttons are missing from a toolbar.


These symptoms can occur if you accidentally drag a toolbar or a menu bar outside the area of the visible screen.

Similar behavior can also occur if either of the following conditions is true:

  • The display resolution is too low to display all the buttons on a toolbar.

  • Two toolbars are docked next to each other on the same row. In this case, Visio hides some buttons.


To restore the toolbars or the menu bar, use any one of the following methods:

  • Set the display resolution to 800 x 600 or higher.

  • Have each toolbar appear on its own row.

  • Restore the default settings. To do this, follow these steps.

    Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

    1. Exit all instances of Visio.

    2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.

    3. Click the following registry subkey, as appropriate for the version of Visio that you are running:

      • Microsoft Office Visio 2007


      • Microsoft Office Visio 2003


      • Microsoft Visio 2002


      • Microsoft Visio 2000

        HKEY_Current_User\Software\Visio\Visio 2000\Toolbars

    4. On the Edit menu, click Delete. The Toolbars subkey will be deleted.

    5. If you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.

    6. On the Registry menu, click Exit.

      Registry Editor automatically saves your changes.

When you restart Visio, Visio re-creates the deleted subkey and restores the toolbars and the menu bars to their default locations.

More Information

For more information about how to troubleshoot a similar issue, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

873298 Toolbars that you customize are reset to use the default settings when you restart Visio 2003 or Visio 2002

291213 Menus, toolbars, and stencils disappear in full-screen view in Visio

For more information about how to customize the Visio interface, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

305069 How to create custom toolbars and tool buttons in Visio

305060 How to customize, create, and restore Visio menus in Visio

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