Use your keyboard to customize the Quick Access Toolbar. You learn how to add buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar for your favorite features and commands to quickly get around in any Microsoft Office app without using a mouse. You'll also learn how to access the toolbar, change the order of the buttons, remove a button, and much more.

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What is the Quick Access Toolbar?

The Quick Access Toolbar is a collection of shortcuts to the features, options, commands, or option groups that you use frequently. By default, the toolbar is hidden below the ribbon in Office apps, but you can choose to show it and move it to display above the ribbon instead.

Default location of the Quick Access Toolbar  

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Show or hide the Quick Access Toolbar

  1. In any Office app, press the Alt key.

  2. Press Z and then R to expand the Ribbon Display Options menu.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is hidden, press S to select Show Quick Access Toolbar.

      Keyboard command to show the Quick Access Toolbar

      The Quick Access Toolbar appears below the ribbon.

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is visible, press H to hide it.

      Keyboard command to hide the Quick Access Toolbar

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Use the buttons on the Quick Access Toolbar

To access and use the buttons on the Quick Access Toolbar while editing a file in any Office app:

  1. Press the Alt key.

  2. Press the Key Tip letter or number associated with the feature.

Keyboard command hints  

Use the buttons on the Quick Access Toolbar with a screen reader

  1. Press the Alt key. You hear "Ribbon tabs," followed by the currently selected tab, for example, "Home tab."

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is in its default location below the ribbon, press the Down arrow key until you hear "Quick access toolbar," followed by the first item on the toolbar.

    • If you have moved the Quick Access Toolbar above the ribbon, press the Up arrow key once to move the focus to the top of the screen. Then press the Right arrow key until you hear "Quick access toolbar," followed by the first item on the toolbar.

  3. To move on the toolbar, use the Right and Left arrow keys.

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Add buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar

You can quickly add buttons for features that are already on the ribbon to the Quick Access Toolbar. If you can't find the feature you want on the ribbon, you can look for it in the feature list available in the app options. 

Add buttons for features from the ribbon

  1. In any Office app, press the Alt key. The focus moves to the ribbon.

  2. Navigate to the tab and then to the feature, option, command, or group of options that you want to add to the Quick Access Toolbar. For instructions on how to use the ribbon, refer to Use the keyboard to work with the ribbon.

  3. Once you're on the right feature, press Shift+F10 or the Windows Menu key to open the context menu.

  4. To add the button to the toolbar, press A.

Add buttons for features that aren't on the ribbon

  1. In any Office app, press the Alt key.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is below the ribbon, press the Down arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is above the ribbon, press the Up arrow key once to move the focus to the top of the screen.

  3. Press the Right arrow key until you reach the  Customize Quick Access Toolbar button in Word for Windows. button (Customize Quick Access Toolbar). To expand the menu, press Alt+Down arrow key.

  4. Press M. The Quick Access Toolbar tab in the app options opens.

  5. Press the Tab key once to move the focus to the Popular Commands list.

  6. Press the Down arrow key to expand the list.

  7. Use the Down arrow key to scroll down to the command group or tab that contains the feature you want to add, and press Enter to select the group or tab.

    Tip: The tabs are listed in the order they appear on the ribbon.

  8. To move to the list of features in the group or tab you selected, press the Tab key once.

  9. Use the Down arrow key to scroll through the features in the list.

  10. When you find the feature you want to add, press Alt+A. The feature is added to the list of items on the toolbar.

  11. To add other features from the same group or tab, use the Up or Down arrow key until you reach the feature you want to add, and then press Alt+A.

  12. Once you're done adding features to the toolbar, press Enter to apply your changes.

Word Options dialog box with the Quick Access Toolbar tab selected

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Remove a button from the Quick Access Toolbar

  1. In any Office app, press the Alt key.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is below the ribbon, press the Down arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is above the ribbon, press the Up arrow key once to move the focus to the top of the screen.

  3. Press the Right arrow key until you reach the button you want to remove.

  4. Press Shift+F10 or the Windows Menu key to open the context menu. The focus is on the Remove from Quick Access Toolbar button.

  5. To remove the button from the toolbar, press Enter.

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Change the order of the buttons on the Quick Access Toolbar 

  1. In any Office app, press the Alt key.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is below the ribbon, press the Down arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is above the ribbon, press the Up arrow key once to move the focus to the top of the screen, and then press the Right arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

  3. Press Shift+F10 or the Windows Menu key to open the context menu.

  4. To open the Quick Access Toolbar tab in the app options, press C.

  5. Press the Tab key until you reach the list of features currently on the Quick Access Toolbar.

  6. Press the Down arrow key until you reach the button you want to move.

  7. Press the Tab key until you reach the  The Move Up button in the Word for Windows options. (Move Up) or  The Move Down button in the Word for Windows options. (Move Down) button depending on where you want to move the button.

  8. To move the button, press Enter repeatedly until the button has moved to the position you want.

  9. To apply your changes, press the Tab key until you reach the OK button, and press Enter.

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Group the buttons on the Quick Access Toolbar

To keep your buttons on the Quick Access Toolbar organized, you can add a separator to group the buttons.

  1. In any Office app, press the Alt key.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is below the ribbon, press the Down arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is above the ribbon, press the Up arrow key once to move the focus to the top of the screen, and then press the Right arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

  3. Press Shift+F10 or the Windows Menu key to open the context menu.

  4. To open the Quick Access Toolbar tab in the app options, press C.

  5. The focus is on the <Separator> option in the Popular Commands list. Press Alt+A. The separator is added to the list of buttons on the Quick Access Toolbar and the focus is on the separator.

  6. If you need to change the position of the separator, press the Tab key until you reach the  The Move Up button in the Word for Windows options. (Move Up) or  The Move Down button in the Word for Windows options. (Move Down) button depending on where you want to move the separator. Press Enter repeatedly until the separator has moved to the position you want.

  7. To apply your changes, press the Tab key until you reach the OK button, and press Enter.

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Move the Quick Access Toolbar

You can place the Quick Access Toolbar either below the ribbon (the default location) or above the ribbon.

  1. In any Office app, press the Alt key.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is currently below the ribbon, press the Down arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is currently above the ribbon, press the Up arrow key once to move the focus to the top of the screen.

  3. Press the Right arrow key until you reach the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button in Word for Windows. button (Customize Quick Access Toolbar).

  4. To expand the menu, press Alt+Down arrow key.

  5. To move the toolbar, press S.

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Reset the Quick Access Toolbar to the default settings

  1. In any Office app, press the Alt key.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is below the ribbon, press the Down arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is above the ribbon, press the Up arrow key once to move the focus to the top of the screen, and then press the Right arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

  3. Press Shift+F10 or the Windows Menu key to open the context menu.

  4. To open the Quick Access Toolbar tab in the app options, press C.

  5. Press Alt+E, use the Up or Down arrow key to select the Reset only Quick Access Toolbar option, and press Enter. If you're prompted to confirm resetting the toolbar, press Enter.

  6. To apply your changes, press the Tab key until you reach the OK button, and press Enter.

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Export a customized Quick Access Toolbar

If you want to use the exact same Quick Access Toolbar and ribbon layout and selection of buttons on any computer, you can export your ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar customizations into a file. Save the file to a cloud location, and import it to another computer.

  1. In any Office app, press the Alt key.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is below the ribbon, press the Down arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is above the ribbon, press the Up arrow key once to move the focus to the top of the screen, and then press the Right arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

  3. Press Shift+F10 or the Windows Menu key to open the context menu.

  4. To open the Quick Access Toolbar tab in the app options, press C.

  5. Press Alt+P, use the Up or Down arrow key to select the Export all customizations option, and press Enter. The File Save dialog box opens.

  6. To change the default file name, type a new name. Navigate to the file location where you want to save the export file, and press Alt+S to save it.

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Import a customized Quick Access Toolbar

If you want to keep Microsoft Office apps looking the same on any workstation, you can import customization files to replace the current layout of the ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar.

  1. In any Office app, press the Alt key.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is below the ribbon, press the Down arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

    • If the Quick Access Toolbar is above the ribbon, press the Up arrow key once to move the focus to the top of the screen, and then press the Right arrow key until you reach the Quick Access Toolbar.

  3. Press Shift+F10 or the Windows Menu key to open the context menu.

  4. To open the Quick Access Toolbar tab in the app options, press C.

  5. Press Alt+P, use the Up or Down arrow key to select the Import customization file option, and press Enter. The File Open dialog box opens.

  6. Navigate to the customization file you want to import, and press Alt+O to import your customizations. If you're prompted to confirm the import, press Enter.

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See also

Use the keyboard to work with the ribbon

Keyboard shortcuts in Office

Keyboard shortcuts in Windows

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