How To Disable The Mini Toolbar In Microsoft Word 2010

Disable Auto Appear of Mini Toolbar Word 2010Word 2010 has some groovy new features including the Mini Toolbar.  By default this toolbar will show up whenever you Select a segment of text in your document.  But, it also shows up when you Right-Click anywhere in the document.  Tired of it automatically showing up when you Select text?  No problem, let’s disable that!

To be clear, the Mini Toolbar is the small box that appears in Word during selections and above the Right-Click menu.  It contains commonly used formatting options including font changes, bold, italics, underline, and more.

word 2010 mini toolbar

How To Turn Off The Mini Toolbar Auto-Appear In Word 2010

Step 1

Click the File ribbon and then Click Options.

file options word 2010

Step 2

In the options window, Click the General tab and then Uncheck the Show Mini Toolbar on selection box.  Click OK to save changes and exit.

general options disable mini toolbar word 2010


Now the mini-toolbar will only show up when you Right-Click somewhere in the document.  I find this much less annoying since I have always used Right-Click to bring it up anyway.

right-click context menu in word 2010



  1. Annoyed with Word 2010

    January 23, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Yeah, but how do you disable the mini tool bar all together when you right click!?! I’m use to it just staying above on the main bar like in Word 2003. It is annoying for me!!

    • MPA2000

      November 7, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Exactly! That was the reason for coming to this place.

  2. Yolanda

    April 16, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I like the mini toolbar. How do I customize it to include other features like underscore and cross-out?

  3. Working On It

    November 20, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Yes! Thank you. I despise that mini toolbar — incredibly annoying! Thank you so much.

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