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    Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    I upgraded to office 2003 and lost the Office toolbar. Short of going back to my office XP kit and re-installing it (which I have done but it occasionally GPF's on me) is there a supported/proper way to get my toolbar back ?
    I have tried adding extra bars on the RHS from the bottom quick launvh bar etc, but its not the same.

    Thanks for any advice

    Alan

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    It has been removed from Office 2003. Office is now designed to use the "Quick Launch? and Pinned area of the start menu. I have not missed the "Office toolbar" since I installed Office 2003 beta.

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    I accept that it has been removed from Office 2003 (I have to ask why -- I had grown rather attached to it?) and that we are supposed to use the Quickbar. The problem with that is that the QB quickly fills up and reduces the amount of space available for running applications on the Windows Taskbar. So my question is this: is there a hack or a kludge that will enable us to use the OXP toolbar with O2003 (short of reinstalling OXP completely) or is there an alternative available. I have looked at Objectdock and Mobydock but they are really Taskbar replacements and I cannot figure out whether either of them can be set up not to display icons for running applications.

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    I know of no way to use a earlier Office toolbar with Office 2003. That now opens the door for some third party to write a program which will replace the Office toolbar.

    I will keep an <img src=/S/eyeout.gif border=0 alt=eyeout width=15 height=15> for such a program

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    stick in the office xp cd, do a custom install and install only the shortcut bar.

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    One thing you can do to minimize the space that the Quick Launch bar takes up, is to move it all the way to the right, against the systray. Then only 4 items show + the double chevron to click to open a menu.
    Hope this helps,

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    Better yet, select the size to fit in the "Title bar" and it will be quite small and with in the title bar of the active window.

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    Alan--

    You might get another workaround here:

    830180: Frequently Asked Questions About the Office Shortcut Bar and Office 2003

    "Office 2003 requires Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3), Microsoft Windows XP, or Microsoft Windows Server 2003. These Windows products all provide the Quick Launch toolbar. The Quick Launch toolbar is highly customizable and provides functionality that is similar to the Office Shortcut bar."

    SMBP

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    Hi Dave:
    I just re-read your post. Are you talking about the Office Shortcut Bar? There is no option to size the Quick Launch toolbar to fit within a title bar...I don't think.

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    Phil,
    Yes the Office tool bar.

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    Thanks for the tips everyone. Just one thing -- QuickLaunch does not offer the same funtionality as the Office Toolbar as it cannot be moved to the right hand side of the screen and set to autohide...

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    The Quick Launch toolbar is part of the Windows task bar. You can move the task bar to the right hand side of the screen and set it to auto hide, but if you make it very narrow, you'll only see the icons of active programs, not their captions...

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    Thanks Hans I know all that. Maybe I am not making myself very clear -- what I want to do is leave the Windows Taskbar where it is at the bottom of my screen and have a second tool/taskbar at the right hand side of the screen where my old Office Toolbar used to be. That you cannot do with the Quick Launch toolbar -- you cannot separate it from the Windows Taskbar.

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    Re: Office 2003 and the office toolbar (2003.)

    You can separate the Quick Launch toolbar from the Task Bar - at least in Windows XP:
    - Make sure that the Task Bar is not locked
    - Drag the handle of the Quick Launch toolbar to the desktop and release.
    - Drag the Quick Launch toolbar (now a separate window) to the right hand side of the screen, until it fits there.
    - Make the Quick Launch toolbar as wide as the icons
    - Right click the Quick Launch toolbar and click Auto Hide
    - You can also select Always on Top if you like.

    I think this is the nearest you'll get to the Office toolbar.

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