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    Create toolbar with customized buttons (2003/2002/2000)

    I would like to create a toolbar with the Spanish and French accents (and Spanish upside-down question mark and exclamation point) similar to the one created in the attached document.

    Is there a simple technique I can use? To be truthful, if it requires a knowledge of Visual Basic, it is beyond what I can do.
    Thank you very much.
    Alan Silberlight
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    Re: Create toolbar with customized buttons (2003/2

    Hi Alan

    Indeed there is VBA code undrlying that toolbar - each button invokes a simple macro that inserts the appropriate character. Even without knowing Visual Basic you could go through the tedious process of macro recording the keystrokes required to insert the various characters, give each of those recorded macros a meaningful name (i.e. NOT macro1, macro2...) and then create your toolbar from those macros.

    The steps involved in creating a toolbar are pretty simple:

    Tools - Customize
    Click "Toolbars" tab
    Click "New"
    Enter a name in the toolbar name box and, assuming you want it available in all cases, leave "Normal.dot" in the bottom box. Click OK
    Then Click on the Commands tab, scroll down to macros, click on it and then drag each of the macros that you recorded onto the toolbar.
    So far straightforward but tedious

    What you also need to do is to set an icon for each of the macros - right-clicking on the macro name in the toolbar allows you to choose a display style (name only, name and button, button only) and to choose a button (which you can also edit).

    Have you considered simply using the keyboard shortcuts to enter these characters? Quicker than mousing around and most of them are easy to remember after a while - here is the list from Word's Help menu

    CTRL+` (ACCENT GRAVE), the letter

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    Re: Create toolbar with customized buttons (2003/2002/2000)

    Select Insert Symbol and find the keyboard shortcut for the symbol you want to use
    For the upside down question mark it is Control + Alt + ?
    Select Tools, Macro, Record New Macro
    Name the Macro without using any space characters like UpsideDownQuestion
    Store the macro in All Documents (normal.dot.)
    Click OK
    (You are now starting to record the macro)
    Press Control + Alt + ?
    Click the Stop Recording button (blue box on the record macro toolbar)
    Select View, Toolbars, Customize
    Go to the Toolbars Tab
    Select the New command button
    Name the toolbar anything you want
    Go to Commands tab of the toolbars dialog box
    From the Categories list select the Macros category
    Drag the UpsideDownQuestion macro to the new toolbar tab
    Right Click on the new button and select Default Style to make it a picture
    Right Click again and select Change Button image to have another image
    Right click on the button and select Edit Button Image to create your own picture
    Repeat the process for the other symbols you would like

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    Re: Create toolbar with customized buttons (2003/2002/2000)

    Thank you, both of you. The two projects were successfuly created. One contained a toolbar with the French accents; the other contained the Spanish accents and punctuation. I constructed the macros so that they were for that document only, not the Normal template. I did that because I will distribute the document to many students.

    Thank you again!
    Alan Silberlight

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    Re: Create toolbar with customized buttons (2003/2002/2000)

    You can save that document as a template and put it in Word's startup folder. That way these toolbars are always available in every document. You can find the location of Word's startup folder by looking at the bottom line in menu Tools | Options, tab File locations.

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    Re: Create toolbar with customized buttons (2003/2002/2000)

    Thank you for that very helpful suggestion. I put both templates (Spanish and French) in Word's StartUp folder. I now get both toolbars. Much appreciated.
    Alan Silberlight

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