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Create a Custom Toolbar in PowerPoint

Everyday users of PowerPoint have at one time or another needed some archaic function or special feature that’s only available in some buried menu. Learn how to create your own custom toolbar.

Everyday users of PowerPoint have at one time or another needed some archaic function or special feature that’s only available in some buried menu. Some users might even require those special functions every day if their presentations require it, like an accountant requires complex Excel commands.

PowerPoint enables the user to create a custom palette of any commands. To accomplish this insanely useful feat, simply click Tools > Customize > Toolbars. Click “New” and give your new toolbar a name. Click “OK” and you’ll see a small empty menu palette appear on screen. Select the “Commands” tab and start dragging whatever commands you wish into the empty box. This can be pretty much anything, from common buttons like my alignment selections below to dropdowns like the font selector to really bizarre ones like my Word Art Spacing button.

Custom Tool Palette

Like other menu palettes, this can be floated anywhere on the screen, or docked at the top or bottom.