Microsoft KB Archive/170082

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Article ID: 170082

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q170082


When you display a custom toolbar by using a Visual Basic for Applications macro, and you specify the constant xlTop for the Position property of the toolbar, the toolbar is added above the toolbars that are docked at the top of the Microsoft Excel window.

In earlier versions of Microsoft Excel, if you specify the xlTop constant for the Position property of a toolbar, the toolbar is added immediately after he last toolbar that is docked at the top of the Microsoft Excel window.


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To produce the behavior that occurs in earlier versions of Microsoft Excel, use the CommandBars object to create custom toolbars.


In the following example, a new toolbar is created by using the CommandBars object model. The new toolbar is positioned immediately after the last toolbar docked at the top of the Microsoft Excel window. To use this example, follow these steps:

  1. Close and save any open workbooks, and then create a new workbook.
  2. Start the Visual Basic Editor (press ALT+F11).
  3. On the Insert menu, click Module.
  4. In the Visual Basic module window, type the following code:

          Sub AddToolbar()
             Dim NewBar As CommandBar
             Dim x As CommandBar, LastBar As CommandBar
             Dim LastRow As Integer
             ' The following loop goes through all toolbars.
             ' to determine which is the last toolbar docked
             ' at the top of the Microsoft Excel window.
             For Each x In Application.CommandBars
                If x.Visible = True And x.Position = msoBarTop Then
                   If x.RowIndex > LastRow Then
                      Set LastBar = x
                      LastRow = x.RowIndex
                   End If
                End If
             Next x
             ' Create a new toolbar.
             Set NewBar = CommandBars.Add(Name:="NewCmdBar")
             With NewBar
                ' Add a button to the toolbar.
                .Controls.Add Type:=msoControlButton, Id:=270
                ' Dock the toolbar at the top of the Microsoft Excel window.
                .Position = msoBarTop
                ' Set the leftmost position of the toolbar.
                .Left = LastBar.Left + LastBar.Width + 1
                ' Place the toolbar in the correct row.
                .RowIndex = LastRow
                ' Display the toolbar.
                .Visible = True
             End With
          End Sub
  5. Switch back to Microsoft Excel (press ALT+F11).
  6. Run the AddToolbar subroutine.

Creating a Reference to the Library

Before you run the AddToolbar subroutine, you must reference the Microsoft Office 8.0 Object Library. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click the module sheet.
  2. On the Tools menu, click References.
  3. Click to select the Microsoft Office 8.0 Object Library check box and click OK.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.


For more information about creating CommandBars, click the Office Assistant in the Visual Basic Editor, type commandbars, click Search, and then click to view "Using command bars."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Microsoft Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

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