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Microsoft KB Archive/170563

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Article ID: 170563

Article Last Modified on 10/11/2006


  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 97 Service Pack 1

This article was previously published under Q170563


In Microsoft Office 97, Service Release 1 (SR-1), the CommandBars object model allows you to turn off (disable) the Toolbars shortcut menu. This simplifies preventing others from changing the toolbars and menus of a custom application that you develop with Microsoft Office 97.


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Turning the Toolbar Shortcut Menu On and Off

The following Visual Basic for Applications subroutine turns off (disables) the Toolbar List shortcut menu:

   Sub DisableToolbarMenu()
       CommandBars("Toolbar List").Enabled = False
   End Sub

After you run this subroutine, the Toolbars command on the View menu is unavailable. Also, you cannot display a list of available toolbars by pointing to and then right-clicking a toolbar.

The following subroutine turns on (enables) the Toolbar List shortcut menu:

   Sub EnableToolbarMenu()
       CommandBars("Toolbar List").Enabled = True
   End Sub

Preventing Users from Changing Menus and Toolbars

Setting the Visible property of the Toolbar List shortcut menu does not prevent others from making changes to the menus and toolbars of a custom application. To prevent others from changing the menus and toolbars in a custom application, remove or turn off the Customize option on the Tools menu and turn off the Toolbar List shortcut menu.

The following sample subroutine turns off the Toolbar List shortcut menu and deletes the Customize menu option, which prevents others from modifying the menus and toolbars in a custom application:

   Sub DisableCustomize()
        CommandBars("Toolbar List").Enabled = False
   End Sub

You can use the following subroutine to restore the Customize menu command and allow others to display the Toolbar List shortcut menu:

   Sub EnableCustomize()
       Application.CommandBars("Tools").Controls.Add _
               Type:=msoControlButton, Id:=797, Before:=13
       CommandBars("Toolbar List").Enabled = True
   End Sub


For more information about customizing command bars, 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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