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Microsoft KB Archive/171018

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Article ID: 171018

Article Last Modified on 10/22/2000


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171018


When you customize a menu or a toolbar, the Customize command on the Tools menu is not listed in the Customize dialog box, and you cannot add this command to the custom menu or toolbar.

Note that this behavior may be problematic if you remove the Customize command from the Tools menu, and then attempt to add it back.


To work around this problem, use either of the following methods.

Method 1: Use the Customize the Menu Item Command

A Customize Menu Item command is available in the Customize dialog box under Macros. To access the command, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Customize.
  2. In the Customize dialog box, click the Commands tab and click Macros.

The Customize Menu Item command is listed in the commands box.

Method 2: Use a Macro to Display the Customize Dialog Box

Microsoft provides examples of Visual Basic for Applications procedures for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. The Visual Basic procedures in this article are provided 'as is' and Microsoft does not guarantee that they can be used in all situations. While Microsoft support professionals can help explain the functionality of a particular macro, they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality, nor will they help you construct macros to meet your specific needs. If you have limited programming experience, you may want to consult one of the Microsoft Solution Providers. Solution Providers offer a wide range of fee-based services, including creating custom macros. For more information about Microsoft Solution Providers, call Microsoft Customer Information Service at (800) 426-9400.

The following macro displays the Customize dialog box:

   Sub ShowCustomDialog
   End Sub


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. This problem no longer occurs in Microsoft Excel 2000.


For more information about creating custom menus, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel 97 Help, type the following text

toolbars, menus

and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Add a custom menu to a toolbar" topic.

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