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How to Change the ToolTip for a Custom Toolbar Control

Article ID: 171595

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2003
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition

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Microsoft Office programs do not allow you to change the ToolTip for a custom toolbar control by using the Customize command (on the Tools menu). To change the ToolTip, you must use a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications macro. This article contains a sample macro that changes the ToolTip for a custom toolbar control.


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To change the ToolTip for a custom toolbar button, you must specify the toolbar (command bar), the custom toolbar control (a button in this example), and the ToolTip you want to change or set. The following example macro changes the ToolTip for "My Custom Button" on the Standard toolbar:

   Sub ChangeToolTip()
        With CommandBars("Standard")          ' The toolbar (command bar).
         With .Controls("My Custom Button") ' The custom control.
            .TooltipText = "My Custom Tip"  ' The ToolTip to change or set.
         End With
      End With

   End Sub

Note that you specify the name of the custom or existing toolbar (instead of Standard). To determine the name of an existing toolbar, point to Toolbars on the View menu. The name of the toolbar appears in the list that is displayed. Remember to type the name of the toolbar in the macro exactly as it appears on the list.

You must also specify the button index or name of the control you want to change. To determine the name of an existing custom control, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Customize.
  2. While the Customize dialog box is displayed, click to select the toolbar control.
  3. On the Customize dialog box, click Modify Selection.

The toolbar control name is listed in the Name box on the Modify Selection shortcut menu.


For more information about the CommandBars collection, from the Visual Basic Editor, click the Office Assistant, type CommandBars Collection, click Search, and then click to view "CommandBars Collection."

Note If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar.

If the Assistant is not able to answer your query, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

176476 OFF: Office Assistant Not Answering Visual Basic Questions

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