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Using the Toolbar in Windows

Using the Toolbar in Windows
In addition to using the menus and keyboard shortcuts, you can use toolbar buttons to select commands. Most Windows programs include toolbars, which are displayed right under the menu bar. The buttons vary depending on the program, but most of them are similar.

The following list gives you some insight on how to work with toolbars:

Toolbar buttons are shortcuts to commands. You can click the button instead of selecting the command. For instance, click the Save button to save a document (which is essentially the same as selecting File, Save).

If you aren’t sure what a toolbar button does, hover the mouse pointer over the edge of the button. A ScreenTip (the button name) should appear.

Some programs have more than one toolbar. Usually, the standard toolbar includes buttons for common commands (Save, Open, New, and so on). The program may also include a toolbar with formatting options (usually called the Formatting toolbar or the Format bar). This toolbar includes buttons that let you quickly make formatting changes such as making text bold, changing the font, and so on.

If you see a down arrow next to a command, you can click this arrow to display a drop-down list of choices. Then click the option you want to select.

If you don’t use the toolbar and you want more room for the document to be displayed, turn off the toolbar. You can also select to display more than one toolbar in some programs such as Word for Windows. Look in the View menu for a Toolbar or Toolbars command. Any toolbars that are checked are displayed. The command is a toggle. Select the command to uncheck and hide the toolbar. To display the toolbar, select it again so that there is a check next to it.

If you have not saved a file and you close the program, you will be prompted to save. To save the document, click Yes. To close the document without saving, click No. (Do this if you don’t need the document or if you want to abandon any changes you made.) To return to the document without exiting the program, click Cancel.

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