How to Hide a Toolbar

By Michael Dance

Toolbars appear on your computer screen listing a series of buttons organized by topic. At the top of Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer, there are browser toolbars that let you refresh web pages, go back and forward, and type in new web pages. At the top of word processors such as Microsoft Word, there are toolbars that let you make text bold, italics, or centered on the page. Luckily, hiding these toolbars when they are unnecessary is possible in order to maximize your work area.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer

How to Hide a Toolbar in Microsoft Word

Step 1

Click on "View" in the top menu. One of the options will be "Toolbars."

Step 2

Select "Toolbars." A sub-menu will pop up listing a few common toolbars. The toolbars that are currently active will all appear with a check-mark next to them.

Step 3

Un-check the toolbar you want to hide by clicking on its name.

How to Hide a Toolbar in Internet Explorer

Step 1

Click on the "Tools" button in the top-right corner of the window. A menu will drop down. One of the options will be "Toolbars."

Step 2

Select "Toolbars." A sub-menu will pop up listing all of Internet Explorer's available toolbars. The active toolbars will have a check-mark next to them.

Step 3

Un-check the toolbar you want to hide by clicking on its name.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't see any common menu buttons like "View" or "Tools," click anywhere inside the window of the program you're using and then press the "Alt" button on your keyboard. Usually, the menus will appear.