Add MathType commands to the Microsoft Office Quick Access Toolbar
||MathType 6 and later for Windows
||Microsoft Office 2007 and later for Windows
You've added several commonly-used commands to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
in Word and PowerPoint. You'd like to add a few of the MathType commands as
The QAT was introduced as part of the Microsoft Office Ribbon user interface
with the release of Office 2007, and continues in the most recent versions of
Office. Its default location is the upper left corner of the Word window, but
you can optionally change its position to beneath the ribbon.
Adding MathType commands to the QAT:
There are two ways to do this. Either will work. Here's the first method, and
the easier of the two:
Right-click commands in the MathType tab
All it takes for this method is to find the command you want to add to the
QAT, right-click it, and choose Add to Quick Access Toolbar:
Hey, we said it was easy! Still, there is one more option here --
you can add an entire group, rather than a single command. Let's say you use the
commands Export Equations, Publish to MathPage, and Toggle TeX so often, you
want the whole group on the QAT rather than the 3 individual commands. You can
do this if you point to an area within the group that doesn't result in an
individual command being selected. Note in the example above, the Convert
Equations command is selected, but in the example below, no command is selected.
This gives you a different option. Rather than "Add to Quick Access Toolbar",
now you see Add Group to Quick Access Toolbar.
This will add a single icon to the QAT, and clicking the icon will expand to
show all commands within the group:
Choose Customize Quick Access Toolbar
If you prefer, you can right-click anywhere on any part of the ribbon, and
choose the command Customize Quick Access Toolbar. Doing so
will bring up "Word Options", already opened to the "Quick Access Toolbar"
settings. In the list labeled "Choose commands from", choose MathType
Tab (click screen shot for a full-sized view):
Notice the first 3 commands beneath <Separator>. Not very descriptive, are
they? <<No label>>. What is that? These are labeled in
the full-sized view of the screen shot, but the point here is that seeing a
command in this list can be confusing at times. For this method, choose the
command on the left and click the Add button to move it to the
right, which is the list of commands on the QAT. If you want to group the
commands on the QAT into groups of closely-related commands, you can use the
<Separator> to insert a vertical line between groups. Doing so
will insert the separator beneath the currently-selected command.
It's always important to plan for the unexpected. So what happens if you open
Word tomorrow and all your nice QAT customizations are simply gone? You panic,
right? Then you throw the computer through the window. No, of course not. You
take a deep breath, then restore your QAT from the backup file you made.
Making a backup of your QAT
To make a backup of the QAT is as simple as making a copy of the file containing
the QAT. Word 2007 saves the information to a file named Word.QAT.
Word 2010 and later save the information, along with other customizations to the
ribbon, in a file named Word.OfficeUI. Regardless of the
version of Word, you may find the file at this location, depending on your
version of Windows (please see note below the bullets):
- Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local
- Windows 7 and later:
Note: These locations are hidden by default. In
later versions of Windows you can reveal hidden files by clicking the View tab
in File Explorer and placing a checkmark beside "Hidden items". Earlier versions
of Windows have a similar setting.
Make a copy of the file and save it wherever you will remember it. A
convenient technique is to simply make a copy of it and place it in the same
directory as the original, but rename it ...bak or something other than the
original -- Word.OfficeUI.bak, for example.
Thanks to Allen Wyatt for his article
Copying the Quick Access Toolbar, from which some of the information above
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