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How to Delete your Microsoft Word Macros

In the previous section, you saw how to add a button to the toolbar. You then assigned a Macro to this button. In this part, we'll see how to delete Macros. We'll start with deleting the one from the toolbar.


How to Delete a Macro from the Toolbar

  • Click on the button with your right mouse button
  • A rather long menu appears
  • Click on Customize right at the bottom
  • The following dialogue box appears:

The Customize dialogue box

The categories are Menu bar items (and macros). The File menu is highlighted. On the right, under Commands, are all the items you can put on the File menu.

Scroll down until you see Macros on the left hand side, under Categories. Click on the word Macros. Your dialogue box will now look something like the one below:

Select Macros from the Categories list

To get rid of your toolbar button, the idea is to drag it from the toolbar into the Customize box. So do this:

  • Click on the button with your left mouse button
  • Keep the left mouse button held down
  • Drag your mouse down to the dialogue box
  • Let go when the mouse pointer is over the Macros under Commands
  • Your button will disappear from the toolbar

Drag your buttom to the Commands area

When you let go of the left mouse button, the Macro toolbar button will be gone. However, the macro itself is still there. You haven't deleted your macro. To get the button back on the toolbar, do this.

  • From the menu bar, click on View
  • From the drop down menu click Toolbars
  • A long sub menu appears
  • Click Customize, right at the bottom
  • The Customize dialogue box appears once again
  • Scroll down like you did before and click on Macros in the Category section. Your macros appears under the Command section
  • To put your macro back on the toolbar, simply drag it up to the toolbar like you did before


Delete a Macro

But suppose you wanted to delete the macro altogether. How do you do that? To delete a macro, do the following:

  • Click on Tools from the menu bar
  • From the drop down menu, click Macro
  • From the sub menu that appears, click on Macros
  • The Macros dialogue box appears
  • Click on the Macro you want to get rid of
  • Click the Delete button, as in the image below:

Select a Macro and click Delete

You'll get a Message Box popping up asking if you're sure that you want to delete the macro. Click Yes to get rid of the macro altogether. You can select any Macro you like here, and then delete it. But be careful what you delete!

And that wraps up this section on Macros. You've seen how to create three fairly simple Macros. But it's a big subject, and entire books are written about it.

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