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Missing Mini Toolbar in PowerPoint 2010

Learn how to get back your missing Mini Toolbar in PowerPoint 2010.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 7 / Vista

August 5, 2011
August 5, 2011

Is your Mini Toolbar in PowerPoint 2010 missing altogether? Well, the Mini Toolbar is a great interface option that lets you quickly choose text formatting options, and since it shows up right next to the selected text, it is certainly very convenient -- and there's no reason why you should not have this Mini Toolbar at your beck and call whenever you need it!

The main reason why you may not be seeing any Mini Toolbar is because it may have been disabled by you (or maybe someone else) within PowerPoint's Options dialog box -- to get this option back, you need to go back to the Options dialog box -- follow these steps to get back your Mini Toolbar:

  1. Choose the File | Options menu option, as shown in Figure 1.

    Options File menu option
    Figure 1: Options File menu option

  2. This brings up the PowerPoint Options dialog box -- make sure you are on the General tab as shown in Figure 2.

    PowerPoint Options dialog box
    Figure 2: PowerPoint Options dialog box

  3. If the Show Mini Toolbar on selection option is unchecked, check it now (as shown highlighted in red in Figure 2, above).

  4. Click OK to get back to your presentation slide.

  5. Select any text on the slide -- if there's no text go ahead and add a new slide, choose a layout that provides a text placeholder, and type in any text you want. Thereafter, select the text -- and then right-click.

  6. You will now see the Mini Toolbar as shown highlighted in red in Figure 3.

    Mini Toolbar showing up after right clicking the text
    Figure 3: Mini Toolbar showing up after right clicking the text

Tip: Want to know what all those options in the Mini Toolbar are for. Learn more in our Format Text Attributes Within the Mini Toolbar in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.

See Also: Missing Mini Toolbar in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows


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