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How to: Customize Menus and Toolbars in Visual Studio

You can customize Visual Studio not only by adding and removing toolbars and menus on the menu bar but also by adding and removing commands on any given toolbar or menu.

Caution note Caution

After you customize a toolbar or menu, make sure that its check box remains selected in the Customize dialog box. Otherwise, your changes won't persist after you close and reopen Visual Studio.

In this topic:

  1. On the menu bar, choose Tools, Customize.

    The Customize dialog box opens.

  2. On the Commands tab, leave the Menu bar option button selected, leave Menu Bar selected in the list next to that option, and then perform one of the following sets of steps:

    • To add a menu, choose the Add New Menu button, choose the Modify Selection button, and then name the menu that you want to add.

      Customize dialog box showing how to add a menu
    • To remove a menu, choose it in the Controls list, and then choose the Delete button.

    • To move a menu within the menu bar, choose the menu in the Controls list, and then choose the Move Up or Move Down button.

  1. On the menu bar, choose Tools, Customize.

    The Customize dialog box opens.

  2. On the Toolbar tab, perform one of the following sets of steps:

    • To add a toolbar, choose the New button, specify a name for the toolbar that you want to add, and then choose the OK button.

      Customize dialog box showing how to add a toolbar
    • To remove a custom toolbar, choose it in the Toolbars list, and then choose the Delete button.

      Important note Important

      You can delete toolbars that you create but not default toolbars.

    • To move a toolbar to a different docking location, choose it in the Toolbars list, choose the Modify Selection button, and then choose a location in the list that appears.

      You can also drag a toolbar by its left edge to move it anywhere in the main docking area.

      Note Note

      For more information about how to improve the usability and accessibility of toolbars, see How to: Set IDE Accessibility Options.

  1. On the menu bar, choose Tools, Customize.

    The Customize dialog box opens.

  2. On the Commands tab, choose the option button for the type of element that you want to customize.

  3. In the list for that type of element, choose the menu or toolbar that you want to customize, and then perform one of the following sets of steps:

    • To add a command, choose the Add Command button.

      In the Add Command dialog box, choose an item in the Categories list, choose an item in the Commands list, and then choose the OK button.

      Add Command dialog box in Visual Studio
    • To delete a command, choose it in the Controls list, and then choose the Delete button.

    • To reorder commands, choose a command in the Controls list, and then choose the Move Up or Move Down button.

    • To separate commands into groups, choose a command in the Controls list, choose the Modify Selection button, and then choose Begin a Group in the menu that appears.

  1. On the menu bar, choose Tools, Customize.

    The Customize dialog box opens.

  2. On the Commands tab, choose the option button for the type of element that you want to reset.

  3. In the list for that type of element, choose the menu or toolbar that you want to reset.

  4. Choose the Modify Selection button, and then choose Reset in the menu that appears.

    You can also reset all menus and toolbars by choosing the Reset All button.

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