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Working with Command Bars

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Microsoft® Office applications all share the same technology for creating menus and toolbars, and this technology is available to you through the command bars object model. In Office applications, there are three kinds of CommandBar objects: toolbars, menu bars, and pop-up menus. Pop-up menus are displayed in three ways: as menus that drop down from menu bars, as submenus that cascade off menu commands, and as shortcut menus. Shortcut menus (also called "right-click menus") are menus that appear when you right-click something.

Because the command bars object model is shared by all Office applications, you can write code to manipulate command bars that can be used in any Office application or custom application you develop. Everything you can do in a host application by using the Customize dialog box you also can do by using Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) code. In addition, there are some things you can do only by using VBA code.

Understanding how to work with command bars in Office applications requires that you understand not only what they have in common across all applications (the command bars object model) but also how they differ within each application.

In This Section

Understanding Application-Specific Command Bar Information
Learn how each Microsoft® Office application stores command bar information in a different location and, in some cases, implements command bars in a different way.
Manipulating Command Bars and Command Bar Controls with VBA Code
Use objects, collections, properties, and methods to show, hide, and modify existing command bars and command bar controls, as well as create new ones.

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