Disable Live Preview and Mini Toolbar in Word

If you moved from Office 2003 to Office 2007, you might find the new features to be quite handy. However, if you find them annoying you can easily turn them off (and re-enable them too if you want them back).

The Mini Toolbar pops up when you select text in a document. It allows you to change fonts, underline, bold, italicize the selection and more.

Live Preview allows you to hover the mouse over different style types and instantly show you how the document will look with the changes.

Here's how to disable these features in Word 2007:

  1. Click on the Office Button.
  2. Click the Word Options button.
  3. In the Popular tab on the Word Options window, uncheck the Mini Toolbar and Live Preview boxes.
  4. Click the OK button.

If you decide you want one or both of them back, just folllow the steps above to re-check the boxes to enable them again.