Expand Menus in Excel 2003

by Gregory on June 15, 2010

In a new installation of Microsoft Excel 2003 all menus are abbreviated. To see a full menu requires that you either click the expand button at the bottom of the menu or wait about 3 seconds for it to automatically expand. To put it nicely, this drives me batty.

It’s a simple thing to show full menus in Excel 2003. There are several ways to make this change, but I’ll show the easiest method for me.

  1. Click the Tools menu OR right-click the toolbar
  2. Select Customize from the pop-up menu
  3. Select the Options tab in the Customize box
  4. Under Personalized Menus and Toolbars, click Always show full menus
  5. Click Close

Full menus always look the same, which makes it easier to find what you’re looking for and is a much better option for new users.

How to Expand Menus in Excel 2003

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C Phillips October 1, 2012 at 5:44 am

You are a lifesaver.

Cameron June 13, 2013 at 7:31 am

Thanks for the great tip, impossible to find it using Excel Help!

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