A couple of enhancements in Word 2010 & 2007 is the Mini Toolbar and Live Preview features. While these enhancements are welcome by some, other users may find them annoying. Here is how to turn both features off.
Mini Toolbar and Live Preview Features
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.
Disable Mini Toolbar and Live Preview in Word 2010
If you are annoyed by the Mini Toolbar and / or Live Preview while creating documents, we can easily disable one or both. In your Word document click the File tab to access Backstage View and click Options.
Click General and under User Interface Options uncheck either Show Mini Toolbar on selection, Enable Live Preview or both then click OK.
You don’t need to restart Word, the features will be disabled right away. Now when you highlight text, no annoying Mini Toolbar…
And when choosing different Style Sets or other configurations of the document it will no longer show you how it will look with Live Preview.
You can disable both features in Word 2007 as well. Click on the Office Button the Word Options.
Under the Popular section just uncheck the Mini Toolbar and Live Preview boxes.
If you’re moving from Office 2003 to a newer version, you might find the new features to be quite handy, on the other hand, you might find them very annoying. If so you can easily turn them off, or if you want to use the features again, just go back and re-enable them.