Microsoft Word: Remove Email Toolbar

There was a giant email toolbar that appeared in my instance of Microsoft Word 2002 (correction: Microsoft Word 2003), and turning off all of the toolbars would not remove it.

It’s not immediately obvious how to do it. I searched Google, but there were no good answers on the first page of results. Luckily, it also showed on Groups results, where I found my answer: “Click the E-Mail button on the Standard toolbar to turn it off.”

Here’s a screenshot:

Click that E-mail button, and it’ll disappear. It’s a really stupid design, since it’s inconsistent with the other toolbars. And although it has a “move” draggable area on the left, you can’t actually pull it off and reposition it somewhere else on your screen. It’s pretty much stuck there.

Hope this helps someone.

54 Responses to “Microsoft Word: Remove Email Toolbar”

  1. Ash says:

    This problem was frustrating me. Excellet tip. Thanks.

  2. Robby says:

    Thanks to you Elliot! I agree with you its VERY inconsistent! :) I was pulling my hair until I foudn your helpful note! Thanks!

  3. Ken says:

    Thanks for the tip… I’m glad you posted this little pointer. FWIW, it only showed up in one of my docs, which made it even more annoying!


  4. Malcolm says:

    Cheers, that stopped me pulling what’s left of my hair out. ;@)

  5. hwm says:

    Yes, me too. Thnx

  6. Eileen says:

    Thanks! A co-worker was very perplexed when he recieved an attachment with this toolbar.

  7. Alex says:

    Thanks for coming through with the “fix” when MS help was useless!

  8. WW says:

    great help!

  9. Tiffany says:

    Oh my gosh thank you SO much, that email thing was bugging the CRAP out of me and I’m pretty savvy with computers so it was killing me that I couldn’t take it off myself! Your advice was very helpful! Thanks again!
    Tiffany ^_^

  10. Layla says:

    Thank you very much! It was taking up way too much space and I couldn’t figure out where it came from. Good riddance!

  11. Ben says:

    Doh! Maybe because I use small icons? I also wasted far to much time trying to stomp this toolzilla.

  12. Theo says:

    thank you mr. lee! i felt like i had some sort of acute visual impairment when this enormous email section appeared… course I couldn’t find any toolbars etc. to turn it off, until i read your page.

  13. Jany says:

    Thank you :)

  14. Christine says:

    Thanks! I told someone at work that the online help for Microsoft Word wasn’t getting me anywhere and knew that I could get results via Google. Your fix was the first return on my search. Thanks for saving me time!

  15. JAF says:

    Elliot, thank you very much from Managua, Nicaragua.

    I had been “googling” for a fix to this problem but hadn’t found any, though some of the results had proven to be amusing if unrelated reading…

    Thank you again, and good luck!

  16. Kim says:

    I’m running Word 2002 and it didn’t work. That icon is grayed. Any other suggestions?

  17. Kitty says:

    tks elliot. lifesaver.

    tks microsoft. for wasting 5 mins of my time. grrrr

  18. Jodoe says:

    If the E-mail button is grey (non clicable) or if it doesn’t exist.
    It most likely that you don’t use Outlook as your default Email client.

    Go to Internet Options -> Programs and select Outlook (or Outlook Express) as your default Email client, click Ok.
    Launch your Word document, you’ll see the little button appears, or go to File->Send to -> Mail recipient to turn the tollbar Off.

  19. Hazel says:

    wow, this is great!
    i googled “remove email from microsoft word document” and you were first on the list :)
    anyway, this was very helpful, so thanks!

  20. s man says:

    Thank you so much – I have had this wretched toolbar up for months!

  21. Lydia says:

    Thank you!
    Looks like this is the gift that keeps on giving :)
    I also searched and this came up #1. So glad, because it was actually helpful (unlike MS Word help).
    I didn’t have my Standard toolbar on, so once I selected that, I could see.

  22. LeRoi says:

    Your help is still needed! Thanks!!!

  23. Glenn says:

    Thanks for the tip. It had me stumped. You’re advice is still helping people many years later. Cheers.

  24. Damon says:

    Thank god for your tip! So frustrating!

  25. RJ says:

    It helped me……

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