Writer's Workbench

How to make the Writer's Workbench Toolbar available whenever Word is invoked

This entry was inspired by a request from Dr. Kit Nip of Iowa Wesleyan College (Thanks Kit!)

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This procedure works with WWB 8.5 or later releases. 

For Word 2003 or earlier, use the procedure in #2 below.
For Word 2007 or later versions of Word, use the procedure in #3 below.

  1. Start Microsoft Word without Writer's Workbench (Start, Programs, Microsoft Word or through a desktop shortcut)

  2. Word 2003 and earlier:

    1. Pull down Tools, Options, File Locations; modify "Startup" to point to "C:\WWB\Startup"

    2. "OK" your way out of these dialogs

  3. Word 2007 / Word 2010 / Word 2013 / Word 2016:

    1. Click File (or Office button) in the upper-left corner

    2. Click on Options and then Advanced

    3. Scroll down to the bottom and click on "File Locations"

    4. Modify "Startup" to read "C:\WWB\Startup"

    5. "OK" your way out of these dialogs

  4. Exit Word to update those settings

  5. Start Microsoft Word again (Start, Programs, Microsoft Word or through a desktop shortcut or double-click on a .doc or .docx document)

  6. The Writer's Workbench tools should be loaded now as if you had invoked Word using the WWB icon

  7. The desktop shortcut to Writer's Workbench can be deleted, as it will no longer be necessary

If you would like to make loading Writer's Workbench optional again, point Word's Startup directory to a different location in Word.

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