How to Remove the Annoying Paste Icon in Microsoft Word 2003
Every once in a while one has to write a public vent about silly little Microsoft Word annoyances. This little rant is all about the nagging and annoying paste icon found in the 2003 version of Microsoft Word. While the tiny little icon does not contribute to global warming, it does not increase the price of one’s insurance policy nor does it squeeze the toothpaste at the wrong end or leave the toilet seat up, it is annoying nonetheless.
Anyone who is using Microsoft Word 2003 (it might happen in other versions of Microsoft Word, but since this author uses the 2003 version, she can only vent about what she knows) and is faced with the little icon every time she pastes text from one place to another might understand the frustration. The frustration is similar to driving behind someone who drives 2 miles below the speed limit. Not earth shattering, but very annoying.
Paste Icon Removal Attempts
One’s initial reaction to get rid of the icon is to highlight or click on it and press the “Delete” key. Unfortunately that doesn’t get rid of the annoying little bugger. The next logical step is to right mouse click on it to invoke a “Remove this annoying little icon” menu item. That doesn’t work either.
In total frustration, the crazed writer begins to click all around the page hoping it would go away only to find it’s a waste of time. It only seemed to disappear after one begins to type again.
Can’t Leave Well Enough Alone
For those Microsoft Word 2003 users out there who aren’t satisfied with ignoring it until it’s time to type again, here’s how to remove that pesky paste icon once and for all:
- From the “Tools” menu bar at the top of an open window select “Options”
- Click on the “Edit” tab in the “Options” Window. There will be several tabs to choose from so be sure to select the “Edit” tab.
- Locate the option “Show Paste Option buttons” and remove the check from the box in front of it (the Microsoft Word programmers should have named this option “Annoying Little Paste Bugger”).
- Select “OK” to save your selection
Put it To the Paste Test
Now find any random text and paste it anywhere in your current document. Viola! No paste options icon.
That, my dear friends, concludes my Microsoft Word 2003 paste icon rant. Thanks for listening.
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