If you use Excel 2011, you may have noticed that the Standard toolbar disappears when Excel opens. This is not an uncommon issue – many folks have experienced this from the beginning, myself included. Luckily, it’s an easy fix – you need to delete the com.Microsoft.Excel.plist in your Library folder.
To stop the Standard toolbar from disappearing:
- Open the Finder.
- Open the [Your Name] folder
- Open the Library folder
- Scroll down until you see the com.Microsoft.Excel.plist file.
- Delete the file.
If this does not work, some of the other Excel files may have gotten corrupt and you may have to delete the Microsoft folder in the Library.
Before you go deleting files however, you may want to make sure that the toolbar is not just hidden. In the top right corner of the screen above the search box, there is a little gray button. Clicking this will toggle the appearance of the toolbars. You may wish to click this first as this little button is often the culprit.