Missing APA menu in Word

 

Problem: You don't see the APA or MLA menu in Word

This affects versions of Word older than Word 2007 (with the exception of the very next sentence)

FYI, if you did not start the current document with our template you won't have an APA menu.

Symptom: The APA or MLA menu disappears after you start your document with our template.

Cause: another template is putting up its own menu and overwriting our menu. Adobe PDF writer toolbar is a frequent culprit of this problem.

Solution 1

Right click on your Word menu and select Customize.

Click Close.  The APA or MLA menu should return.

This solution is temporary and the problem will probably recur when you restart Word or use the menu or toolbar that is causing the problem (e.g. when you use the PDF toolbar).

Solution 2

Open a document created with the template.

In Word prior to Word 2007: Click Tools, Templates and add-ins.
In Word 2007: Click the Office Button, Word Options, Add-ins.  Change the Manage choice to Templates and click Go.

Uncheck any items in the global templates section.

This solution may or may not be permanent depending upon how aggressive the other template is at replacing its menu.

Solution 3

Place a copy of our template in Word's global template folder.  Our templates have the following names: APA = apa5thed.wiz MLA = mla-rps.dot

The global template folder or "startup" folder is typically something like the below example.  The exact name will vary depending on your version of Word or Office.  Look for a folder named "Startup."
C:\Program Files\MSOffice2003\OFFICE11\STARTUP

This is a permanent solution.  The side effect of this is that our menu item (APA or MLA) will always be displayed while you are in Word.  This will not hurt anything but it is important to remember that if you are working on a paper you need to be sure that the paper was started with our template.  Our menu is the best clue that the paper was started with our template.  This solution causes this clue to be misleading as the menu item will be there whether or not you started the paper with our template.

To double check that the paper was started w/ our template do this:

In Word prior to Word 2007: Click Tools, Templates and add-ins.
In Word 2007: Click the Office Button, Word Options, Add-ins.  Change the Manage choice to Templates and click Go.

Under document template our template should be listed.  If the template says "Normal" then this document was not started w/ our template or the document has become detached from the template.

Solution 4

Delete the template causing the problem

In Word prior to Word 2007: Click Tools, Templates and add-ins.
In Word 2007: Click the Office Button, Word Options, Add-ins.  Change the Manage choice to Templates and click Go.

Click on the template you want to permanently remove and click the Remove button.

Or use Windows Explorer to find the template file and rename or delete it.

See also: Attaching a template to a document