had a good look at scribus but i don't think that the toolbars can be customised so that kind of knocks that idea out.
also had a bit of drama in trying to get into "microsoft dscussion groups" ... couldn't get past the signup section for some reason ... not impressed ... wasn't very user-friendly.
but the good news was when i typed in 'microsoft support' > publisher 2002.
this led me to:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322117/en-us
which included:Microsoft Windows XP1.
Start Windows Explorer.2.
On the Tools
menu, click Folder Options
, and then click the View
Under Hidden files and folders
, click Show hidden files and folders
Click to clear Hide file extensions for known file types
, and then click OK
Locate the following folder drive:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Publisher
is the drive on which Windows XP is installed, and username
is your Windows user name.6.
In the right pane, right-click Pubcmd.dat
, and then click Rename
, and then press ENTER.
i have always used windows explorer and have it readily available somewhere on screen as i consider it the most important programme on any computer. anyway, i ignored 2, 3 and 4 because i have nothing hidden (why does microsoft do this????? ... it's stupid) and easily found the .dat file.
the microsoft article is actually about how to convert a custom-made toolbar back to the ms default toolbar so i ignored 6 and 7.
although i've not yet put it to the test, i'm sure this is the file i've been looking for so will save a copy of it elsewhere on my computer which will enable me to drag and drop it after it becomes neccessary to delete/re-install publisher.
i hope all the above helps others who also want to keep their custom-made publisher toolbars after a re-install.
finally, my thanks to all who have helped me with their suggestions. it is very much appreciated.
cheers ... michael.