In Microsoft Word 2007 when you select a piece of text, a pop-up toolbar will display containing the common font formatting tools like font-name, font-size, bold, italic, etc. (The Mini Toolbar.)

Is there a way to prevent this pop-up from showing when you select text?

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    OMG this f***ing bar! – Toby May 4 '17 at 20:22

Hit the Office button.

Choose Word Options.

In the "Options" → "Popular" window ("Options" → "General" in newer versions of Word), uncheck the "Show Mini Toolbar on selection" option:

Word 1909 Version

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If I understood correctly what exactly you wish to disable, then these are the instructions on how to do it.

In short, Round button / Word Options / Remove the checkmark on "Show Mini toolbar on Selection".

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For someone who is looking for this solution for Word 2019

File > Options > General -> Unchek Show Mini Toolbar on selection.

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