Toolbars reside in an area below the Main Menu, termed the toolbar docking area, but can be undocked and rearranged or moved anywhere on the screen by dragging them around by the vertical ribbed handle which you can find on the left of each toolbar:
When you undock a toolbar it displays a title bar bearing the name of the toolbar at the left end and a small Close button at the right end:
Toolbars can be made visible or hidden by clicking their names in the appropriate Options submenu (Main menu: View⁄Options⁄Toolbars) or the Toolbar menu.
To display the Toolbar menu, right-click anywhere in the toolbar region:
A tick against the toolbar's name confirms that it is currently visible.
Undocking and docking toolbars
Undocked toolbars are also termed floating toolbars. Undocking allows you to move a toolbar closer to where you are working, then dock it again when you have finished. Note that to dock the toolbar, you must drag it back to the toolbar docking area. Clicking the Close button in a toolbar's top right-hand corner does not dock it, it hides it. To restore a hidden toolbar, bring up the Toolbar menu and click the toolbar's name. You can also set its visibility through the Options menu as described above.
When you dock a toolbar, it should "snap" into place leaving no gaps between any toolbars directly above or below, but there may be a small space between it and a horizontally adjacent toolbar. You can close this space manually or by autoarranging all toolbars (see below).
The name of the toolbar can only be displayed when it is floating. See Available toolbars for a display of toolbars in both floating and docked mode.
All tool buttons support a feature called 'tooltips' or 'hints', which means that you just have to put the mouse pointer over a button (don't click the button ), wait a little while, and a little yellow note will appear explaining the function of the button, e.g.
You can "autoarrange" toolbars. When you have docked a toolbar so that there is a gap between it and an adjacent one, you can close the gap by either dragging the toolbar by its handle, or autoarrange all toolbars by using the option Toolbar menu ⁄ Auto arrange toolbars, or Main menu ⁄ View ⁄ Auto arrange toolbars.
- Any changes made to toolbar visibilities via the Toolbar menu apply only to the mode you were in at the time of accessing the Toolbar menu, and revert to the settings in the Options menu as soon as you shut down the program. In other words, the only permanent way to set toolbar visibility options is via the Options menu.
- Not all toolbuttons and toolbars are visible in TreePad at the time of installation, by default. See Toolbutton visibility.
- If you need to enlarge the toolbar docking area in order to rearrange toolbars manually, drag any toolbar by its handle until it overlaps the top or bottom border of the toolbar docking area.Now release the toolbar and it will create a new row as it docks, giving you more space in the docking area. Now you can rearrange the bars manually or automatically. Currently the maximum height of the docking area is 4 rows.
- Double-clicking a toolbar toggles the floating⁄docked mode. You may find it easiest to double-click the handle to undock it when it is docked, and to double-click the title bar to dock it when it is floating.
- If you hide all toolbars whose features you seldom use, and move the rest over to the left so that the right third of the toolbar area is vacant, you should be able to reduce the width of your TreePad window by a third (when working in a smaller window) and still be able to access all your important toolbuttons.