Show display options in menu bar

Split buttons are effective in situations where the next command is likely to be the same as the last command. In this case, the label is changed to the last command, as with a color picker:. A drop-down list in a toolbar reflects the state of the currently selected object, if any.

Changing the list changes the selected object's state. The Windows Internet Explorer toolbar saves space by omitting labels of well-known icons, using a partial toolbar, and using an overflow chevron for less frequently used commands. Windows 7-style toolbars left align program specific commands, but right align standard, well-known commands such as Options, View, and Help.

The Windows Fax and Scan toolbar has few commands, so the better version labels the most important ones. The overflow chevron indicates that not all commands are displayed, but more of them could be with a better layout. Generally, toolbars work great together with menu bars because having both allows each to focus on their strengths without compromise.

In this example, double-clicking the Format painter command enters a mode where all subsequent clicks apply the format. Users can leave the mode by left single-clicking. Windows 7-style toolbars use icons only for commands whose icons are well known; otherwise they use text labels without icons. Doing so improves the clarity of the labels, but requires more space. For more information and examples, see Icons. If you are using menu buttons and split buttons in a toolbar, try to use the following standard menu structures and their relevant commands whenever possible.

Unlike menu bars, toolbar commands don't take access keys. These commands mirror the commands found in standard menu bars, so they should be used only for primary toolbars. This list shows the button labels and type with their order and separators, shortcut keys, and ellipses.

Note that the command for displaying and hiding the menu bar is in the View menu. These commands supplement standard menu bars. Note that the command for displaying and hiding the menu bar is in the Tools menu.

The supplemental toolbar category names differ from the standard menu category names because they need to be more encompassing. For example, the Organize category is used instead of Edit because it contains commands that aren't related to editing. To maintain consistency between menu bars and toolbars, use the standard menu category names if doing so wouldn't be misleading.

In this example, the toolbar should use Edit instead of Organize for consistency because it has the standard Edit menu commands. While toolbar commands are used for immediate actions, sometimes more information is needed to perform the action.

Use an ellipsis to indicate that a command requires more information before it can take effect. Put the ellipsis at the end of the tooltip and label, if there is one. If a command cannot take effect immediately, however, no ellipsis is required. So, for example, sharing settings doesn't have an ellipsis even though it needs additional information, because the command can't possibly take effect immediately.

Because toolbars are constantly displayed, and space is at a premium, ellipses should be used infrequently. This site uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads.

By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Collapse the table of content. This documentation is archived and is not being maintained. Is this page helpful? We appreciate your feedback. Primary toolbars A toolbar designed to work without a menu bar, either hidden or removed. A primary toolbar from Windows Explorer. Supplemental toolbars A toolbar designed to work with a menu bar. Supplemental toolbars can focus on efficiency without compromise.

A supplemental toolbar from Windows Movie Maker. A toolbar menu in Windows Photo Gallery. Customizable toolbars A toolbar that can be customized by users. A customizable toolbar from Microsoft Visual Studio. Palette windows A modeless dialog box that presents an array of commands. Palette windows are undocked toolbars. Palette windows from Windows Paint. Unlabeled icons One or more rows of small unlabeled icon buttons. An unlabeled icons toolbar from WordPad. Large unlabeled icons A single row of large unlabeled icon buttons.

A labeled icons toolbar from Windows Explorer. Partial toolbars A partial row of small icons used to save space when a full toolbar isn't necessary. Partial toolbars can be combined with navigation buttons, a search box, or tabs. Large partial toolbars A partial row of large icons used to save space when a full toolbar isn't necessary. A large partial toolbar from Windows Defender. Command icon buttons Clicking a command button initiates an immediate action.

Examples of icon command buttons from Windows Fax and Scan. Mode icon buttons Clicking a mode button enters the selected mode. Examples of mode buttons from Windows Paint. Property icon buttons A property button's state reflects the state of the currently selected objects, if any.

Examples of property buttons from Microsoft Word. Labeled icon buttons A command button or property button labeled with an icon and a text label. A toolbar with its most frequently used buttons labeled. Menu buttons A command button used to present a small set of related commands. A single downward-pointing triangle indicates that clicking the button shows a menu.

A menu button with a small set of related commands. Click the triangle next to the thumbnail image of the current item. See Brush Tool bar example above. To display or hide rulers: Guides and the Grid Guides appear as lines that float over the entire image and do not print. You can move, remove, or lock a guide to avoid accidentally moving it. A Grid appears by default as non printing lines but can also be displayed as dots.

The grid is useful for laying out elements symmetrically. To show or hide a grid or guides: The Photoshop work area includes the menu bar at the top of your screen, the image window containing an image, and a variety of tools and palettes for editing and adding effects to your document.

Using the Tool Options Bar Most tools have options that are displayed in the tool options bar. This bar is located right underneath the menu line. The options bar is context sensitive, it changes as different tools are selected. You can move the options bar from its default location to anywhere in the work area. To display the tool options bar do one of the following: Brush Tool bar This bar example shows that the Brush tools has been selected, it shows a thumbnail of the thickness of the brush.

Next to this is a small arrow indicating that a pop-up window is available with more options pop-up windows explained later in this page.