GIS Tips – ArcGIS….I lost my Toolbar (and other toolbar problems)

It’s been a while since I did any tips and was asked by a colleague for some help yesterday which spurned me into putting this onto paper (or digital/matrix/whatever).

Have you ever been working away in ArcMap when all of a sudden, in your whirl of mousing and clicking, you accidentaly move or lose one of your toolbars? Yeah, me too. It happens to the best of us. So here I’ve a couple of ways to retrieve the toolbars easily.

1: The toolbar is just plain gone

If the toolbar has just completely disappeared, chances are that the little X in the top right corner has gotten clicked, therefore closing it. Right click anywhere on a toolbar and choose the toolbar you want from the list Go to View Toolbars and choose the toolbar you want from the list

 2: The toolbar has been moved partly off screen and you can’t reach the handle to move it back

You may think all is lost when your toolbar is just barely out of reach. Double click on an empty space on the toolbar. This will dock the toolbar, thus bringing it into view for you to do with as you please.

You might have to resize the toolbar in order to get an empty space to double click on, but it can be done!

3: You can’t reach/see all of the buttons on your docked toolbar

If some of the buttons on your toolbar are unreachable, it is likely because it has been docked on a spot that doesn’t have enough room to accommodate all of the buttons.

Move the toolbar to another docked spot with more room & undock the toolbar

4: Toolbars won’t stay where they are

This problem seems most common in ArcGIS 10, the solution I have found is this;

1. Start Menu –> Run –> type “regedit” (without quotation marks).
2. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder.
3. Expand Software folder within HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
4. Rename the ESRI folder to ESRI_OLD.
5. File > Exit.

The toolbars may not be docked the first time but once in place they will be docked on subsequent refreshes.


Nick D

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