Customize the contextual toolbar

Last updated November 1, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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Customize the contextual toolbar

Customize the contextual toolbar

You can customize the contextual toolbarfloating toolbar that contains commands for modifying the most common object properties

The user can customize the contextual toolbar.

by selecting which toolbar elements are visible. You can also adjust the width of the elements, and add icons and additional titles to the elements.

Customize contextual toolbar

  1. On the contextual toolbar, click.
  2. In the list of contextual toolbars, select the toolbar you want to customize.
  3. Select and clear check boxes to define which toolbar elements you wish to show or hide.

    The Preview area shows what the toolbar will look like. For example:

  4. To modify the toolbar elements:
    1. Click the toolbar element.

      If the element can be modified, the following box appears:

    2. Use the slider to adjust the width of the toolbar element.
    3. To add an additional title, click the text box and enter a title.
    4. To add an icon, clickand select an icon from the list.
    5. To remove the icon or title, click.
  5. To add macros and user-defined attributes:
    1. Select the desired macrosaved series of actions that includes instructions for a program

      Macros are located in the applications and components catalog. They are recorded or created manually and stored as .cs file in a folder defined with the advanced option XS_MACRO_DIRECTORY.

      Macros can, for example, be used for creating drawings or reports.

      Macros are sometimes used to run an application.

      or user-defined attributeobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object properties

      User-defined attributes are used when the predefined object properties are not sufficient but more properties are needed. For example, comment, locked, and erection status are user-defined attributes.

      from the list.
    2. Click Add.

      Tekla Structures adds the macro or user-defined attribute to the list of toolbar elements and to the Preview image. For example:

    3. To hide the macro or user-defined attribute, clear the corresponding check box as described in step 2.
  6. Click OK to save the changes.

Create user profiles for contextual toolbars

You can create multiple profiles for contextual toolbars. Each profile contains the same contextual toolbars, but with different settings.

  1. On the contextual toolbar, click.
  2. In the Set profiles box, enter a name for the profile.
  3. Clickto save the new profile.
  4. Customize the selected contextual toolbar.

    For example, remove some elements from the contextual toolbar.

  5. Click OK to save the changes.

    The user profile is now active with the settings you defined.

  6. To switch to another profile:
    1. In the Set profiles list, select another profile from the list.
    2. Modify the settings.
    3. Click OK.

      This user profile is now active.

When Tekla Structures is restarted, the last used profile is loaded by default.

Back up and share contextual toolbars

We advice you to save a backup copy of your customized contextual toolbars. You can use the backup file to copy settings to another computer or to share the customizations with your co-workers.

  1. Save the contextual toolbar under a user profile, with a name that you can easily recognize. For example, MyContextualToolbar.
  2. Go to the ..\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Trimble\Tekla Structures\<version>\ContextualToolbar\Profiles folder.
  3. Make a copy of your customized contextual toolbar and save it in the corresponding folder on another computer.
  4. To open a customized contextual toolbar on another computer:
    1. On the contextual toolbar, click.
    2. In the Set profiles list, select the correct profile from the list.

      For example, MyContextualToolbar , if that is the name you used in step 1.

    3. Click OK.

      The customizations are now active.


Alternatively, you can place the entire ContextualToolbar folder in your company's firm folder or in the system folder.

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