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Custom Property Bars
Adding, deleting, copying, and
moving buttons on the context-sensitive Property Bars
Related pages -
To customize Toolbars see:
bar you see on screen (below the main toolbar)
when you first open a new document or when
you load an old one is the Text property bar, usually
containing drop lists for fonts and font sizes, some basic formatting
buttons (Bold, Italics, etc.) and a Styles drop list.
(1) To see these bars on screen you must have (at a minimum) the appropriate checkboxes
enabled in View, Toolbars: Enable (tick) the Property Bar
check box to see all property bars, and
appropriate boxes for the standard toolbars you want to have visible
(note the standard, default toolbar begins with the word
"WordPerfect"). Sometimes users accidentally hide property bars by
right-clicking on them. Just enable the Property Bar checkbox to make
them visible again.
(2) Many property bars require the cursor to be positioned inside
the area being edited -- such as inside a Header being edited, or insidea
Table being edited. For example, you won't see the Header property bar
if your cursor is inside the body text area of the document; you will
need to click inside the Header to make its property bar visible
(assuming the information in Note #1 is also true).
(3) You'll probably also notice that some property bar buttons are common to several property bars, so parts of the currently displayed property bar might appear not to change when you change editing tasks.
Here's a common "problem" when trying to customize a property bar:
Many users have figured out how to modify their toolbars (see here for how to do it), and have then decided to modify one or more property bars. Or perhaps they have dragged useful buttons from a property bar to delete them (see the Tips below) and they now want those buttons back.
However, property bars are (by
default) dynamic: a given property bar is visible only during the performance of
certain tasks, and it is usually replaced by another property bar once the
This is normally considered to be a nice feature -- unless
you are trying to add a button to a property bar so that it is always
present in the same area (i.e., just above the ruler) when that
property bar is active.
It is easy to assume that modifying one property bar modifies all of them, but this is not the case.
For example, a user once asked:
"I have attempted to customize both my toolbar and property bars; however, each time I select text, the buttons I added [to the property bar] simply disappear. How do I get them to stay?"
"It sounds like you added buttons to a property bar such as the ubiquitous Text property bar. Then, when you select some text, the Selected Text property bar appears. This is 'working as designed.' Property bars display only when needed."
This user wanted to get the new button onto
the Selected Text property bar so that it appears when some text is
Here are a couple of methods you can use to add (or even restore any deleted) buttons to a specific
property bar. Note that you can always reset a property bar as
explained in the Tips below.
You can place a button directly on the desired property bar -- such as a button to set paragraph formatting for selected paragraphs -- by editing the property bar.
To edit a particular property bar -
(a) Right-click on the currently visible property bar; choose Settings to bring up the Customize Settings dialog; select (click on) the desired property bar from the list on the Property Bars tab; and then click Edit.
(b) First bring up a specific property bar (e.g., for the Selected Text property bar, select some text in the document first); right-click on that property bar; and then click Edit.
The Property Bar Editor appears with 4 tabs. Under the Features tab, there's a "Feature Categories" drop list. Scroll down in it to select the category (e.g., Format). In the "Features" list, choose the desired button (e.g., Paragraph Format).
Click on Add Button, then click OK to dismiss the Property Bar Editor. If the Customize Settings dialog is visible, click Close.
Whenever that property bar appears, the new button will be available. See also the Tips below about deleting buttons, customizing the property bar, etc.
Method 2: Copy or move an existing button from a toolbar.
You can use a button from a standard toolbar that is currently visible [see here about adding buttons to the standard toolbar]. You would then simply drag-and-copy (or move) the button from the standard toolbar to the currently active property bar.
Advantages: This method might be a little easier/quicker than Method 1 if you already have the desired button on a standard toolbar. [And you can do the reverse. You can copy/move a button from a property bar onto the standard toolbar. See Tips below.]
Display the desired property bar to which you want to copy the button. That is, do whatever is needed to make that property bar appear on screen. For example: Select some text to display the Selected Text property bar.
(a) Use the keyboard and mouse.
To copy the button, hold down both the <Alt> and <Ctrl> keys while you (left-click) drag the button onto the property bar.
To move the button, hold down just the <Alt> key when you drag the button onto the property bar.
(b) Use the Toolbar Editor.
Right-click on the standard toolbar containing the desired button and choose Edit.
The Toolbar Editor appears; however, you won't need the Toolbar Editor at this time (you can drag it out of the way).
For now, hold down just the <Ctrl> key while you (left-click) drag the button to copy it from the standard toolbar onto the property bar. (Caution: If you just (left-click) drag you will move it to the property bar.)
Click OK to dismiss the Toolbar Editor.
The same process can be used to copy (or move) a button to any property bar: Do whatever is needed to display the desired property bar, then drag the new button onto it. See also the Tips below about deleting buttons, customizing the property bar, etc.