Subject: Displaying and hiding the Tool Palettes pane



The Tool Palettes pane displays groups of organized commands and blocks for easy selection.

The Tool Palettes pane can be either docked or floating. A floating pane has a Close box and options along the right, can be located anywhere on the screen, and can be resized. A docked pane has a title bar, a Close button in the upper right only when the cursor moves over it, cannot be resized, and is attached along one of the edges of the drawing window.

To display the Tool Palettes pane

   1   Do one of the following:

   On the ribbon, choose View > Tool Palettes (in Display).

   On the menu, choose View > Display > Tool Palettes.

   Right-click a ribbon tab (if your version has a ribbon), toolbar, or menu and choose Tool Palettes.

   Type toolpalettes and press Enter.

To close the Tool Palettes pane

   1   Do one of the following:

   On the ribbon, choose View > Tool Palettes (in Display).

   On the menu, choose View > Display > Tool Palettes.

   On the Tool Palettes pane when it is undocked, click () in the upper right corner.

   Right-click a ribbon tab (if your version has a ribbon), toolbar, or menu and choose Tool Palettes.

   Type toolpalettesclose and press Enter.

The display of tool palettes can be affected by other commands too.
To control whether tool palettes are included when you click Clean Screen On/Off on the status bar, right-click the icon and mark or unmark Tool Palettes.

To display or hide multiple items at once — tool palettes, drawing tabs, the ribbon and quick access toolbar (for versions that have a ribbon) — type showpalettes or hidepalettes in the command bar.

To auto hide the Tool Palettes pane

   1   Do one of the following:

   Right-click the Tool Palettes pane title bar and choose Auto Hide.

   On the Tool Palettes pane when it is undocked, click Auto Hide ().

   On the Tool Palettes pane when it is undocked, click the menu (), and choose Auto Hide.

To move the Tool Palettes pane

   Click and drag the title bar of the Tool Palettes pane to the desired location in the drawing window.

To dock or undock the Tool Palettes pane

   1   On the Tool Palettes pane when it is undocked, click the menu (), and choose Dockable if it is unchecked.

   2   Do one of the following:

   Double-click the title bar of the Tool Palettes pane to dock or undock it.

   Drag the Tool Palettes pane title bar to the far right or left of the drawing window to dock it, or drag it to a different area of the drawing window to undock it.

   On the Tool Palettes pane when it is undocked, click the menu (), and choose Fix to Left to dock the palette on the left side of the drawing window, or choose Fix to Right to dock the palette on the right side.

Tool palettes are customizable.
You can change the transparency of the Tool Palettes pane; add, delete and rear­range tool palettes; and add new customized commands and blocks. For more details, see Customizing tool palettes.

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