Tools Bar

The Tools Bar by default is located on the left side of the Work Window, and the buttons appear in Large Size. (You may change these settings, if you wish. See Toolbar Options Dialog Box and Toolbar Options Dialog Box for more information.)

Use the buttons in the Tools Bar to create and edit objects and their components, such as geometry and shading. You may also edit page properties.

Controls on the Tools Bar include the following:

Control Description
Page Layout – Click to move and scale a selected object in the Work Window using your mouse. For more information, see Move Object.
Object Edit – Click to perform advanced moving, stretching, rotation, skew, and origin placement operations. The Object Edit button provides full interactive editing of objects but is less convenient than the Page Layout button for simple object placement and scaling. For more information, see Transform Object.
Edit Vertices – With an object selected, click to perform vertex editing. For more information, see Vertex Editor Dialog Box.
Lock Object – Click to lock or unlock a selected object's transformation matrix. For more information, see Lock/Unlock Object.
Title – Click to open the Title Editor dialog box to create a title as an object on the current page. For more information, see Title Objects.
Formatted Text – Click to open the Text Editor dialog box in Text Edit Mode to create text as an object onto the current page. For more information, see Text Objects.
Picture – Click to display the Open dialog box to browse for image files to insert as an object onto the current page. For more information, see Image Objects.
Code Text – Click to open the Text Editor dialog box in Code Edit Mode to create or load code as an object onto the current page. For more information, see Code Objects.
Embed File or Media Click to open the Embed File or Media dialog box to insert files, plug-ins, Java applets, HTML IFrames, SVG files, Macromedia® Flash® files, or other multimedia files as an object onto the current page. For more information, see Embedded Files and Media.
Rectangle – Click to create a new rectangle object. For more information, see Rectangle Objects.
Ellipse – Click to create a new ellipse object. For more information, see Ellipse Objects.
Polygon – Click to create a new polygon object. For more information, see Polygon Objects.
Path Click to create a new curve object. For more information, see Curve Objects.
Edit Shading Click to open the Shading Editor dialog box. For more information, see Shading Editor Dialog Box.
Geometry Editor – Click to open the Geometry Editor dialog box. For more information, see Geometry Editor Dialog Box.

Action Editor - Click to open the Action Editor dialog box. For more information, see Action Editor Dialog Box.

Behavior Editor - Click to open the Behavior Editor dialog box. For more information, see Behavior Editor Dialog Box.

Quick Properties Editor – With an object selected, click to open the Quick Properties Editor dialog box associated with the selected object. Or, with no object selected, click to open the Quick Properties Editor dialog box to select any object in the project to edit. For more information, see Quick Properties Editor Dialog Box.