Customize the contextual toolbar

Tekla Structures
Tekla Structures

Customize the contextual toolbar

You 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.

    The list of contextual toolbars shows only the toolbars that are available in the current mode, meaning in the modeling mode or in the drawing mode.

  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, click and 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 macro or user-defined attribute from the list.
    2. Click Add.

      Tekla Structures adds the macro or the 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 in the toolbar elements list.
  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. Click to 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 recommend 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. Note that the firm folder location needs to be defined in the teklastructures.ini file.

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