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Customizing the Toolbar

Customizing the Toolbar

Vegas™ Pro, ACID™ Pro, and Sound Forge™ Pro, along with the consumer versions of each, feature toolbars that give you a variety of buttons to access your most often-used tools. We’ve populated those toolbars with default buttons that we think you’ll use most often, but we also realize that everyone works differently and the buttons one editor finds useful are not the same as those of another editor. For that reason, we’ve made it possible for you to completely customize your toolbars. In this article we’ll take a look at how toolbar customization works.

 Top Bar

To manage the buttons in the toolbar, choose Options | Customize Toolbar. The Customize Toolbar dialog box, shown in Figure 2 gives you all the tools you need for making the changes you want to your toolbar.

Figure 2: Click for a larger view

Figure 2: The Customize Toolbar dialog box gives you the tools you need to manage your toolbar.

 The Available toolbar buttons list presents all of the buttons that are not currently showing in your toolbar, but that you can add to it if you want to. Scroll though the list and note all that it has to offer. Note that buttons for Vegas Pro scripts show up in this list, so if you have a script that you use quite often, you can add a button for that script to your toolbar.

The Current toolbar buttons list shows all of the buttons currently contained in the toolbar. You can use the Add and Remove buttons to move buttons from one list to the other.

For example, say you frequently lock and unlock events on your timeline. To lock an event, you activate the event’s Lock switch. With the Lock Event button you can do this easily, instead of right-clicking the event and navigating into the menu structure to access the Lock switch.

Select the Lock Event button from the Available toolbar buttons list. Click the Addbutton. This moves the Lock Event button from the Available toolbar buttons list to the bottom of the Current toolbar buttons list. Now look at your toolbar. In Figure 3, you see the Lock Event button is now the last button in your toolbar.

Figure 3: Click for a larger view

Figure 3: The Lock Event button now appears as the last button in the toolbar.

You’ll also notice that the toolbar has separators that define sections of related buttons. The Lock Event button is in the same section as the What’s This Help button. The two aren’t related, so it would make sense to put them into separate sections of the toolbar. To do this, select Separator from the top of the Available toolbar buttons list and click Add. This adds a Separator to the bottom of the Current toolbar buttons list. Note that the separator option does not disappear from the Available toolbar buttons list the way the Lock Event button did. This indicates that you can add as many separators as you need.

The separator doesn’t sit in the correct position. We need it before the Lock Event button instead of after it. You can move a separator and any button and place it wherever you want it in your toolbar. In this case, we want to move the separator up one position.

Select the Separator from the Current toolbar buttons list. Click the Move Upbutton. Now the separator sits above the Lock Event button in the Customize Toolbar dialog box and—as shown in Figure 4—in the toolbar you see that there is now a separator between the What’s This Help and Lock Event buttons. You can use the Move up and Move Down buttons to rearrange your buttons within the toolbar to set them up exactly as you need them.

Figure 4: Click for a larger view

Figure 4: A separator now exists between the last two buttons in the toolbar.

 You can put a button directly into any position in the toolbar and thus avoid having to move it around to get it to the right position after you’ve added it. For example, say you want the New Video Track button to appear between the Automatic Crossfades and Auto Ripple buttons. To accomplish this, first select Auto Ripplefrom the Current toolbar buttons list. Now select New Video Track from theAvailable toolbar buttons list and click Add. This adds the new button above the selected button in the Current toolbar buttons list and in the toolbar you now see the New Video Track button between the two others.

When you’re done experimenting, click the Reset button if you want to return your toolbar back to the default configuration. Or, leave things arranged the way you have them. Click the Close button to finalize your changes and get to work!
The Customize Toolbar function is just one more way that Vegas Pro, ACID Pro, Sound Forge Pro, and our other software titles give you the flexibility you need to work in the way that is most efficient for you.
For more training resources including free training videos, webinar archives, article archives, and more, visit the training section of our website
Gary RebholzGary Rebholz, is the training manager for Sony Creative Software. Gary produces the popular Seminar Series training packages for Vegas Pro, ACID Pro, and Sound Forge software. He is also co-author of the book Digital Video and Audio Production. Gary has conducted countless hands-on classes in the Sony Creative Software training center, as well as at tradeshows such as the National Association of Broadcasters show.

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