Overview of ArcPad toolbars
ArcPad tools are organized onto five default toolbars. You can switch between toolbars by choosing a toolbar icon from the toolbar selector. As you choose the toolbar icon, you will see that the tools in the area below it also change.
The five default toolbars:
- Main toolbar
- Browse toolbar
- Edit toolbar
- Quick Capture toolbar
- Navigation toolbar
The Command Bar is located at the bottom (by default) of the ArcPad window and is only visible while editing. The Main toolbar contains the tools necessary for managing your data. The Browse toolbar allows you to explore your data by panning, zooming, and retrieving information. The Edit toolbar and the Command Bar activate the editing tools so you can add new data or update existing data. The Navigation toolbar contains the tools for geocoding and routing with StreetMap data, and adding your default .sdc basemap to ArcPad.
You can switch between toolbars by:
- Tapping the chosen toolbar on the toolbar selector with a stylus or mouse.
- On a PC, pressing F2 to enable the keyboard; press TAB to select the toolbar.
- On Windows Mobile (devices that have menu and tab buttons), press MENU and use the arrows to select the toolbar.
The Command Bar is automatically displayed when a layer is selected for editing.
By default, on the left-hand side of the toolbars is a large round button . This is the Quick Action button. You can choose what action this tool performs for fast, easy access. You can choose to assign a single tool, making the Quick Action button a one-click stop for your most used tool, or choose to assign multiple tools to create a Quick Action menu.
By default, when you click on this tool, a selection of commonly used tools are listed as a menu.
To modify the Quick Action button, launch design mode and use the Toolbar Editor to remove or add tools from the Quick Action button. For more information, refer to the Steps to modify the standard toolbars.
The Quick Action button can be hidden from view, but not deleted completely. To hide the Quick Action button, uncheck the Quick Action button from the Toolbars menu item on the Quick Access menu.
If the Quick Action menu is removed completely from the ArcPad.apx, the button will still be available in ArcPad (if not hidden) but will have only a single action—it will launch the New Quick Project tool.
Quick Access menu
The display of toolbars can be easily changed within ArcPad from the Quick Access menu, located on the right-hand corner of the toolbar area, as shown below.
The Quick Access menu icon gives you the options to:
- Minimize the toolbar: Reduce the toolbar area to a thin bar, displaying the maximum size possible of the map. Clicking on the thin bar gives the option to maximize, and it returns to the normal mode.
- Dock the toolbar: Choose to dock toolbars to the top, bottom, left, or right of the screen.
- Taskbar: Hide or show the Taskbar.
- Toolbars: Chose to show any individual toolbar, used when Toolbar Selector is hidden.
- Quick Action: Hide or show the Quick Action tool by checking/unchecking it.
- Toolbar Selector: Hide or show the Toolbar Selector.
- Toolbar Settings: Display the Toolbar settings dialog box. Use to configure toolbar size, drop-down arrow size, and to customize the Favorites toolbar.
- Map Navigator: Hide or show the Map Navigator.
- GPS Status Panel: Hide or show the GPS Status Panel.
- Create App Shortcut: (Only visible when an ArcPad map document is open.) Create a shortcut that will appear on your Start menu for launching your ArcPad App.
- Design Mode: (Only available on Windows Desktop.) Enable Design Mode for customizing ArcPad.
Toolbars can be docked to the top, bottom, left, and right of the screen, and various parts of the total toolbar area hidden.
You can create new or modify existing toolbars from within ArcPad itself, while in Design Mode. You can further customize your toolbars using ArcPad Studio.
Toolbars can have an unlimited number of tools. A toolbar that contains more tools has a scroll toolbar on the right-hand side, so the tools can be viewed by scrolling left and right. Scroll toolbar only appears if there are too many tools to fit within the allocated toolbar space.