Customizing toolbars in ArcPad

Customizing toolbars in ArcPad

Some customization of ArcPad can be performed within ArcPad itself:

You can extend this customization by using ArcPad Studio to add custom tools that contain scripted actions and behavior. For more information on building custom tools, refer to Customizing ArcPad Help installed on your PC.

Add or remove default tools

The standard ArcPad toolbars are defined in the ArcPad configuration file ArcPad.apx. If you modify the ArcPad.apx file, every time you open ArcPad, you will see your modified toolbars. In the Toolbar Editor (only available when in Design Mode), you must choose ArcPad.apx from the Toolbar Group list to modify the standard toolbars.

Create your own toolbar

In ArcPad, you can also customize toolbars that are specific to different projects or activities. These toolbars are usually saved as an ArcPad applet (.apa) or within your ArcPad map (.apm).

Choosing where to store your toolbars is dependent on your project needs. The following table describes your choices:

When you want

Store your toolbars in

A custom toolbar for all projects


To append tools to the default toolbars for one project


To append tools to the default toolbars for many projects


To append tools to the default toolbars for all projects


You can have one or more applets loaded at a time, and their toolbars are displayed in addition to your standard toolbars (the toolbars defined in ArcPad.apx).

If you want to display toolbars from your applets or map only (not the standard toolbars), you must do one of the following:

To learn more about ArcPad Apps, refer to What are ArcPad Apps?

Design Mode

Customization of toolbars is done in ArcPad Design Mode. If you do not want users to modify toolbars, you can create an ArcPad App. By default, Design Mode is unavailable for new ArcPad Apps.