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I am trying to customize my tool bar and am having trouble. I usually group like tools together in photoshop. Affinity does have some tools grouped already, so I would assume you could make a new group. However when dragging a tool onto another tool to group them, the other tools move out of the way. And I don't see any options on the tool bar customization menu. Is there not a way to do this?

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Welcome to the forums @TheCongressman

The Affinity applications don’t have a user-defined ‘tool grouping’ functionality on the Toolbar (or anywhere else).
Some tools are ‘grouped’  but that’s because Serif have chosen to ‘group’ them for us.
The best we can do is to use a ‘space’ or ‘flexible space’ divider between icons that we consider to be related.

If you would like to have ‘tool grouping’ on the Toolbar then you can create a new feature request or, even better, search for an existing request which covers your requirements and ‘add your voice’ to that.

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Damn @GarryP you where faster than me. 😂

Since most tools are also available individually, you can assemble the tools as you like. Use a smal blank separator to separate your self-created 'groups'

 

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4 hours ago, TheCongressman said:

I am trying to customize my tool bar and am having trouble. 

Toolbar at the top of the screen displayed horizontally 

or

Tools Panel displayed vertically on the left-hand side of the screen  

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9 hours ago, GarryP said:

The best we can do is to use a ‘space’ or ‘flexible space’ divider between icons that we consider to be related.

That applies to the Toolbar but I think the OP is asking about grouping tools on the Tools panel.

For that panel, other than the ones Affinity already groups together on the same icon (like for quick shapes) we can't make our own custom groups but we can add dividers & also use multiple columns to group tools in various ways. For example, this is how I have set up the Tools panel for the Designer persona in AD V2 on my Mac:

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On 9/28/2023 at 1:23 PM, R C-R said:

That applies to the Toolbar but I think the OP is asking about grouping tools on the Tools panel.

For that panel, other than the ones Affinity already groups together on the same icon (like for quick shapes) we can't make our own custom groups but we can add dividers & also use multiple columns to group tools in various ways. For example, this is how I have set up the Tools panel for the Designer persona in AD V2 on my Mac:

Toolspanel.jpg.dad37f17461b2adf9a1cd318dcb8ad6c.jpg

I see, thank you for the answer. It's disappointing that this functionality does not exist. It's frustrating as I constantly find myself waiting for Affinity to gain parity on basic functionalities other graphics applications have had for decades.

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16 minutes ago, TheCongressman said:

I see, thank you for the answer. It's disappointing that this functionality does not exist. It's frustrating as I constantly find myself waiting for Affinity to gain parity on basic functionalities other graphics applications have had for decades.

Out of curiosity, what apps do have that allow you to customize how to group tools on their tool panels?

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