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How Do I Move the Context Toolbar?


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I like to have my toolbars and windows floating on the edges of the screen with document windows in the middle of the screen. I don't like single-window style applications. This is one of the things that attracted me to Affinity over other competitors

The one issue preventing me from achieving this is that I can't seem to move the Context Toolbar or figure out how to put it in its own window. This means I'm stuck with the empty "main" window behind all my other windows or I have to give up the many useful options and shortcuts displayed by this toolbar

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Ideally, I'd like to float this to the top of the screen right under the menu bar (I'm on Mac) just like when I use Photoshop, but putting it into a floating window like the other toolbars would be acceptable too

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That's not a configuration option that the Affinity applications provide.

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As far as I know, the Toolbar doesn't float, either.

The Tools panel can float, and the Studio panels, but not the Menu, Toolbar, or Context Toolbar.

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Designer, Photo, and Publisher V1 and V2 at latest retail and beta releases
PC:
    Desktop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 64GB memory, AMD Ryzen 9 5900 12-Core @ 3.00 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 

    Laptop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU.
iPad:  iPad Pro M1, 12.9": iPadOS 17.5, Apple Pencil 2, Magic Keyboard 
Mac:  2023 M2 MacBook Air 15", 16GB memory, macOS Sonoma 14.5

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19 minutes ago, maxoakland said:

Where do I submit feature requests?

In the Feedback section of the forums.

-- Walt
Designer, Photo, and Publisher V1 and V2 at latest retail and beta releases
PC:
    Desktop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 64GB memory, AMD Ryzen 9 5900 12-Core @ 3.00 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 

    Laptop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU.
iPad:  iPad Pro M1, 12.9": iPadOS 17.5, Apple Pencil 2, Magic Keyboard 
Mac:  2023 M2 MacBook Air 15", 16GB memory, macOS Sonoma 14.5

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4 hours ago, ThreadstoTwelve said:

I also would like it if the top bars could be moved and docked in separate places as well as the toolbar.

Not clear what you mean by "top bars." Are you talking about the Mac menu bar or something else? AFAIK, the position of the Mac menu bar cannot be changed.

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You can use the Tab key to toggle on & off everything other than the document window. You also have options on the View menu to turn on & off the display of the Context Toolbar & main Toolbar (the latter of which will hide both toolbars). These two can have keyboard shotcuts so they can be done quickly.

But there is no way to "undock" these toolbars.

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