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Click on the tiny triangle in the corner next to the Rectangle Tool icon to display the flyout where the other Shape Tools reside.


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In addition to the previous suggestion, you could use menu “View → Customise Tools” and drag the Rectangle tool over to your toolbar so it’s always available no matter which other shape tool you used last.

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http://I appreciate the suggestion, but am already aware of the flyout. I am missing stuff like the text tool.

On the left side of my screen, there are eighteen tools (excluding flyouts), starting with the view tool at the top and ending with the rectangle tool at the bottom, which has an additional list of 21 tools on its flyout.  I am missing the tools that should appear on my screen below the rectangle tool.  In customize tools I found I can display the tools  in more than one column.  When I selected 2 columns the missing tools appeared.

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Thanks for the clarification, John. I’m glad you managed to find the solution to the problem.


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14 hours ago, johnbur10 said:

I am missing the tools that should appear on my screen below the rectangle tool.  In customize tools I found I can display the tools  in more than one column.  When I selected 2 columns the missing tools appeared.

It seems to me that if the Tools panel is customized such that all the tools won't fit in a single column, either the panel should automatically change to a 2 (or more if needed) column layout in the customize tools view, or alternately & perhaps more practically a warning should appear that all the tools can't be displayed in a 1 column layout.


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I think a warning seems quite reasonable.
As long as the toolbar doesn’t scroll. I don’t think I could cope with a scrolling toolbar.
P.S. Could the Pen, Pencil and Vector drawing tools be given a joint ‘flyout item’ - similar to the shapes tools - to reduce the space needed?

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48 minutes ago, GarryP said:

P.S. Could the Pen, Pencil and Vector drawing tools be given a joint ‘flyout item’ - similar to the shapes tools - to reduce the space needed?

That would be a nice space saving addition to the UI. ;)


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