How to dock and remove toolbars in LibreOffice

Modern Office-Software suites can be terrifyingly complicated. Like most of its alternatives, the free and open source LibreOffice puts its frequently used controls on various menus above the content area. However, most of the tools available are hidden by default – you’ll have to manually add those that aren’t immediately visible. Here is how.

In LibreOffice Writer, Calc, Impress and Math you can click on the menu item “View” and then move the mouse over “Toolbars”. You will see a wide range of available toolbars that differ with each program. Those with the check mark are currently active and visible.

If you click on one of the unchecked toolbar options, it becomes visible and vice versa. Where the new toolbar appears is inconsistent; to the exampleWhen you turn on 3D Settings in Writer, the toolbar appears at the bottom of the window, but the Align Objects tool appears as a floating collection of icons that can be moved.

Fortunately, you don’t have to leave these menus where they are. For a floating toolbar, just click and drag the gray bar at the top of the window. Drag it to the main toolbar at the top of the screen, the secondary bar below it, or even the dock on the right, and it will be added to where you release the mouse button. A shaded rectangle shows you where it will fall. If you don’t have enough horizontal space in the window, you can drop it on a new toolbar row.

To do the opposite and drag a docked toolbar out of its docked position, just click the five dots at the top or side of the toolbar. A cross-shaped cursor indicates that this part of the toolbar can be moved. Click and drag it to the content area of ​​the window to move this toolbar freely.


As with the formatting above, larger toolbars can be resized horizontally to place the various tools on multiple bars. Additional tools (if applicable) can be accessed via the down arrow next to the close “X.”

For even more control over any LibreOffice user interface, click View> Toolbars> Customize. The Toolbars tab in this menu allows you to disable or enable any individual tool in any of the available toolbars. Your settings will be saved in the program you are currently using. You can even use the New and Add commands to create entirely new, custom toolbars.

If at any point you’ve misplaced a tool or are just fed up with the changes made, click View> Toolbars> Reset to bring everything back to its original place.

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