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Basic user interface elements

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Last modified November 9, 2006
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ESRI applications all have a Main menu and Standard toolbar that appear by default. Both are referred to as toolbars, although the Main menu toolbar contains menus only.

The ArcMap Main menu and Standard toolbar

The Main menu and Standard toolbar in ArcMap

The ArcCatalog Main menu and Standard toolbar

The Main menu and Standard toolbar in ArcCatalog

Additional toolbars are available for use when you are performing a particular task. Any toolbar can be docked at the top or bottom or to the left or right side of the ArcMap or ArcCatalog windows. Alternatively, toolbars can float on the desktop while functioning as part of the application. When you dock a toolbar, it is moved and resized with the application's window. To prevent a toolbar from docking, hold down the Ctrl key while dragging the toolbar.

About toolbars and commands

Toolbars can contain different types of commands—menus, buttons, tools, combo boxes, or edit boxes. Each command has code associated with it, whether it's core to the application or something you've created yourself. All commands generally execute in the same manner, although you use each type differently when interacting with the application.

Types of commands

You'll work with different types of commands in ArcMap and ArcCatalog:

The illustration below shows the five command types in ArcMap and ArcCatalog.

5 types of commands

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