The notebook bar is a new form of displaying commands icons for a quicker usage.
By default, LibreOffice commands are grouped in cascading menus and in toolbars filled with icons.
The notebook bar shows a different way to organize controls and icons than a collection of straight rows of icons, displaying contextual groups of commands and contents.
With the notebook bar, frequently used commands are grouped in an arrangement that will make it quicker to access, avoiding lengthy menu navigation and toolbars command icon lookup.
The notebook bar is available in Writer, Calc, Draw and Impress. The user interface has now several available layouts. To change the layout, chooseand from the submenu select the layout which you want.
The User Interface entry defines which user interface elements are visible. The following three layouts are not of notebook bar type:
Standard toolbar – classic mode with two visible toolbars – standard and formatting. The sidebar is partially collapsed and shows only tabs.
Single toolbar – one toolbar with all frequently used features. The sidebar is collapsed.
Sidebar – The sidebar is fully opened and only one toolbar is showed – formatting toolbar.
When user activates additional toolbars, they will be saved in the user profile. Therefore, on returning from the notebook bar mode, all toolbars set visible before will show again.
In a notebook bar mode, all toolbar and sidebar are hidden and the notebook bar is placed on the top.
Tabbed – In this mode, the bar is divided into tabs, where each tab displays a set of icons grouped by context. The context can also change depending on the object selected in the document, for example a table or an image.
In the tabbed mode the menu bar is hidden by default. To display the menu bar, select the Menubar icon at the top-left position of the window.
Contextual groups – The notebook bar is divided into 4 groups. The File, Clipboard and Text groups are fixed. The Insert group contents are replaced with commands that depends on the nature of the selected object in the document, as for a table, an image or an OLE object.
Contextual single – Displays a single centered toolbar with context-dependent contents.
Groupedbar – The bar is divided into groups that contain commands organized as icon sets and menus.
The Tabbed and Groupedbar modes are also available as compact variants.
The notebook bar icon size is adjustable in listbox.
The notebook bar cannot be customized.
The current implementation (LibreOffice 7.1) of the notebook bar is common to Writer, Calc, Draw and Impress modules. A change in the notebook bar in one module will affect the notebook bar of the other modules.