Using the notebook bar

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, choose View - User Interface and from the submenu select the layout which you want.

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Choose menu View - User Interface

User interface layouts

The User Interface entry defines which user interface elements are visible. The following three layouts are not of notebook bar type:

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.

Available Notebook bar modes

In a notebook bar mode, all toolbar and sidebar are hidden and the notebook bar is placed on the top.


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.


The Tabbed and Groupedbar modes are also available as compact variants.


The notebook bar icon size is adjustable in - LibreOffice - View - Notebookbar icon size 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.


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