This article is a follow up to my post and video about my Shoegnome Work Environment for ARCHICAD 20. If you want to download and use my Work Environment (or learn more about it), click on that previous link.
Tools Toolbar > Toolbox
Back in ARCHICAD 19, I became very interested in maximizing my screen space: Maximized Work Environments in ARCHICAD. One of the major changes I made to my Work Environment at that time was to access my Tools (Wall Tool, Window Tool, Label Tool, etc.) via a custom drop down menu toolbar rather than the Toolbox. The Toolbox I realized was a waste of space. Did I really need to see the Tools the entire time I was using ARCHICAD? Absolutely not. When I rebuilt my ARCHICAD 20 Work Environment, I immediately rebuilt my Tools drop down menu toolbar and once again got rid of the Toolbox. Here’s how I did it:
There are two caveats to getting rid of your Toolbox:
- If you don’t have the Toolbox visible, you can’t use the Favorites Pop-up that appears when you hover next to a Tool. But that’s okay. The same Pop-up appears when you click on the > button in the Info Box. I actually prefer that location because it’s always in the same spot on the screen. I happily use the Info Box to reach favorites, along with having a keyboard shortcut for when I need to access the full Favorites Palette. My KBS for the Favorites Palette is SHIFT+~ and I have the Favorites Palette set to open just to the right of my Info Box on the left hand side of the screen. It’s a great workflow.
- Without the Toolbox visible, you’ll need to learn that you can right click on an element and selection the option Select & Activate Tool. This option is necessary when you’re doing things like adding nodes to an existing Mesh or some other Tool specific actions which I can not think of at the moment.
- This is totally unrelated, but since I have your attention: the hammer icon for Edit Selection Set has been removed from the Info Box. Don’t forget that feature exists. The Keyboard Shortcut is CMD+OPT+T. Memorize that.
Which Would You Rather Have?
And would you rather sometimes see this:
Or always see this (even if it’s one column high):