Standard toolbar showing Options icon and Property Bar showing the No Selection state

The Options icon shown above can be placed anywhere, and by default is on the Property Bar when no objects are selected. Personally, I prefer to have it on the Standard toolbar so it is always accessible, and I will show you how to do that (it's very simple to do). Once it is on the Standard toolbar, you can quickly access the Options to customize any toolbar. This is especially useful for customizing a Property Bar if the tools you use frequently are not already there by default.

The Property Bar will change with each object selected. The view shown above is when no objects are selected. The "No Selection" properties will allow you to set preferences for the job you are working on. You can easily apply the settings to a single document, or all documents.

Once you determine the best settings for all documents, you can set the other preferences on a job-by-job basis. For example, when I start, the units for measuring are set to inches. This is good most of the time. If I am starting a job for the web, I can select pixels. Those settings will apply every time I access that file without affecting any other files. The ease of use and ability to customize is a major strength of Corel.

Property Bar with an ellipse selected

When an object is selected, such as the ellipse shown on the previous page, the Property Bar changes to the tools needed to manipulate the selected object; in this case, it is an ellipse. Notice the Standard toolbar above the Property Bar has not changed from the one on top except for inactive icons becoming active. You have the option of adding more icons, or deleting icons from the Property Bar, or any other toolbar for that matter.

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Steve Chittenden