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Toolbars Troubleshooting

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I am having problems with Toolbars and wondering how to fix it?” - Hanna M., USA

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer:

Overview of Toolbars

Toolbars exist in many computer operating systems, software applications, browsers, and online sites. These toolbars are usually graphical menus and contain buttons that users press to access other menus or to perform certain tasks.

Many software programs provide multiple toolbars that group together related functions. In most word processing programs, for instance, one toolbar provides access to the File, Edit, and other menus, while other toolbars allow users to press a button to set lettering in bold, or italic, and to set the justification of the text.

Many software applications, particularly ones that deal with graphics, offer stackable or movable toolbars that allow the user to set up their work area in a way that makes sense to them. Many Internet browsers also offer users the option to decide how their toolbars should be stacked, and some even offer side toolbars for users who prefer that.

Toolbars give users easy and graphical access to the main or most popular menus or items in various applications and make it simple to perform tasks with the click of a button.

What Problems are Associated with Toolbars?

Some toolbars are so graphics heavy that they slow down programs. This problem can sometimes be overcome by turning off unnecessary toolbars if that option is provided.

Other toolbars are not nearly as intuitive as they should be, and can leave users confused at first. Picture icons, which may have made sense from the designer’s perspective, seem to have no relation to what task they perform when the casual user looks at them.

Another problem arises when a software designer updates the toolbars and changes things to the point where they are no longer familiar even to expert users of the software. This may annoy users and, even more importantly, may cause them to make mistakes when they reach for a familiar button and find that it is something entirely different.

Toolbars make great aids and can simplify tasks within a software program, in a computer operating system, or on a web site, but sometimes too much dependence on them can be a mistake.

Users who are only used to using toolbars, for instance, may not know how to perform various tasks without them. This is a dangerous reliance as toolbars can become accidentally hidden due to user input or software glitches, creating a great source of user frustration.

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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