Row of boxes, often at the top of an application window that control various functions of the software. The boxes often contain images that correspond with the function they control as seen in the picture below.

Toolbar on a window

A toolbar often provides quick access to functions that are commonly performed within the program. For example, a formatting toolbar in a program such as Microsoft Excel, FrontPage, or Word would give the user access to functions such as making text bold, or aligning the text, or other commonly used formatting buttons. In a browser toolbars often add additional functionality to the browser that may not come pre-installed. For example, in the above picture this browser has the Google Toolbar installed, which gives quick access to handy Google features.

  • In most Microsoft Windows programs the toolbars can be adjusted, hidden, or displayed by clicking on View at the top of the window and clicking Toolbars.
  • My web browser has been hijacked.

Also see: Floating toolbar, Operating system terms, Title bar, Window