Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

A toolbox may refer to any of the following:

1. A toolbox is a window or pane that contains icons and buttons that are tools in the program. The tools are for quick access to common operations. A toolbox may float freely or be docked in the main window of the program. For example, Microsoft Paint contains a toolbox including the pencil, eraser, and others.


Many programs that have a toolbox allow the users to display or hide it through the View drop-down menu at the top of the window.

2. When referring to an IDE (integrated development environment), ToolboX is a tool that helps introduce new students to computer programming.

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