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In Bluebeam Revu 20, common functions and tools are available through toolbars that can be customized and moved around the workspace. Toolbars contain groups of related icons that launch specific tools when selected. These toolbars will display on the top and sides of the Revu interface, depending on the Profile you have activated.

Toolbars can be customized by switching which tools are grouped within them, moved around in the interface, and locked into place if needed. Any toolbar adjustments will be saved to the current Profile.

In this article, I will show how to use and adjust toolbars within Bluebeam Revu 20. I’ll go over how to show/hide toolbars, move toolbars around within the interface, customize the tools within the toolbar, and lock toolbars in place.

The following examples were taken using the 64x Bluebeam Revu 20 eXtreme edition, but all functions can be performed in all versions of Bluebeam Revu.

Showing & Hiding Toolbars

The toolbars that display in Revu will depend on the currently activated Profile. These toolbars can also be manually customized by showing/hiding which toolbars display. To show or hide a toolbar, right click on any toolbar. A list of all available toolbars will appear – checked toolbars will currently be showing in the interface and unchecked toolbars will currently be hidden. Select any toolbar from the list to either show it, if it’s currently hidden, or hide it, if it’s currently visible.

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Moving Toolbars

Toolbars can be placed along the top, left, and right of the Revu interface. Toolbars can be moved and rearranged within the workspace by selecting the dots at the end of a toolbar – click, hold and drag this handle to move the toolbar to a new location.

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Locking Toolbars

Toolbars can also be locked in place so that they are not able to be moved. When locking toolbars, you will need to lock all of the toolbars – individual toolbars cannot be locked on their own. To lock the toolbars in place, select Tools > Toolbars > Lock. Once locked, the vertical handles will disappear from the toolbars.

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Customizing Toolbars

Individual toolbars can also be customized by adding, removing, and rearranging the specific tools within them. To customize the toolbars, select Tools > Toolbars > Customize. This will open up the Customize Toolbars dialogue box.

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The Customize Toolbars dialogue box features four sections:

  • Categories: This dropdown menu features different categories of commands. This dropdown can be used to filter tools as you add specific tools to the toolbars. To view all of the available commands that can be added to a toolbar, select All from the top of the list.


  • Commands: This section lists all of the individual tools that can be added to toolbars, filtered by the category selected above.


  • Toolbar: This section lists all of the currently existing toolbars. Selecting a toolbar will show you all of the tools currently within the toolbar and add additional commands as desired. By default, toolbars that are showing in the interface will be checked. To show or hide a toolbar, select the checkbox accordingly.


  • Items: This is a list of tools/commands currently available in the selected Toolbar list.

To make adjustments to the tools within a toolbar, select a specific toolbar from the Toolbar list. The current tools within the toolbar will display in the Items list. There are several adjustments that can be made to any of the preloaded toolbars:

Creating a Custom Toolbar

You can create a brand new toolbar to add to the toolbars list by selecting the Add button next to the Toolbars section. You’ll be prompted to name your toolbar, and it will appear within the toolbars list.

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Deleting Toolbars

If you no longer need to access a specific toolbar, you can delete it from the toolbar list by selecting it and using the Delete icon.

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Renaming Toolbars

Any custom or default toolbar can be renamed by selecting the desired toolbar and using the Modify button. Enter in a new name, and the toolbar’s name will adjust accordingly within the Customize Toolbar window and the toolbars list.

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Adjusting the Tools

With a Toolbar selected, the tools within it can be adjusted. To add tools to a toolbar, select the desired tool from the Commands list and use the Add Command button. You can also choose to add a divider or a blank space to the toolbar as well, using the Separator or Blank Space buttons.

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Tools within the toolbar can also be rearranged, using the  Up and  Down Arrow keys, and deleted if needed using the  Delete icon.

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Lauren Hecker is a Bluebeam Certified Instructor and teaches Onsite Bluebeam Certified Courses, virtual Bluebeam Basics and Advanced courses, and custom onsite or virtual courses. To see her next open enrollment course, please visit our calendar. To schedule an onsite or custom course, please contact us!


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