I have two ideas about the toolbar tabs. As many users reported in the past, the toolbar tabs are quite useful, because they allow a quick access to the majority of icons, but they also have one drawback which is hiding some of the most important icons, such as Save, Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Paste, several viewport navigation icons, Show/Hide, Select and a few others located in the “Standard” tab. Once another tab is selected, they hide the aforementioned main icons that are used quite often. Constantly switching between tabs is slow and takes extra mouse clicks and mouse travel each time.
So, here are my propositions how this could be enhanced to be more user-friendly:
- Use a key combination (Shift+Esc, maybe?) to switch back to the “Standard” toolbar tab. That would be a very quick and convenient way to show the main icons, especially for those who use a 3d mouse or a regular mouse with multiple customizable buttons (example: I have a mouse scroll wheel with a side tilt function with two customizable buttons that are super convenient to assign some Rhino commands there). It will completely eliminate the need to move the mouse pointer to the upper left corner of the screen. I don’t want to sound lazy , but when you do these actions hundreds of times per day, they get repetitive and add up to the tiredness of the right hand.
An alternative to this could be a right-click or middle-click on any toolbar tab to show it temporarily, then a click on any of its icons will return to the previously shown toolbar tab in the same group (preferably the “Standard” tab).
- Add an option in the “Toolbar Properties” called “Return to” or “Switch to” that will allow the user to choose which tab will be the parent one in the toolbar group to show after using a single command from another tab in the same group of tabs. If “None” is selected, then the secondary tab will remain even if multiple of is commands are being used. The advantage of this approach is that it allows to set different parent tabs to each secondary tab. For example, clicking on one icon in the “New in V7” tab could activate switching to the “Standard” tab afterwards, whereas clicking on one icon in the “Curve tools” toolbar could activate switching to the “Surface tools” instead.