The Toolbar is where all the tools in FontLab are housed. It is docked to the left edge of the screen in vertical orientation by default, but can be easily made horizontal if you prefer.
You can show and hide the Toolbar by checking/unchecking the Window > Toolbar menu item.
To undock the Toolbar just press the mouse button anywhere on the grey area outside the buttons and drag-drop it from the screen edge. If the Toolbar was docked vertically it will remain vertical. Similarly if it was docked horizontally, it will remain horizontal.
When the Toolbar is undocked, you can move or dock it — click and drag anywhere on the grey area outside the buttons. You can dock it to any screen or window edge. When you move it close enough to the place where it can be docked the blue stripe appears. That is the moment to release the mouse and dock the Toolbar. It will be available for every open window if you have several open. It will reconfigure itself as vertical or horizontal to match the screen (or window) edge it is docked to.
In Preferences > General, if the first icon — All fonts and glyphs open in tabs — is selected, the Toolbar can be docked to windows as well:
You can find the following buttons in the Toolbar:
|Contour tool (A) for selecting, moving and editing points|
|Element tool (V) for moving elements|
|Metrics tool (M) for editing metrics|
|Kerning tool (K) for editing kerning|
|Text tool (T) for text keyboard input|
|Eraser tool (Q) for removing non-extrema nodes or, with +Shift+, any nodes|
|Brush tool (B) for drawing brush strokes|
|Pencil tool (N) for creating and modifying contours freehand|
|Rapid tool (5) for very quick drawing of smooth curves|
|Pen tool (P) for drawing Bézier curves|
|Knife tool (J) for adding nodes and slicing outlines|
|Scissors tool (K) for disconnecting or opening contours|
|Magnet tool (U) for attaching points to guides|
|Fill tool (F) for filling or unwilling contours|
|Guides tool (G) for measuring and adding short guides|
|Matchmaker tool for semi-automatic masters matching and harmonization|
|TrueType Hinting tool (CmdShiftF7) for creating and modifying TrueType hints|
|Ellipse tool (O) for drawing ellipses and circles|
|Rectangle tool (I) for drawing rectangles and circles|
|Show All Nodes View > Show > Nodes|
|Show Coordinates View > Show > Coordinates|
|Show Curvature View > Show > Curvature|
|Show FontAudit View > Show > FontAudit|
|Show Grid View > Show > Grid|
|Show Glyph Guidelines View > Glyph Guides|
|Show Font Guidelines View > Font Guides|
|Show PostScript Hints View > Show > Hints|
See the Tools page for information on activating tools using the keyboard.
The toolbar is quite compact but if it does not fully fit on screen, it hides the the Matchmaker and TrueType hinting tools first, and then the View toggles.