The Windows Forms ToolBar control is used on forms as a control bar that displays a row of bitmapped buttons and drop-down menus that activate commands. Thus, clicking a toolbar button can be equivalent to choosing a menu command. Indeed, a toolbar button often duplicates the functionality of a menu item. "Ask the Expert" following this section discusses why toolbar buttons are used to duplicate the functionality of a menu item.

Adding the Toolbar and Buttons

You create a toolbar by dragging a ToolBar control from the Toolbox onto the form. However, unlike the MainMenu and ContextMenu components, the ToolBar control does not appear in the component tray. Instead, it appears as a large gray area under the menu.

The next step is to add buttons to the toolbar. You can add buttons to the toolbar at both design time and runtime.

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