Rhino opens with the default toolbar layout open. The default toolbar displays only three of the many Rhino toolbars. Most of the unopened toolbars are linked as child buttons to these three toolbars.

Open a linked toolbar

Tear off a linked toolbar

Float a toolbar

  1. Drag the toolbar handle.

  2. Release the mouse button to place the toolbar.

  3. The title bar will appear on the toolbar.

Move a floating toolbar

Reshape a floating toolbar

Dock a toolbar

  1. Drag the title bar to the edge of the Rhino graphics area.

  2. Release the mouse button to dock the toolbar.

  3. The toolbar reshapes, loses its title bar, and docks.

Note: To prevent a toolbar from docking when you drag it near viewport edges, press and hold the Ctrl key while you drag the toolbar.

Open a toolbar

  1. In the Toolbars dialog box, under Toolbar collection files, select the toolbar collection name.

  2. Under Toolbars, select a checkbox.

  3. Or right-click in a blank space in the toolbar docking area or a toolbar handle and in the toolbar list, select a checkbox.

Close a toolbar

Lock the toolbar locations


Opens the Toolbars dialog box and manages the toolbars and toolbar buttons.

The Toolbars dialog box shows the contents of the toolbar layout. The toolbar layout holds the toolbars, the buttons in them, and the screen position of each toolbar. It also determines whether the toolbar is hidden or showing.


File menu


Creates a new toolbar collection file.


Opens an existing toolbar collection file.

Rhino Default Toolbar Collections

Rhino ships with two toolbar collections.

Note: toolbar collection files are located in Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\McNeel\.... You may need to display hidden files and folders to find this file.


Uses 24 x 24 pixel buttons.


Uses 32 x 32 pixel buttons.


Closes the selected toolbar collection.

Close All

Closes all toolbar collections.


Saves the selected toolbar collection.

Save As

Saves the selected toolbar collection as a different file.

Save All

Saves all toolbar collections.

Properties (Collection)

Opens the toolbar collection Appearance dialog box.




Number of toolbars

Number of buttons


Toolbar menu


Create new toolbar.


Import a toolbar from another collection.


Deletes the selected toolbar.

Add Button

Add a button to the selected toolbar.


Opens the Toolbar Properties dialog box.

Toolbar Properties


Names or renames a toolbar.

Button size in pixels

Sets the button size for the entire toolbar.

Note: The toolbar button size is set in the toolbar definition. If you link a different sized toolbar button into a toolbar, the bitmap icon will distort.


The name of the collection containing the selected toolbar.

Toolbar collection files

Lists the active toolbar collections.


Lists the toolbars in the selected toolbar collection file.


Tools > Edit Toolbar Layout

Tools > Toolbar Layout

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Toolbar Buttons

Move a button

  1. Move the cursor over the toolbar button.

  2. Press and hold the Shift key.

  3. Click the left mouse button and drag the toolbar button to a different toolbar or to a different position in the same toolbar.

Copy a button

  1. Move the cursor over the toolbar button.

  2. Press and hold the Ctrl key.

  3. Click left mouse button and drag the button to another location in the same toolbar or to a different toolbar.

Delete a button

  1. Move the cursor over the toolbar button.

  2. Press and hold the Shift key.

  3. Click the left mouse button, drag the toolbar button outside the toolbars and drop.

Create a link

  1. Open the parent toolbar that will contain the link button.

  2. Open the child toolbar that will be linked to it.

  3. Press and hold the Ctrl key.

  4. With the right mouse button down, drag a button from the child toolbar to the parent toolbar.

  5. A copy of the button appears in the parent toolbar with the white triangle link symbol in its corner.

Unlink a toolbar

  1. Move the cursor over the linked button.

  2. Press and hold the Shift key.

  3. Click the left mouse button to open the Edit Toolbar Button dialog box.

  4. Click the Unlink button.

Toolbar Button Options

Create a new button

  1. In the Toolbars dialog box, right-click the toolbar name in the list, and click Add Button.

  2. Or right-click the toolbar's title bar, and click Add Button.

Edit a button

  1. Move the cursor over the toolbar button.

  2. Press and hold the Shift key.

  3. Click the right mouse button.

Edit Toolbar Button Options


Click to edit the button image.

Edit Bitmap Button

Click to edit the button image.

Linked toolbar


The name of the child toolbar.

Float to top

Makes the last used button in the child toolbar to appear as the link button in the parent toolbar. This is useful if you want to change the toolbar button that appears in the parent toolbar as the link button or if you want the last button you used to appear as the link button.

If you normally use one button in a linked toolbar and rarely use the others, you probably want the one you use most to always appear on the link button. In this case, clear Float to Top.


Unlinks the child toolbar



The text that appears in the tooltip for the button.

Note: The mouse icon appears automatically if there is text in either box.

Button text

Creates text to display on the button.

Show bitmap only

Displays the image only.

Show text only

Displays the text only.

Show bitmap and text

Displays both the image and the text.

Left/Right mouse button command

The command macro for the left and right mouse buttons.

See Rhino Scripting.

Edit toolbar button bitmap icons

You can clear the image, draw with the paint tools, capture a portion of the screen, or import a bitmap created with a paint program.

File menu

Import Bitmap

Import an image from a file.

Export Bitmap

Export the current image to a file.

Edit menu


Undoes the last action.


Copies the image to the Clipboard.


Pastes an image from the Clipboard.


The button image fills with the default background color.


Copies a rectangle from the screen.

  1. Move the cursor square over a portion of the screen.

  2. Click the left mouse button.


Shifts the image in the drawing area.

Note: You can also use the keyboard arrow keys to shift the image.

View menu

Zoom In

Zoom Out

Bitmap Drawing Tools


Displays the button in actual size.

Current colors (1)

Current left and right mouse button colors.

Color palette (2)

Standard 16-color palette.

Custom Colors (3)

Double-click to display color dialog.

Alpha Channel (4)

Set the transparency level for the color.



Drawing area

Enlarged view of your bitmap. Use this area to edit your bitmap.

Drawing tools


Draws a straight line.


Fills a single-color area with the selected color.

Pencil tool

Edits the bitmap in the drawing area pixel by pixel.

Color dropper

Click in the drawing area to select a color from the image.



Shows a specified toolbar.




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