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[tool-bahr] /ˈtulˌbɑr/
noun, Computers.
a row or rows of buttons on a display screen that are clicked on to select various functions in a software application or web browser. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for toolbar
  • Use the toolbar to change the wave height, or how tall waves are.
  • Use the toolbar to change the wavelength, or how far apart the waves are.
  • Look for the audience views toolbar to view a version of a page tailored for you.
  • You'll notice that there is no editing toolbar, meaning you can only edit in plain text.
  • PC users should use the eject button on the top toolbar of the application to remove the disk in use.
  • One type of advertising placement being tested is a banner on the toolbar that provides access to installed apps.
  • The additions, which include the toolbar and the search menu seem much more user friendly.
  • One way to solve that is to give users a toolbar to interrupt or stop the calculation.
  • One interesting application the patent highlights is video annotation and editing via a gesture-based toolbar.
  • Unfortunately, the locking feature is annoying to turn off, since you need to go into a menu on the toolbar to turn it off.
British Dictionary definitions for toolbar


a horizontal row or vertical column of selectable buttons displayed on a computer screen, allowing the user to select a variety of functions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for toolbar

a row or strip of clickable icons or buttons on a Web browser or other software application that activates frequently needed functions

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1989's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for toolbar

1960 as a frame fitted to a tractor to hold tools; from tool (n.) + bar (n.1). Computer sense is attested from 1991.

Among 100-odd new features in Excel 3.0 is a row of "buttons" on the screen called the Toolbar. Located under the pull-down menus, the Toolbar provides rapid access to frequently used commands. ["Popular Science," April 1991.]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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toolbar in Technology

operating system
A common graphical user interface component, consisting of a permanently visible row of button icons that, when clicked with the mouse, cause the program to perform some action such as printing the current document or changing the mode of operation.
The toolbar buttons often invoke functions accessible via menus but they are easier to use since they are permanently visible. A typical use would be in a paint program where the toolbar allows the users to select one of the various painting "tools" - brush, pencil, bucket etc.
Some application programs under some operating systems may allow the user to customise the functions accessible via toolbars; in others, the choice is fixed by the programmer.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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