Toolbars are one of the main ways of interacting with Opus - they let you perform operations on files and launch programs. Some important points to note about Opus toolbars are:

  • All toolbars and menus in Opus are configurable via the Customize function.
  • In Opus, toolbars and menus are the same thing.
  • Toolbar buttons can run internal commands, scripts and launch external programs, and can pass along the names of selected files and other information automatically.
  • Toolbar buttons can have associated hotkeys that let you launch the function from the keyboard rather than the mouse. From the Customize dialog you can elect to always enable a toolbar's hotkeys - even if the toolbar isn't current open, its hotkeys will still work.
  • Toolbars can either be displayed in the Lister, or can be floating on the desktop, or both. You can even float multiple copies of the same toolbar if desired.
  • Toolbar buttons can consist of a text label, a graphical image, or both.
  • Toolbars can be set to appear automatically when changing to a certain display mode, or visiting a certain folder.
  • Multiple toolbars can be saved to a Toolbar set which can then be reloaded later.
  • Specific Listers can be saved with their own toolbars using the Lister Layouts system.
  • The toolbars that a Lister displays by default are stored in what is known as the Default Toolbar Set - this is used whenever a Lister doesn't have its own set of toolbars defined in the Layout it came from. Use the Settings / Toolbars / Set As Default Toolbar Set command to update your default toolbar set if you want to change which toolbars are used by default.
  • Opus ships with five factory-default toolbars - you can edit them but you can't delete them. You can create as many other toolbars as you want.

You can turn toolbars on and off using the list in Customize, from the Settings / Toolbars menu, or by right-clicking an empty space on any toolbar to bring up its context menu.


The Default Toolbars
Dynamic Toolbars
Toolbar Sets