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Standard Toolbar Docking on Map Side of Table of Contents

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  • In previous versions of ArcGIS, we had the ability to vertically dock  toolbars to the map side of the table of contents.  This appears to not be available in the newest version of 10.  I (and I am sure others) prefer to have that toolbar toward the map window, because that is the area I work in with that toolbar. 
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    Posted by   stephen.savage  to ArcGIS Desktop Oct 28, 2010

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Dec 5, 2014
ESRI has done this on a regular basis over the years, taken away functionality for no good reason. I used to love working in layout view with vertically docked Drawing toolbar to the right of the TOC and some other layout related bars as well. Nope, no good reason, can't vertically dock toolbars now. ESRI you suck sometimes, sorry...

Apr 26, 2012
Definitely; I vote YES for this! On my small screen Thinkpad I usually put toolbars vertically to try keeping the display area balanced in height and width. That optimizes the display area and increases keep visual balance.  YES bring it back.

Mar 21, 2012
I just saw mrcoaster's work around.  Basically have the TOC float to the left of the entire arcmap app and dock your toolbar.  I have dual monitor so I actually put my TOC on the opposite screen.

Mar 21, 2012
I had it working in 10 on XP, but just switched to Windows 7 and it doesn't work.  Really I can't get any of my toolbars to stay were I want them.  I've stop fixing it each time I open ArcMap and have accepted my punishment.

Feb 15, 2012
I found a work around! Size the ArcMAP window so there's enough room on the left for the TOC. Then undock the TOC and move it to that location. Next, take a toolbar and dock it to the left hand side of the arcmap window.

I hope this helps someone. I have used these for forums for years, but this is my first chance to give a little something back.

Here's a screenshot of what it looks like:
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Feb 15, 2012
This "downgrade" has absolutely killed our productivity. What were they thinking? I resisted v10 for over a year for this very reason. In fact, we keep a machine running 9.3.1 as a work around.  

Dec 21, 2011
PLEASE bring back vertical docking.  Too much time and eye strain wasted on sorting through multiple horizontal toolbars!

Nov 10, 2011
Great googlywooglys!  I thought I had broken something in Arc.  Now I know it's an "improvement".  An improvement which annoys me to no end.

Nov 10, 2011
It is very unfortunate that the vertical toolbar has gone. Having the ability to dock the most frequently used tools right next to where you work is extremely useful.

Oct 11, 2011
I cannot say this enough.....PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring vertical toolbars back! I've had 2 toolbars between the TOC and the map for the last 5 years and the layout toolbar on the right side of the map/screen.  It is so much simpler, less cluttered, and less confusing than stacking them along the top (and having to search thru multiple toolbars to find something) or having them float and get in the way!  

Aug 24, 2011
Adding to the consensus to bring back docking of toolbars between TOC and map. With this [seemingly] small change you have totally disoriented my day.  I have had my 'Tools' toolbar docked there for probably close to a decade, a decade ESRI!

Put the code back in and issue a patch...or new service pack....or whatever.....just fix it, please.

Aug 9, 2011
It's fine to have the additional functionality, but please, please bring the vertically docked toolbar between the TOC and map back!! For some of us with repetivtive motion injuries, having the toolbar really close to where my hand already is, is a big plus.

Aug 8, 2011
Agreed. Please bring it back!

Jul 7, 2011
I like the new docking of windows.  Auto-hide, stacking, visual cues to show where you are docking too, way better than the randomness-fest of docking before.  You would move a window hoping it would dock to right thing and it would do something completely different.  Old docking was the pits.
So here is a better idea, make the toolbars dockable windows, that way you could dock them to the map or another dockable window  or stack it with tabs and it could have auto-hide too.

Jul 7, 2011
With the TOC on autohide, which is a great enhancement I must add, the tools toolbar has the affect of being on the map side.  You could always put the Tools toolbar on the other side of the screen as well or move the TOC to the other side.  All sorts of options, dont be so close minded. 

Jul 6, 2011
Makes sense to have it close to the map view.

Jul 6, 2011

Return it, Please!

Jul 5, 2011
Please, docking, now!!!

Jul 1, 2011
Return it, Please!

Jul 1, 2011
... yup, another example of ESRI dev's thinking they know how we use their software better then we do... chalk this one up there with the docked tables... Don't fix what ain't broken... or at least make it an alternative without eliminating things we can already do the way we like!

Jul 1, 2011
It would be nice to have this functionality back.

Jul 1, 2011
Excellent idea!

I really liked the vertical toolbar.  It lets me visually see the most usable tools quickly without looking through the many buttons on the top.

Jun 30, 2011
Great suggestion, I think that should be an option for all toolbars. When you dock toolbars to the left, they should automatically dock on the map side of the TOC.

Jun 30, 2011
Yes, yes, yes!

Jun 30, 2011
This is probably one of those things that isn't very hard to do and makes a big difference to users.  Bring the docking back, please.

Jun 30, 2011
I definitely miss this feature and would like to see it returned.

Jun 30, 2011
Yes please let me dock on the side!

Jun 6, 2011
Please put it back makes life much easier

Apr 6, 2011
Definitely bring it back. Reduce carpel tunnel syndrome!

Jan 6, 2011
Yes please, bring it back, I've been using it that way for years.  I was bummed that option is no longer available.

Jan 4, 2011
Ditto....BRING IT BACK BABY! Why would you even take this option out?

Jan 3, 2011

For most of us docking toolbars vertically to the map side of the TOC is a time saver. The tools are closer to the map document and provides a buffer between the TOC and the map document.

Dec 22, 2010
BRING IT BACK BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 18, 2010
Yes, please restore this function of toolbars. 

Nov 1, 2010
Huge Up vote! x5!!



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