V6 PcbNew Menu bar icons

V6 PcbNew menu bar icons are extending the width of the window required - especially when adding plugins - as they are not moveable or even scrollable. Is there a way to rearrange them I’m missing?

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Operation System please?

Go to Help/ About Kicad/ top LH corner… copy & paste “copy version info” details into forum

Application: KiCad PCB Editor (64-bit)

Version: (6.0.0), release build

wxWidgets 3.1.5
libcurl/7.78.0-DEV Schannel zlib/1.2.11

Platform: Windows 10 (build 19042), 64-bit edition, 64 bit, Little endian, wxMSW

Build Info:
Date: Dec 24 2021 19:17:02
wxWidgets: 3.1.5 (wchar_t,wx containers)
Boost: 1.76.0
OCC: 7.5.0
Curl: 7.78.0-DEV
ngspice: 35
Compiler: Visual C++ 1929 without C++ ABI

Build settings:

There have been plans for more customizable user interface (toolbars). But at the moment they are fixed and we have to live with it.

In v6 you can use Preferences → Common → User Interface to scale icons smaller. It may help a bit but isn’t ideal.

Ok, just a bit surprising seeing as there are dividers but not draggable. Would have thought would be included in a standard library.
Making them smaller makes them difficult to distinguish.

It’s not surprising knowing that the history of KiCad comes from 90’s. Maybe the UI library didn’t even have that possibility back then, the wxWidgets library has evolved since then. This is not modern usable style, of course, and the developers have recognized it. A bigger change would be a multiple document interface, and that has been planned, too.

I checked the wxWidgets library and says dockable bars only available for GTK not windows :slightly_frowning_face:

If you don’t want some of the plugins to create toolbar icons you can turn off their icons. It’s under Preferences → Preferences… → PCB Editor → Action Plugins. Just uncheck the checkbox of the plugins you don’t want on the toolbar. You can still use the plugin by accessing it from the menu. Tools → External Plugins.

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It would use “AUI”.

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