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Using the Toolbar

The toolbar (see Figure 6) is found at the top of every catalog window. Once you're familiar with the functions of the toolbar icons, you may find that clicking them is much faster than searching for the equivalent menu commands or memorizing keyboard shortcuts.

Figure 6

Figure 6 You can click toolbar icons to issue common commands.

The following table lists the tools on the toolbar in order, left to right. (The letters match those in Figure 6.)




Open With


Show Media File


Trash Selection


Send E-mail


Voice Annotation


Assign Label


Rate Media


View Options




Play Media


View in Light Table


Slide Show


Image Editor





The toolbar icons are grouped by function into five sections divided by small vertical bars. Roughly, the sections can be classified as follows, left to right:

  • File handling. Icons in this group allow you to open a selected file for viewing and editing in a specific application, open the folder in which the file is stored, delete the file, send it as an email attachment, or record or listen to a voice annotation.
  • Annotations. Click these icons to assign a label or star rating to the selected file(s).
  • Global options. Click these icons to change View options, set a new sort order, or play a selected audio or video file.
  • View/edit/print. Icons in this group enable you to view selected images in the Light Table, present them as a slide show, apply filters to them in the Image Editor, or print them.
  • Help. Click this icon to open Expression Media 2 Help.

You can hide or show a catalog's toolbar by choosing Window > Hide Toolbar or Window > Show Toolbar (Ctrl-T/Command-T).

Mac users can also hide or show the toolbar by clicking the elongated, clear button in the upper-right corner of the catalog window.

If you hover the mouse pointer over a toolbar icon, a pop-up Tool Tip shows the icon's name or function (see Figure 7).

Figure 7

Figure 7 If you aren't sure what a toolbar icon does, hover your mouse pointer over the icon.

Steve Schwartz has a Ph.D. in psychology and lives in the fictional town of Lizard Spit, AZ, where he's attended by Spooky (his faithful dog), Sydney (his African Gray attack parrot), and the irradiating glow of a roomful of computers. To learn more about Steve and his many Peachpit Press books, visit his website, Silicon Wasteland..

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