Custom ToolBar in ProjectWise

There is a way to create a new toolbar and to add your most used buttons. You have the ability to arrange these buttons as you wish as well as to change the icon to your preference. Also, you have the option to turn off all the default toolbars and create one with a reduced number of buttons. Personally, I prefer to have some extra buttons rather than pressing the right mouse button and to search for them.

To create a new toolbar press Tools -> Customize, select Toolbars tab and press New. Give your toolbar a name.

Once you have created it, it should be shown on your screen without any buttons somewhere in the center. Mark "Show text labels" if you wish (I did). Next, place this empty toolbar wherever you like and now you will need to decide on the particular buttons you want to place inside your newly created toolbar.

I selected: New, View, Refresh, Previous State, State, Next State, New Version, Properties, Referenced By, Show References and Local Document Organizer. Then, arranged them into groups, in order to do this, you need to mark a button and press the right mouse button -> Start Group. The image below shows the result:

In addition, the Local Document Organizer has three words in its name, which gave me too tall of a toolbar so I deleted the first word. To do this, simply press the right mouse button on Local Document Organizer -> Button Appearance and under this setting you can delete the first word, change the whole name of a button or even leave only text buttons.

I have backed up the toolbar for later use by exporting the registry key. (Probably this registry key can be pushed by the IT guys via SMS to all users).

To perform this task, you will need to launch regedit (Start->Run...->regedit). Then, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Bentley\ProjectWise Explorer\08.11\Settings.en\ here you can see multiple entries, but we are looking only at the BCGToolbar-<...>. Remember the name you gave when created your toolbar, since that will be what you will be searching for. Also, there should be a string value with your toolbar name in it. When you have found the correct BCGToolbar entry (in my case it is BCGToolBar-59432) just export it for later use by clicking the right mouse button -> Export.