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Mac tip: How to customize the buttons in program toolbars

Ever wish there were a Print button next to the Reply and Forward buttons in the Mac’s Mail app, or a pair of Zoom buttons on the top of every Safari browser window?

Well, here’s the thing: you can add, remove, and rearrange the buttons in the “toolbar” of several familiar Mac programs.

Not every Mac application has a toolbar of buttons that you can customize, but many of them do, including Safari, Mail, Firefox, and even garden-variety desktop folders.

Just click View, Customize Toolbar to rearrange the toolbar buttons in your various Mac apps.

For example, say you wanted to add a Print button to the Mail app’s toolbar. To do so, just…

You can also follow the same steps to add Zoom buttons in Safari, a Label button to the folder toolbar, and more.

And while you’re at it, you can drag unwanted buttons out of the toolbar, add more space between buttons, or even add or remove a Search box (assuming Search is an available option).

Bonus tip

Want to hide a toolbar? Just click View, then Hide Toolbar, or use the OPTION + COMMAND + T keyboard shortcut.

To bring the toolbar back, click View, Show Toolbar, or press OPTION + COMMAND + T again.

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