You can access all commonly used commands from the following toolbars for use in structured or unstructured documents. You can display a toolbar from the View > Toolbars menu.

Graphics Toolbar

Provides shortcuts for graphics creation and edits.

Quick Access Bar

Provides commands for opening and saving documents, editing text, graphics, and tables.

Text Formatting

Provides text formatting commands, such as font styles.

Table Formatting

Provides table editing commands, such as add rows, columns, merge cells, and text alignment options for table cells.

Paragraph Formatting

Provides commands for formatting paragraphs, such as tab stops, text alignment, spacing, as well as the paragraph tag list.

Object Alignment

Provides commands to change sequence, alignment, and orientation of objects.

Object Properties

Provides commands to group objects, change layer order, reshape, scale, and snap objects.

Track Text Edits

Provides commands for tracking, accepting, and rejecting text edits.

Quick Element

Provides commands inserting and wrapping common structured document elements.

You also have keyboard shortcuts for all commands accessible through the toolbars and menus. For a list of all the keyboard shortcuts see Keyboard shortcuts.

Toolbar icons

FrameMaker gives you a choice of sizes and colors for the icons.

Using preferences, you can set up to use any of the following icons for FrameMaker interface:

Large colored icons



Large grayscale icons



Regular colored icons



Regular grayscale icons



note:    Large icons’ size is 26x26pixels and regular icons’ size is 18x18pixels.

The regular grayscale icons in FrameMaker 12 are also of better resolution than the earlier FrameMaker versions.

FrameMaker 12 icons have better resolution than earlier versions of FrameMaker


See the video: Toolbar Icons.

Set icon preferences

Set your icon preferences to choose colored or greyscale and large or small.

1)Select Edit > Preferences.

2)In the Preferences dialog, select Interface and choose the preferences for icons.

3)Restart FrameMaker for the icon preferences to take effect.

Customize icons

You can also add your own custom icons in FrameMaker.

1)Locate the toolbar.xml file relevant to your view and mode and open it.

2)Create and place all the icon files in AppData\Roaming\Adobe\FrameMaker\13\.

3)Locate the Action element relevant to the icon you want to customize. The Action element code looks like the following:

<ACTION command="CenterPara">
<images base="P_TextAlignCenter_Md"/>

4)Add the base name of the icon in the base attribute of images element.

5)Create at least 2 icon images for normal and rollover state of the icon.

For example if the icon name is xyz the image names will be xyz_C_S.png and xyz_R_C_S.png. (Here, C= color, S=regular, and R=rollover.) If, however, your icon preferences are set to have large or greyscale icons instead of regular and color, you will use M and L in the icon names.

You can have 8 image files for the following possible combinations of preferences with the base name as xyz:


Icon names





Large (L)

Colored (C)



Grayscale (M)



Regular (S)

Colored (C)



Grayscale (M)



6)You can further add more icon files for icon states, such as dark_normal and dark_rollover by specifying attributes with data in the relevant element. For example:

<ACTION command="CenterPara">
<images base="P_TextAlignCenter_Md"
dark_normal=”<icon_name>.png” <!-- for regular sized icons-->
dark_normal_l=”<icon_name>.png”<!-- “_l” suffix for large sized icons-->

September 30, 2016

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