Customising DAZ Studio Menus (Toolbars) Part 1 by Shyog1954

Customising DAZ Studio Toolbars (4.5 & 4.6) to Add Content

DAZ Studio allows you to do many things one of them is to add (or remove/edit) Toolbars giving you access to a one button click operation and also have them on screen at all times.

If you are like me, a very visual person you too will benefit from having Toolbars of your own design with your content (or anything you want for that matter as indicated by the Toolbar image at the bottom of the main screen image below).

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Customising the Toolbars is not difficult just a little convoluted if you don’t know how. Unfortunately there is a scarcity of information available. With the lack of a proper manual I had to find out the hard way by trial and error, as well as asking questions on the forums (most of the answers I received didn’t work either. Nor did I feel like trawling through hundreds of posts for few tit bits here and there). This is not something you will do everyday and is easily forgotten over time. So this is the very reason I am writing this tutorial. Even then I had to refresh my brain on how to do it before I could write this.

Anyway enough banter on with the show.

Step 1 

Locate the content you wish to place in a Toolbar from the Content Pane.

Right Click on the image icon and select “Create Custom Action”. I’m going to add my new purchase, Dawn.

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A dialog box will appear confirming that your Custom Action has been added to the Scripts Pull Down Menu (strange I know, but true). Click OK. You should now see Dawn in the Scripts menu (at the bottom). Note: When you first do this you may not have any other Custom Actions listed, don’t worry that’s normal.

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Step 2 

Now we have to open the Customise dialog so we may add our new Custom Action. Go to “Window” -> “Workspace” -> “Customize” or hit F3 on your keyboard.

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The “Customize DAZ Studio” dialog should appear.

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Click on the Plus sign next to Custom in the left hand pane to expand the tree. You should now see your Custom Action (with Icon). You may have to scroll down to see it.

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Step 3

Now we create a new Toolbar to host our new Custom Action, Dawn.

In the Right Hand pane select the Toolbars tab. Right click on any entry and select Add Toolbar from the context menu. Give your new Toolbar a name. In my case I will name the Toolbar Dawn.

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Up until now, pretty straightforward, right? Well, now comes the tricky part!

We’ve created our new Custom Action (CA), added a new Toolbar and we are ready to place the CA onto our Toolbar.

First of all we now have to activate the new Toolbar so we may populate it (add our stuff).

So, down the bottom right hand corner click on “Apply” wait a few seconds, then click on “Accept”. This will of course close our Customization box. No matter just open it up again (as I showed you previously).

Now we can get busy.

Step 4

With the Customization Dialogue open we now have to “Enable” our new Toolbar so it appears on the DAZ Interface (GUI).

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By default new Toolbars are “Disabled”. No problem. Just select the Activities tab, expand the tree (click on the plus sign, there will be two, Advanced then Toolbars). Select your new Toolbar, Right Click and select “Enable” from the context menu.

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Again we have to do the Apply, Accept dance. So, down the bottom right hand corner click on “Apply” wait a few seconds, then click on “Accept”. This will of course close our Customization box. No matter just open it up again (as I showed you previously).

Don’t be concerned if you screen flickers or goes a little fray at the edges that is normal and will return to its former glory after a few seconds.

Now it’s time to put our new Custom Action in our new Toolbar.

Step 5

Your are probably saying to yourself about now, “WTF, where is it, I can’t see my new Toolbar Icon anywhere!

Don’t panic. Rest assured…….and please trust me I’m almost a 3D Doctor…..LOL

Believe me it’s all there we just need to put the Custom Action on the Toolbar.

Almost done!

Open the Customize DAZ Dialogue once more. I know, I know. Told you it was convoluted, no?

What we have to do now is drag (Click Left Button, hold and drag) our Custom Action icon from the Left Hand pane to the new Toolbar on the Right Hand pane. Simple.

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You should see your new Custom Action “Dawn” is now in your new Dawn Toolbar.

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Do the Click Apply, Click Accept dance. Screen flicker, flicker!

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And, drumroll please……there you are!

There are many more things that you can do with the Customize DAZ utility. Explore, I command you [LOL].

Have fun. I know I did just writing this tutorial.

Happy DAZzing!! Be brilliant, and be happy.

Quote: “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.”