Let's Explore v4, Silhouette

Let’s Explore v4 – Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)

QAT – Quick Access Tool bar

The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) is quick way to access many of the panels on the right side of the Silhouette software.

QAT copy

I am more comfortable using the panels on the right because I like the expanded window and am just not in the habit of using the quick icons at the top. This is probably because I started in the software before the QAT was around and old habits are hard to change.
But, I am getting better at it.

This is a fluid tool bar that will change depending on what you have selected on the design mat. You will notice that the icons will be the same as the panels on the right side.

With objects selected on the design screen these are the icons you might see in the QAT bar.

Look at all the information in the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT).
All of this information can also be found on the right side in the Panels, but these are quick buttons to access it as well. There are multiple ways to do things in the software, no one way is right or wrong, but the best way is what works for you.

This fluid tool bar, changes depending on what is selected. If you have text selected on the design screen, then you will see text options in the tool bar.

QAT Text copy

If a design is selected you will see the most commonly used options for an object in the QAT.

Let’s look at the Alignment options as an example.

The alignment tools can be found under the Transform Panel – Tab 1 on the right side.

Or the same icon can be found in the top QAT when an object is selected.

Note: the spacing options may not show in the QAT on older software versions. It was later added into the QAT options.

If no object is selected, the toolbar will not show.

The other thing to mention here, is what you see or what you might see on someone else’s screen may be expanded or condensed.
This depends on the screen size of the user’s computer.

On a smaller screen the options will be condensed and you will have little gray corners on the icons that will expand when you move the cursor over the icon.

On a larger screen the options for the icons can expand more across the top of the software and not have as many fly-out menus.

Either way the options are all still there just depends on what you have on the screen selected.

I am finding that I use the QAT more and more, just a matter of getting used to clicking on the little button in the top menu vs opening the panel on the right side. There is no right or wrong way to use those tools.

Which do you use most often?

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19 thoughts on “Let’s Explore v4 – Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)”

  1. Wow, thank you. Since I upgrade to V4 I have had a lot of issues and haven’t had the patience or time to work with it. Seems as I get older my patience gets smaller. Thank you again for this!


  2. Hello! I am using Silhouette Studio – Business edition. Is there a way to re-arrange the tool bar on the top?


    1. No, it is a fluid tool bar that shows the most common tools used for whatever object is selected on the file.
      An object shows different options than text as the tools are different. But there is no way to customize this.
      As an instructor, teacher, and blogger – this is a good thing. Otherwise, it would be extremely difficult to teach users how to use the software if everyone can move things around.


      1. Thank you for your reply. Makes sense to keep the toolbar the same for teaching purposes. I’m frustrated when on my laptop I can only see the (+) zoom and not the (-) zoom out. I can see them on my desk top screen and use them all the time. Do you have a recommendation on how to zoom in/out another way? Thanks!


      2. That is due to the screen size on each computer and smaller screens will consolidate things.
        You can use the keyboard shortcuts – Ctrl and – key will zoom out. Or just press the Fit to Window option too if you want to zoom all the way out for the full page.


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