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May 18th, 2007

S&TT - Recovering my toolbar(s)

Yeah, I know...it's Friday, yesterday got away from me, but I did want to get this posted before it falls off or gets thrown out with other notes I jot down on my spiral notebook next to my laptop.

I was upgrading my multiple installs of 6.5.x to 7.0.2 (yeah I know, "you're just doing that now?"), yeah, I'm just doing that now, deal... and I come into my new clients for the first time, and DOHT!?!  I get the plain old default toolbars without the miriad of extra tools I've added to them for the last couple of years.

Man, I didn't take any screenshots or notes or copies of code or anything to remind me what I had, and what I wanted to keep and such...what can I do?

I did a quick search on LDD and found an entry alluding to the fact that the toolbars are stored as an outline in your bookmarks.nsf file...hmm...didn't know that...

Fortunately I had made copies of key files in case I needed to get back to old settings, ini, cache, desktop and such, but hadn't known a copy of bookmarks.nsf would help me in this way...

I was able to find the right outline...UserToolbar,

and then from there, the entry that I wanted 'Universal (SmartIcon set)'.

From there, I just go to the same place in the new (default) bookmarks.nsf in the notes/data directory, dig into the UserToolbar Outline, and paste that sucker into the existing outline entry list, and away we go.

It did take a little bit of work in the normal toolbar editor to find some of the icons or use different ones for a few of the non-default items, but that was the easy part.  The hard part would have been figuring out what I actually had and where the code may possibly be to have them work.

So, always remember to save a copy of your bookmarks.nsf before upgrading!

What a productivity saver!  Hope this can help some people! 

Enjoy!

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