ToolBar Control Type
This topic provides information about Microsoft UI Automation support for the ToolBar control type. Toolbar controls enable end users to activate commands and tools contained within a application.
The following sections define the required UI Automation tree structure, properties, control patterns, and events for the ToolBar control type. The UI Automation requirements apply to all toolbar controls where the UI framework/platform integrates UI Automation support for control types and control patterns.
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Typical Tree Structure
The following table depicts a typical control and content view of the UI Automation tree that pertains to toolbar controls and describes what can be contained in each view. For more information about the UI Automation tree, see UI Automation Tree Overview.
A toolbar control can contain any type of control within its subtree. They most often contain buttons, combo boxes, and split buttons.
The following table lists the UI Automation properties whose value or definition is especially relevant to the ToolBar control type. For more information about UI Automation properties, see Retrieving Properties from UI Automation Elements.
|UI Automation Property
|The value of this property must be unique among all peer elements in the raw view of the UI Automation tree.
|The outermost rectangle that contains the whole control.
|Supported if there is a bounding rectangle. If not every point within the bounding rectangle is clickable, and the element performs specialized hit testing, override and provide a clickable point.
|This value is the same for all UI frameworks.
|The toolbar control is always included in the content view of the UI Automation tree.
|The toolbar control is always included in the control view of the UI Automation tree.
|If the control can receive keyboard focus, it must support this property.
|A toolbar control never has a label.
|Localized string corresponding to the ToolBar control type. The default value is "tool bar" for en-US or English (United States).
|The toolbar control does not need a name unless more than one is used within an application. If more than one is present, each must have a distinguishing name (for example, "Formatting" or "Outlining").
Required Control Patterns
The following table lists the UI Automation control patterns required to be supported by toolbar controls. For more information on control patterns, see UI Automation Control Patterns Overview.
|If the toolbar can be docked to different parts of the screen, it must support the Dock control pattern.
|If the toolbar can be expanded and collapsed to show more items, it must support the ExpandCollapse control pattern.
|If the toolbar can be resized, rotated, or moved, it must support the Transform control pattern.
The following table lists the UI Automation events that toolbar controls are required to support. For more information on events, see UI Automation Events Overview.
|UI Automation Event
|UIA_BoundingRectanglePropertyId property-changed event.
|UIA_ExpandCollapseExpandCollapseStatePropertyId property-changed event.
|If the control supports the ExpandCollapse control pattern, it must support this event.
|UIA_IsEnabledPropertyId property-changed event.
|If the control supports the IsEnabled property, it must support this event.
|UIA_IsOffscreenPropertyId property-changed event.
|If the control supports the IsOffscreen property, it must support this event.