Wasted Space in Default Toolbar Layout

On my laptop with 2.4.2 or 3.0.0 RC, the default Toolbar arrangement requires an extra line - the toolbars are not being arranged efficiently.

I cam manually rearrange the toolbars to regain the wasted space, but it would be nice if Audacity could do this automagically. :wink:

Display resolution is “1366 x 768 (Recommended)”.

This is the default toolbar layout on my laptop full-screen:

and this is the layout at the default window size:

Good luck finding a layout that is optimal for every screen size :wink:

It all depends how wide or narrow you make your Audacity Window.

Audacity tries to help by making best use of the available space and shuffling the toolbars around as you change the window size.

This is my default layout on W10 with RC02 3.0.0 alpha test build
default toolbar layout.png
Looks like a good use of space to me …


I’m jealous! :angry: :cry: :imp: :astonished: :open_mouth: :confused: :wink:

Nonetheless, there seems to be some issue, at least for me. I would like to make it a bug report or feature request. Thank you. :smiley:

It would be a “feature request” (an “enhancement” rather than a “bug”).

What exactly is your feature request? In what way (precisely) do you want the layout to be changed?

So probably a P5 bug.

Here is what my toolbars look like after Tools > Reset Configuration or View > Toolbars > Reset Toolbars:
This takes up less space, is obvious, and would be preferred:
Note four rows of tools vs. three. I would think three would generally be preferable. :smiley:

Is this really a problem? Once you arrange the toolbars the way you like, does Audacity not remember the layout?

There is possibly a “bug” here in that the Device toolbar does not automatically append to the end of the Play at Speed toolbar when there is room to do so. My guess is that this may be because the text within the Device toolbar is longer than the text boxes, and interferes with the “Fit()” calculations. Is that something that you could fix?

I have not yet looked at it - but yes - that is my intention if it is given a number - that makes it easier to track and to justify. :smiley:

Of course, there are other things I am looking at, and its probably just me but I hate to work on new projects while prior projects are waiting to be reviewed. :wink:

I’ll make you a deal :wink: have a look at it, and if you think you can fix it, I’ll log it as a “P5 Enh” and allocate it to you. Does that sound reasonable?

That will work. :smiley:

I have a thread archived here on the forum somewhere about enhancing the toolbars. Here’s what my entire window looks like (shrunk down to one third size):
here is something similar (not shrunk down but compressed by snipping out large vertical sections):
3 enhancements are visible: individual toolbar drag bars are a couple of pixels wider and painted with a green background; individual toolbars which have sizers have their sizers a couple of pixels wider and painted with a red background; sliders which are inactive (not enabled) have their thumb changed so it’s obvious. Here’s a better look details:
The code (Audacity 2.0.6-based) is probably still archived here on the forum but, if not, and anyone is interested, just ask.

Maybe I just need a bigger screen with more resolution. My Device toolbar takes up almost 2/3 of my screen. :slight_smile: Yours takes up about 1/3. :angry: :wink: