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Maximise Productivity with Custom Toolbars in Keynote

30th January 2023

Jacob Woolcock


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In this video, I will show you how to add custom menu options to the default toolbar in the Keynote app for iPad. Customising the default toolbar with your own choice of buttons can make the app more personalised and easy to use. I will walk you through the step-by-step process of selecting and adding custom buttons to the toolbar in Keynote – from selecting the icons you want to use, to organising them for easy access. I will also show you how to delete or change the default icons on the toolbar. By the end of this video, you will have a better understanding of how to customise the default toolbar in Keynote for iPad and make it more user-friendly. So, whether you’re a student, a professional, or just someone who wants to personalise their app, this video is for you.

iPad OS 16 brings us the ability to customise the toolbars in our apps, so for example in this app Keynote I can customise the buttons at the top of my screen to make my commonly used ones easily accessible.

Here I’ve got some pictures of some big cats and I want to remove the background from all of them.

Of course I can simply press the Format paintbrush and then Remove Background, but I can actually save a tap here by customising my toolbar.

So I’ll press the three dots in the top right hand corner and then go down to Customise Toolbar.

From here you can actually see there’s about 30 or so different icons that you can add to your toolbar.

Now, depending on the project you’re working on (or your workflow in general) some will be a lot more useful to you than others.

For me I’m going to drag a drop the Remove Background button from there onto my toolbar.

You can only put these in the middle section of your toolbar, on the right hand side.

If I move it to the left hand side it won’t let me drop it there, but on the right hand side I can let go and that’s added it to the toolbar.

For me I’ll do the same with the Move to Front and Move to Back buttons, and put them at the top too.

Then when I save that toolbar those buttons are there now for me at the top of that screen, and they’ll be there for any document I open in Keynote.

Of course I can simply tap on them to use them just like you would expect, and if I wanted to change them or get rid of them I can press the three dots and Customise Toolbar again.

From here I can drag and drop them off the toolbar and back into that tool palette, or I can press Reset to wipe the whole toolbar back to its normal state.

I hope you found this tip helpful and maybe you’ve learned something new?

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I’m making loads of iPad QuickTip videos to help you make the most of that very important device that you own, and I’d love you to be part of my journey with me.

I’ll see you in the next video.

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