toolbar gone from virtualboxmanager GUI

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toolbar gone from virtualboxmanager GUI

Postby sieve1 » 31. Aug 2011, 16:05

Last night, I right-clicked on the toolbar at the top of the virtualbox manager window (the one that has icons/buttons for new, settings, start, details and snapshots). A box appeared that contained checkmarks next to "show toolbar" and "show statusbar". Somehow, I unchecked show toolbar and it disappeared. I couldn't find anything in he GUI menus to reenable the toolbar.

I tried
VBoxManage setextradata global GUI/Customizations
in a terminal window, but it had no effect.

I tried searching for a solution all over the place, but could not find one anywhere, which is odd.

Did I miss something? Hopefully someone can help.

Thanks!
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Re: toolbar gone from virtualboxmanager GUI

Postby Perryg » 31. Aug 2011, 16:35

Right click the main bar (where file - machine - help is) in the main manager. Turn on what you want.
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Re: toolbar gone from virtualboxmanager GUI

Postby sieve1 » 1. Sep 2011, 01:56

Ahh. OK.

That doesn't work in the Unity desktop. All the program menus appear in the top panel and right clicking up there does not bring up the option to restore the toolbar.

I logged in using a Gnome desktop instead, started the program, right clicked on the menu bar, and it worked.

Thanks!
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Re: toolbar gone from virtualboxmanager GUI

Postby Perryg » 1. Sep 2011, 02:55

Ah yet another reason I am not going to use Unutty. :-)
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Re: toolbar gone from virtualboxmanager GUI

Postby aalmroth » 5. Sep 2011, 07:15

A dirty workaround if using Ubuntu is to shut down all VirtualBox, and then edit the ~/.VirtualBox/VirtualBox.xml file...
Find the line:
<ExtraDataItem name="GUI/Toolbar" value="false"/>

and change the value to true.

If any process were still running when edited the file, the changes will most likely be gone once the processes update the file...

/A
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Re: toolbar gone from virtualboxmanager GUI

Postby sieve1 » 6. Sep 2011, 15:34

Thanks! I'll give that a try the next time it happens, assuming that it will.
I assumed that there was a way to do it in code, but I didn't know how.
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Re: toolbar gone from virtualboxmanager GUI

Postby brewmanz » 5. Mar 2014, 03:07

Top-Menu-Bar-right-click also fails for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - bad.
Editing of xml did fix it - good.
Are there any plans to add an option to Preferences to reinstate Tool Bar?
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Re: toolbar gone from virtualboxmanager GUI

Postby jsaintro » 10. Mar 2014, 19:03

If you haven't hidden the bottom status bar you can right click there and show the toolbar. This also works in the opposite case. I've you've managed to hide both bars then aalmroth's suggestion of editing the xml works.

On ubuntu 13.10 running VirtuaBox 4.3.6 the XML config is located in: ~/.config/VirtualBox/VirtualBox.xml
To fix do:
<ExtraDataItem name="GUI/Toolbar" value="true"/>
<ExtraDataItem name="GUI/Statusbar" value="true"/>

~JSR
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