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Many applications place a toolbar just under the menubar, which typically contains a number of buttons for common functions like open file, print, undo, etc.

In the following example, we use a Frame widget as the toolbar, and pack a number of ordinary buttons into it.

Example 8-2. Creating a simple toolbar

# File:

from Tkinter import *

root = Tk()

def callback():
    print "called the callback!"

# create a toolbar
toolbar = Frame(root)

b = Button(toolbar, text="new", width=6, command=callback)
b.pack(side=LEFT, padx=2, pady=2)

b = Button(toolbar, text="open", width=6, command=callback)
b.pack(side=LEFT, padx=2, pady=2)

toolbar.pack(side=TOP, fill=X)


The buttons are packed against the left side, and the toolbar itself is packed against the topmost side, with the fill option set to X. As a result, the widget is resized if necssary, to cover the full with of the parent widget.

Also note that I've used text labels rather than icons, to keep things simple. To display an icon, you can use the PhotoImage constructor to load a small image from disk, and use the image option to display it.

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