The purpose of the action bar is to provide quick access to commonly used actions/commands. Commands on the action bar must be repeats of items on the Menu bar (or something in a dialog box that you get to from a menu item).
Views and documents (forms) can have an action bar if the designer thinks it is appropriate. Commands on the action bar must be repeats of items on the menu bar (or something in a dialog box that you get to from a menu item).
The general order of items on the action bar could be as follows, from left to right (see figure 1)
- <other actions
- A “More” button (if it is necessary to add miscellaneous items that do not all fit separately. We recommend that you put these miscellaneous items on the Actions menu in a consistent way so that users start to look there more often.)
- Sametime integration
Right-justify the following items on the action bar, if they are present:
Ideally, all action bar items should fit on the visible area of the action bar.
Figure 1: Recommended order of the action bar
Action bar in a component in a composite application
A composite application is made of several components. Each component can have a component action bar, or only certain components might have an action bar. Use the component action bar if the button clearly applies only to that component. For example, text-editing toolbar buttons are best located at the top rather than repeating them in every component that might use rich text editing.