Last updated October 29, 2015. Created on December 1, 2009.
Edited by ashish_nirmohi, dougBelcher, brahmjeet789, arianek. Log in to edit this page.

The administrative toolbar gives you quick access to the most important administrative pages. The Toolbar module is enabled by default (unless you choose the "Minimal" profile when installing). The shortcut bar that is displayed below it



The following links are available, given that their respective module(s) are enabled.

  1. The home icon: Return to the home page.
  2. Dashboard: Go to the administration dashboard.
  3. Content: Find, manage, and create new pages; manage comments.
  4. Structure: Edit blocks, define new content types, configure menus, administer tags with taxonomy, and configure some contributed modules.
  5. Appearance: Switch between themes, install themes, and update existing themes.
  6. People: Manage existing users, or create new user accounts.
  7. Modules: Update, enable, disable, and install new modules.
  8. Configuration: Configure the settings for various functionality, including some contributed modules. You can edit user account settings, general site information, and settings for other general administrative tasks.
  9. Reports: Display information about site security, necessary updates, and information on site activity.
  10. Help: Display information about the functionality of all of the modules installed on the site, including core modules. Each help page has a link to the module's online documentation page on, where more information can be found.
  11. User-specific actions: Display the user account page or log out.

Shortcut bar

The grey bar below the Toolbar is a customizable list of shortcuts. Click "edit shortcuts" on the right side to add to the default shortcuts. Or click on the down arrow next to "Log out" to hide the short-cut bar.

You can customize different sets of shortcuts on the Shortcuts administration page (Administer > Configuration > User interface > Shortcuts or Each set of shortcuts is its own list of custom links, and each user can select which set they would like to see on their user profile.

The shortcut set that is selected can also be displayed as a block in any region, by adding the Shortcuts block to a region on the Blocks administration page (Administer > Structure > Blocks or

Roles and permissions

For the site administrator (User 1) and users with the "Use the administration toolbar" permission, the toolbar is displayed at the top of the page.


The Toolbar and Shortcuts bar can both be disabled by disabling their associated module via the Modules administration page (Administer > Modules or

If the toolbar is disabled, you can reach the administrative screens directly by going to Also, you can navigate to the Dashboard (which is at and linked to in the default "Management" block in the default Bartik theme) and then use the "By task" and "By module" tabs.

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cryptosmith’s picture

OK, I didn't realize this was a migration issue, but I had the same problem.

I would get the toolbar at the top of the page, but it only showed another 'home' icon, my user name, and a logout option.

I fixed it by going to the "Management" menu, listing its items, and systematically hitting "Reset" for the topmost item until I'd reset every one of them. I conclude that Reset goes through and reconfigures each menu to the expected structure under Drupal 7.

Apparently this can cause trouble if you've customized your Management menu, since Reset changes things back to the default.

Also, let me point out the imprudence of calling a feature the "Management Menu" in one place and the "Toolbar" elsewhere. There wasn't even an obvious way to tell that the new black thing at the top was considered the "Toolbar" as opposed to something else.

kaido24’s picture

then you can just add to your settings file.
$conf['shortcut_max_slots'] = 20; // this can be whatever number you need.

brookfield’s picture

D7 is populating the toolbar with menu children of Management>Administration. Your Administration menu must appear with 'Management' as the 'Parent link', and any items that you want to appear in the toolbar must be set with 'Administration' as the 'Parent link'.

You need to find the menu settings, which may be a little tricky because if you menus have been customized. When I tried following menu trails in other posts, the breadcrumbs were different. The setting for me are under 'Structure>Menus'. When you find it, you will have a table of menu items that can be edited or rearranged. Just edit the menus so that you have the structure 'Management>Administration>(whatever links you want to appear in toolbar).