The Drupal Toolbar

The Toolbar

Once you first visit your new Drupal Site straight after installation, you will see you are logged in as the user you created in the installation. In my case, i’m logged in as ‘sysadmin’. In the toolbar (which is only visible when logged in) you can see 3 Tabs: Manage, Shortcuts and Your Username. In the Manage Tab, which is open by default, you see a tray with several links including Content, Structure, Appearance, Extend, Configuration, People, Reports and Help. I will go into each of these a little later.



Next in the Toolbar, we have the Shortcuts Tab. The Tray in Shortcuts Tab, by default includes ‘Add Content’ and ‘All Content’. You can add anything into the Shortcuts Tab, I tend to add Clear Cache as this gets used quite a lot! On the far right, you can see ‘Edit Shortcuts’. This link takes you to a page where you can add, edit, remove and reorder shortcuts.

Drupal Toolbar Shortcuts


Next we have the User Tab which is labelled as your username. In this Tray, we have View Profile, Edit Profile and Log Out. To the far right of all the trays, under Edit, you will see an Icon with an arrow pointing to a vertical line. Clicking this will display the Toolbar and Tray Vertical on the left hand side.

Drupal Toolbar User


The ‘Manage’ Tray

The first link in the Manage Tray is ‘Content’. This opens up a page where you can add, view edit and filter content. You can also view comments and files such as Images from this page. As you can see I currently have no content on the site as it is a fresh install of Drupal.


Next, we have the Structure Tab. This is where a lot of the settings are such as Block Layout, Content Types, Menu Settings, Taxonomies and Views. This is probably one of the most important tabs and the one I use the most!

Drupal Structure Tab

The next Tab across is Appearance. This is where themes can be added and edited to the site. By default, Drupal installs the Bartik as the Site theme and the Seven theme as the Admin theme. By going into Theme settings, you can edit the site logo, favicon and colour settings.

Drupal Toolbar Appearance


Extend is the next tab. This is where all modules are handled. Here you can view, install, enable/disable and uninstall modules. Drupal 8 by default, installs some ‘core’ modules such as Node, Path and Views. Views wasn’t a core module until Drupal 8.

Drupal Extend Tab