I just uninstalled and reinstalled the whole program. Same problem!
There are two problems at work here. 1.) toolbars disappearing: 10 is different from 9 in that a toolbars creating in a mxd is unique to that mxd (don't ask me why esri did this) you can't add it to another one, unless you save that mxd as a template. Silly isn't it? 2.) toolbars move around unexpectedly; well some people think it has to do with the windows startup bar and have solutions that work for 9.x. Well it may work but any solution anyone mentions for 9.x (for any problem) probably won't work. Regardless, the problem may lie with the monitor / video card. Having the most up to date driver may help. Otherwise get in the queue with esri support.
This is still an issue even after ArcMap 10 SP3. Very annoying.I can't confirm about having the task bar at the bottom though.
I'm having the same issue in 10.1SP1. Periodical all my toolbars reset to left justification and I have to rearrange everything. A major PITA because I never get them all back in the same place twice, so I spend lots of time hunting for tools.
I am finding in 10.1 that the toolbars float around and have a party when I open a blank MXD but if I don't touch them and then just open the last real MXD I was working on that they go back to where they should be. If I move one before opening a MXD then the MXD will retain the random positions of the blank MXD (MXT?). It just started on 10.1 in Win7 with a fresh install - never had a problem before.
I was able to get it working on my machine.Open the customize window (example, Customize > Customize Mode...)In the Options tab I had to make sure certain things were unchecked:[ATTACH]7880[/ATTACH]I can now open a blank mxd, place a bunch of toolbars, close without saving and when I re-open any mxd, they are all there where I put them.I can place toolbars in any mxd and get the same result.
Same issue here, also with 10.1 SP1. Seemed like a minor issue at first but has been causing some major workflow issues. With mine the toolbars have also been stacking on top of each other and when I go to re-position them they snap to odd places making it very difficult to obtain my original layout. Contrary to esri's bug report NIM-060796, this does not seem to have anything to do with the windows taskbar.
Same issue here- Every morning when I open my working MXD, the toolbars have re-arranged themselves. For someone that is doing a lot of repetitive digitising work where I need to work FAST, having to search for the various tools I need every time, rather than just knowing where they are, is extremely frustrating! ESRI PLEASE FIX THIS ISSUE Windows XP, Dell Optiplex 990, ArcMap 10.1
John & all -I'm worried now. In 9.3.1, I arrange all my toolbars, tables, TOC, etc, outside the main view windowsee attached jpegWill I be able to do that in 10.2? If not, is there any reason to keep on living? :p
It would be helpful if anyone who has this problem to list information about their computer, that way a pattern can be found other than "hey I have the same problem too". At my work place we have over 20 users of ArcGIS. Three of them have specifically mentioned this problem. I don't have this toolbar issue so I compared my system to their systems. We all have the same ArcGIS specs (10.1.3143) with ArcReader installed (10.1.3143). The only pattern I see is that each of the three have the same Video Controller driver and Catalyst Control Center driver which is different than my configuration. I am going to ask our IT group to update the Catalyst driver first to see if a change occurs. The three users have: Dell Optiplex 990 (2 have the i7 processor and one has the i5 processor) AMD Radeon HD 6350 8.783.2.2000Catalyst Control Center 2010.1116.2152.39231 Each has two Dell monitors, two users have (2) P2312H and one user has (2) 2001FP My system (and again I don't have this toolbar issue): Dell Optiplex 990 i5 AMD Radeon HD 5450 126.96.36.199Catalyst Control Center 2013.0926.1629.27759 Two Dell monitors 2001FP Does anyone else who has the toolbar issue have AMD Radeon HD 6350 8.783.2.2000 and/or Catalyst Control Center 2010.1116.2152.39231 installed?
Wonderful. Glad I stumbled across this post this morning. Five years is a long time to be annoyed with this bug.
Hi Gavin. How did you fix it?
Sanne, I'm sorry for the delay in responding, it's been crazy around here lately.
The only fix that I have found is to NOT maximize the screen. Tile the screen down, and then stretch to fit the display size or any other size that works for you.
Place your toolbars where you want them, and then close the window. Re-open ArcMap and your toolbars should be where you left them. The same fix is further up in the post on an earlier entry. Hopefully you have already found it.
Some of my users have the same problem in 10.2.1....Grrr...
I've been having this issue since moving to a new computer and seem to have fixed it by:
1. Turn off all toolbars (I don't know if this was necessary).
2. Open a blank map.
3. Turn on and arrange toolbars as desired (I tested it with 5 toolbars in 2 rows).
4. Close blank map.
5. Open an existing map file, and the toolbar positions should be stable.
At least, that appears to have fixed it for me. That's with the window maximized, dual monitors, Windows Aero, etc.
Updated: This only fixed it for a couple of weeks, so it may not be of any help.
I tried what Olaf Sweetman suggested. Didn't work.
I finally just put two toolbars that I like at the top at the top (Editor and advanced editor). These fit in one row with the menu bar.
I put others on the left side (Standard, Tools, Layout, dataframe tools)
I put those long word menus and some icons as well as those I used to have only a the bottom on the bottom (Arc Hydro, GeoHMS, Labeling, Spatial Analyst).
Now when I close and open again, I don't have to have moved the toolbars at the top. I'll just have to get used to the bars on the left side. I've seen others doing this for a while.
Moving on to the new "Normal" (.mxt).
Would like to badmouth ESRI here, but I'll restrain myself. Just read the complaints above and you'll get the general drift of what I'd complain about.
Did you try checking the option to save all customizations in the Map Document? ArcGIS Desktop
This thread is 5 years old, they aren't going to fix it. It keeps happening to me every couple of months or so, then it goes away for a while.
Started experiencing this for the first time a month or two ago with 10.4.1 and Win7 (not related to Windows taskbar position). It's possible it may have started when I updated the system BIOS, but I didn't start paying attention until it had been happening for a couple weeks.
No luck with deleting normal.mxt, or not maximizing the window, or the options in the customize mode window. Switching to Windows Classic theme does seem to help, after experimenting for just a few minutes. But I'm not sure I want to live with Classic ... and not sure I want to switch to toolbars on the side or bottom either. So here's hoping it goes away on it's own.
I recently started having this same issue with toolbars after upgrading to version 10.4.1. The problem first started after I clicked 'Restore Down' (not minimize) so I could view other programs but still have a small ArcMap window visible on my screen. Ever since when I open an MXD the toolbars are all over the place. I also tried deleting the normal.mxt which didn't help.
The workaround I found was to click restore down and then expand that window as much as possible, move the toolbars back where I wanted them, then click maximize and close the MXD. I reopened ArcMap after that and my toolbars were where I placed them Not sure if it will last forever but it seems to work for now.
Thanks, this worked for me with 10.3.1
The problem still occures in 10.6.1... it's been almost 9 years for crying out loud.
Anyway, the mentioned solutions didn't work for me on my new PC, except one: customize > customize mode > options Check "Save all customizations to this document" > Lock Customization
I did it in an untitled MXD, but curios enough (and that's why I comment) I only had to use the given password once to change the Customization again (and after I locked them again, password wasn't necessary)... tried three to four times, now the toolbars stay where they are.
Conclusion: If it's not working, maybe try it several times!
(I guess it's just like restarting your PC several times after a problem, helps like 90% of the time... and even IT pros can't really answer why)
Hope I could help some of you, have nice day and don't rage to much about this problem, like I did ^^''
My organization just upgraded from 10.5.1 to 10.7.1, and before that I had all my toolbars where I wanted them and they never moved once. After the upgrade, I re-added all my toolbars and positioned them where I want, and every time I open ArcMap it moves them all over the place. I have tried several of the so-called workarounds mentioned above and none of them have worked.. This is such a dumb and annoying problem.
Wow, what a large group of people with the same problem, and this is probably only a small sample of the total number of people wasting countless hours trying to fix this simple interface issue! Glad to see ESRI has prioritized the user's time yet again... Anyhow, I'm having the same problem and thought that maybe I would find an answer here, but the only ESRI_Staff response involves some Command Prompt instructions that aren't really explicit enough if you don't know how to create a folder and move a file into it using the Command Prompt, which I would bet most non-programmers don't have a clue about!!!? Whatever, I'm sure mucking around in the command prompt with your registries couldn't do any harm...? haha
This is unacceptable.
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