Legacy Toolbar

About The Legacy Toolbar

In May of 2023, we released a major update to our UI: The Toolbar. As this is a large change, the Legacy Toolbar will remain available as we implement the new toolbar. This new look is free for all users, and can be opted in individually, which means that a table can have users with both legacy and new toolbar.

How long will I have access to the Legacy Toolbar? 

We’re using a feedback reliant process to determine when we deprecate the Legacy toolbar. During the opt-in period for new designs, we will be moving forward as we get buy-in from our users. In order to make sure we're listening and improving, we will not remove the opt-in until we reach specific levels of adoption from our users. If the Legacy Toolbar still works better for your games, please continue to use it, and let us know why!

How do I upgrade to the new toolbar?

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When you load into a game, you’ll now see a new pop-up inviting you to try the new toolbar experience. If you press Maybe Later, and change your mind about wanting to try the new toolbar, it can be toggled under the Personalization & Display section of the settings menu as well. 

How do I revert back to the Legacy Toolbar?


To navigate back to the Legacy Toolbar, simply navigate to the Settings button on the toolbar, hover over it, and select Opt Out of UI Redesign. 

From there, you’ll have access to the legacy toolbar once more!



Legacy Toolbar Overview

Here is an overview of all of the tools on the legacy toolbar, from top to bottom.

  1. Select & Move
  2. Layers Tool
  3. Drawing Tools
  4. FX Tool
  5. Zoom Tool
  6. Ruler Tool
  7. Dynamic Lighting Feature Tool
  8. Fog Of War
  9. Turn Tracker
  10. Dice Roller
  11. Help Tool
  12. Dark/Light Mode Toggle
1. Select & Move

The Select and Pan tool allows you to toggle between manipulating objects on the tabletop and panning around the screen. Check out the video above to see it in action with the Legacy Toolbar, and learn more by checking out our updated toolbar page on the Select Tool
2. Layers Tool (Map, Tokens, GM, UDL)

Roll20 organizes the graphics on the page into several layers. This makes it easier to work with just the set of graphics that you want, so for example you aren't moving the map around when you only mean to be interacting with the tokens on top of the map. Check out the video above to see it in action with the Legacy Toolbar, and learn more by checking out our updated toolbar page on the Layer Tool.
3. Drawing Tools

Freehand Tool

The Freehand tool allows you to draw lines on the tabletop, similar to the way that a whiteboard works. Just select the tool, then click and drag anywhere on the tabletop to start drawing.

The Shapes tool works similarly to the Freehand tool, but it allows you to quickly draw pre-made shapes. By default you'll draw a rectangle, but you can also hold down the Alt key while drawing to draw a circle instead. Holding the Shift key while using the Shapes tool will cause your shape to snap to the grid if one is enabled for the current page.

After you activate the Freehand or Shapes tools, a secondary toolbar will appear. You can change the stroke color (1.) as well as the fill color (2.) and line width (3.) of your drawing by using the secondary toolbar here.

Polygon/Line Tool

The Polygon/Line Tool draws lines and polygons by connecting vertices clicked out on the tabletop. To draw with the Polygon/Line Tool, first, click on the tabletop where you’d like to start your drawing. Next, click to where the next vertex in the polygon or line should be. Continue this process until the polygon is completed. A right click or hitting the Escape key will finish/close the line or or polygon. If a vertex is clicked very close to the starting point, the polygon will auto-close. If a mistake is made part way into your drawing, Ctrl/Cmd + Z will undo each consecutive segment drawn. Holding down the Shift key while drawing will force the segment vertices to snap to the grid. If a straight line instead of a polygon is desired, right click or hit the Escape key after drawing the very first segment.

Like the Freehand and Shape tools, the Polygon/Line tool uses the same secondary appearance toolbar.

Text Tool

There’s also a text tool that lets you write directly on the tabletop. Just choose the text tool from the Toolbar, and then click on the tabletop where you want to type. You can change the font (1.), size (2.), and color (3.) of the text using the secondary toolbar here.

Learn more by checking out our updated toolbar page on Drawing tools.

4. FX Tool (Pro Feature, GM Only)

The Custom FX, available only to GMs of a game, allows you to create more particle emission patterns than the small number of built-in effects. You can play with the FX yourself on the FX Playground. Learn more by checking out our updated toolbar page on the FX tool.
5. Zoom Tool

The Zoom Tool provides you with the ability to change how much or how little you can see the VTT. By default, it's set to 100% zoom for everyone and can then be controlled individually with several options:

  1. Toolbar Zoom Tool
  2. Zoom Control Buttons and Slider
  3. Zoom with the Scrollwheel
  4. Zoom with + and - Keys as Keyboard Shortcuts

Learn more by checking out our updated toolbar page on the Zoom tool.

6. Ruler Tool

The Ruler tool lets you click and drag to measure distances on the table. While you measure, you can choose to show your measurement line with other players so you can discuss what you're measuring, or you can limit the measurement line visibility to just yourself and your GM.

Learn more by checking out our updated toolbar page on the Ruler tool.

7. Dynamic Lighting Feature Tool (Pro Feature, GM Only)

The Dynamic Lighting Feature Tool allows GMs to place lights, windows, and doors with ease. Windows and Doors affect player visibility and path. The place light tool will create a lighted token on whatever layer you currently have selected. That token will emit Bright Light for 20 feet and Low Light for 20 feet. After placement- the light settings can be changed in the token settings like any other Token.
8. Fog Of War (GM Only)

The Fog of War feature allows you to manually reveal areas of the map to your players. Learn more by checking out our article on Fog Of War.
9. Turn Tracker (GM Only)

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The Roll20 Turn Tracker provides a method to aid in turn-based games or with initiative by presenting an interactive list to the group. Learn more by checking out our Turn Tracker article. 
10. Dice Rolling Tool

The Dice Roller GUI is a tool which makes it easy to perform dice rolls in Roll20 without needed to type in complicated formulas or roll commands. Learn more by checking out our article on our Dice Rolling GUI.
11. Help Tool

The Help Tool is a quick way to open a window that shows the Help site (which you're reading right now!), report bugs, and consult the list of keyboard shortcuts.
12. Dark/Light Mode Toggle
This toggle lets you switch in between light and dark mode quickly and with ease!
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