How do I add the Pen tool to my toolbar?

Please select from one of the categories below to add the pen tool permanently back to the toolbar. Please note that this button is not available for Web Designer ( it is for Web Designer Premium )


For versions 7 and 8 (MX) - Designer Pro, Web Designer Premium & Photo and Graphic Designer 2013

Click on Windows > Control Bars and check Button Palette to show the button palette. This is a large list of all the buttons you can drag onto your toolbars.

Find the pen tool, hold ALT and then drag the button back onto your toolbar, you can release ALT afterwards.


For version 9 - Designer Pro X9, Web Designer Premium, Photo and Graphic Designer & Page and Layout Designer

Option 1:

Please follow these steps carefully and only make the advised changes. Making other changes to your registry could cause stability issues with your operating system;

  1. Close all Xara programs.
  2. Go to Start > Run (if you're using Windows Vista or 7 press the Windows key + R) and type regedit then click OK..
  3. Navigate to the registry key for the version of program you are using:
    • Designer Pro X9 32Bit: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Xara\XtremePro\9.2\Options\FlyoutBars
    • Designer Pro X9 64Bit: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Xara\XtremePro x64\9.2\Options\FlyoutBars
    • Web Designer Premium: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Xara\WebDesignerPremium\9.2\Options\FlyoutBars
    • Web Designer Premium 64Bit: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Xara\WebDesignerPremium x64\9.2\Options\FlyoutBars
    • Page and Layout Designer: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Xara\PageLayoutDesigner\9.2\Options\FlyoutBars
    • Photo and Graphic Designer: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Xara\Xtreme\9.2\Options\FlyoutBars
  4. Edit the registry and set the value data for "ShowPenToolOnFlyout" to: 1. Save and close the registry editor and re-open Xara.


Option 2:

Use XaReg2 to complete this task. XaReg is a Xara registry tweaking utility written by the Xara community. Its available to download from


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