Why is the Toolbox not a real window?

Toolbox isn't a real window (on Windows 10 at least), it's more like a popup: you can't resize or move it and you can't have it non-focused as it will automatically close when you click somewhere else.

This is frustrating to me: I like to keep the download progress visible on eg. a second monitor, I'd like to be able to alt+tab into Toolbox, in short I'd like it to behave like every other program.

Why was the popup-like nature of Toolbox chosen? Is there any chance of this changing in the future?

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I have the same question as well, would be helpful to have it as a window in windows 10

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Well, it's an architectural choice we made. Any changes in that behaviour in the current version of the product would require significant efforts. Unlikely it's going to be changed in the nearest future.

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I'll echo this.  The popup nature of Toolbox on Windows 10 is probably the only thing I can complain about with this application.  Half of the time it does not collapse when I click away from it, and it stays on top of any windows I actually have focused -- really annoying.

 

I really wish this behaved like an actual window.

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Very annoying

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+1 to this as well. Hopefully it'll be changed at some point.

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Ditto.  On Linux, this is a window, and I hate the notifications of other apps (especially chat apps) popping up over it.  It's also way down in the corner where eye strain is the greatest, which is an accessibility issue.

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Just came across this, to me it seemings maddeningly horrible. I am curious was it user tested? Was it it made as an architectural choice because it made dev'ing it significantly easier? I am mainly asking out of curiosity about dev processes at a large software company. I am on a mac, cheers

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On Mac, it is not a window too. It is soooo frustrating....

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The Toolbox App team is currently working on the issue. Hopefully, we will release it until the end of the year. Please vote at https://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/TBX-1276 to follow the progress.

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Same to Mac. It is so annoying...

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cost me a couple of minutes cause it is just against *EVERY* UI guideline and user intuition ever devloped. a real "what the ...?!" moment.

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I just had to install ToolBox on MacOS because it is required for the Fleet Preview. Who on earth thought making this a popup that is not moveable and doesn't show in your dock while hiding behind other windows is a good idea? Absolutely mindblowing how awful the user experience is.

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