Enhance Your Lightning Apps with the Utility Bar

The utility bar gives your users quick access to common productivity tools, like Notes and Recent Items. It appears as a fixed footer that users can access to open utilities in docked panels. Under the covers, utilities harness the power of Lightning components. You can add a utility bar to any Lightning app, including standard and console apps. Previously, you could only add or customize a utility bar using the API. This feature is new in Lightning Experience.

Does the utility bar sound familiar? That’s because it combines the best features from home page components in Salesforce Classic and the footer in Salesforce Classic console apps.

You select which Lightning components you want to add to a utility bar and specify their properties. You can specify how big the utility panel is and what label and icon you want to display in the utility bar. To add a utility bar to your Lightning app, edit the app from the App Manager page in Setup.

Tip

Tip

If you’re setting up a Lightning console app, add the History utility to show users their recently visited primary tabs and subtabs. The History utility works in Lightning console apps only.

Here’s a utility bar configured with Recent Items and Notes.Screen shot of setting up a utility bar.

Here’s what the utility bar looks like in your app.Screen shot of a utility bar in an app.

We recommend adding no more than 10 utilities to a utility bar. And keep the labels for your utilities short and sweet so that your users can quickly find what they need.
Note

Note

The utility bar doesn’t support Visualforce pages or components.