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Handling windows

The windows in the Ecolego workbench can be moved around, resized, stacked upon each other, or minimised within the workbench edge for fast access. By default windows are docked next to each other. However, a window can easily be turned into a “normal”, free-floating window.

Window layouts

NoteThe Sensitivity Analysis Toolbox has an extra window layout.

Ecolego has two pre-defined Window layout – the modelling and simulation layouts – which are available by clicking the Modelling and Simulation tool bar buttons or from the main menu bar. This way the user can quickly move from one layout to another instead of having to open and close windows one by one.

When you switch to another layout, or exit Ecolego, the window layout is saved. Next time you select the layout it is restored – including minimised and free-floating windows.

Restoring the workbench

To reset a layout to its default state, select Window | Layout | Reset from the main window menu. To reset all layouts, select Window | Layout | Reset All.

Title bar

NoteThe title bars can be hidden, see Preferences > Workbench > Hide title bar. This is useful when you have limited screen space, like on a laptop. When the title bars are hidden, each window is given a small tab, which is used as a replacement for the title bar.

Each window has a title bar with the name of the window and several buttons. The buttons on the rightmost side are related to the window, and these differ depending on the windows' functionality. The functionality these buttons offer is also available from a pop-up window that is displayed by right-clicking the title bar.

Othe buttons and options that are available in the tile bar have are specific for that window – for example, there is a zoom button on the model window title bar. The title bar is also used to move the window (drag and drop).
Displayed here is title bar from the Blocks window. Titlebar.png

Moving windows

Click the title bar of the window to move it. While keeping the mouse button pressed, move the mouse cursor to the place where you want the window. An outline shows you where the window will end up.

For example, assume that you have two windows, where the first window is (vertically) positioned above the other. You want the windows to be laid out (horizontally) next to each other. Move the mouse cursor to the title bar of the first window. Click the mouse button, and while keeping it pressed, move the mouse cursor to the rightmost area of the other window. You will see an outline rectangle in the second window showing the position where the window will be moved.

You can stack windows on top of each other. Each window will then display a “tab” with its name, so that you can choose which one is to be on top. When you move a window, and the mouse cursor is centered in another window, you will see how the outline takes the shape of a window with a “tab” at the bottom. If you release the mouse button, the moved window will be positioned over the target window. If you want to move a window, which is stacked with other windows, move the mouse cursor to the “tab” with the name of the window, keep it pressed, and move the mouse cursor to the new position.

Closing and opening windows

Windows can be closed by clicking the Close button on the right corner of the window title bar. By selecting Window | … from the menu bar, you can open windows. The opened window will be positioned atop of the currently active window.

Minimizing (auto-hiding) view windows

A window is minimised by clicking the Minimize button on the title bar. If windows are stacked upon under the window, these will also be minimized.

When a window is minimized, a small button appears on the border of the workbench. When you move the mouse cursor to the button, the window reappears. As long as the mouse cursor remains inside of the window, it will be visible. When the mouse cursor is moved outside of the window, the window is hidden. To restore the window, click the auto-hide button again. Note that only docked (non-floating) windows can be minimized.

Maximising view windows

To maximise a window, right-click the title bar and select “maximise”.

When a window is maximised, all other windows are temporarily hidden until the window is restored. Note that only docked (non-floating) windows can be maximised.

Free-floating view windows

If you click the Free float button on the title bar, the window will detach itself from the workbench and become a free-floating window. If windows are stacked under the window, the whole stack will become free-floating. A window can also be made free-floating by double-clicking the title bar.

Sometimes it is useful to combine free-floating windows with docked windows. As an example, say that you are building your model using the interaction matrix, but want quick access to the block windows and building block tables.

  1. Choose the modelling layout by clicking Modelling button on the tool bar.
  2. Reset the layout to its default state by selecting Window | Layout | Reset
  3. Close the “Project”, “Information” and “Error” windows by selecting them and clicking the close button Close
  4. Click the Free float button on the building blocks window. The building block window will detach itself from the workbench, as will the parameter window and the Material window that are stacked under it.

Window specific buttons - create, edit and remove
Many windows have buttons in their title bar for creating, editing and removing objects. This is true for all the windows that tabulate data, such as the block window, but for other windows too, like the charts window. In the block window, clicking the Create button will create an Expression block. Selecting a Block in the table and clicking the Edit button will display the block edit window. Selecting one or more blocks in the table and clicking the Delete button will delete all the selected blocks.

See also

windows.txt · Last modified: 2023/02/27 15:52 by daria