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3.4.2 Toolbars

Toolbars

List button of toolbar
List button of toolbar

There are toolbars with various buttons below the menu bar. Use these buttons to access the most important functions directly by mouse-click. Brief information about a button's function appears when you point to a button with the mouse pointer (ScreenTip, ToolTip).

Some buttons provide subentries like a menu: These list buttons contain topic-related functions. Click next to the button symbol to access the functions. The recently selected button is preset at the top of the list.

To change the position of a toolbar, "grab" it in its front area with the left mouse-button, then move it to the desired position.

Figure 3.2 Docked position of View toolbar

When you drag a toolbar into the workspace, it becomes a "floating" toolbar and is above the graphics.

Figure 3.3 Floating View toolbar

To re-dock the floating toolbar, move it to the window frame with the mouse button or double-click its headline.

You can click View → Arrange Toolbars Customized in the menu to open a dialog box for changing the content and look of toolbars. Customizing toolbars follows Windows standards.

Figure 3.4 Customize dialog box, Commands tab

All commands of RFEM are sorted by Categories. Select an entry in the list to see the buttons of all associated Commands on the right. Click a button to get an explanation of the button function shown in the dialog section below. All buttons can be moved to any place in the toolbar by using the drag-and-drop function. It is recommended to integrate these additional buttons into a new toolbar (see Figure 3.6), as the remaining toolbars may be reset to the default entries when installing updates.

Shortcut menu of a button or menu item
Shortcut menu of a button or menu item

To remove a button from the toolbar, the Customize dialog box must be open. Then you can drag and drop the button from the toolbar to the workspace. It is also possible to use its shortcut menu shown on the left to Delete the button.

In addition to dragging commands into the toolbar, you can move them into the menus. In this way, you can create user-defined menus. Menu items can be deleted or customized as described for toolbars.

The Button Appearance option available in the shortcut menu opens the following dialog box:

Figure 3.5 Button Appearance dialog box

The dialog box helps you to change the text of the button or menu item. Moreover, you can replace the default symbol by a user-defined icon.

All available toolbars are listed in the Toolbars tab. You can switch off toolbars or create new ones by using the [New] button.

Figure 3.6 Creating a new toolbar

Enter the name of the new toolbar in the Toolbar dialog box. After clicking [OK], the new bar appears in a floating position. You can move the toolbar to an appropriate position and fill it with buttons by using the Commands tab (see Figure 3.4).

The [Reset All User-defined Toolbars] button resets the toolbar to its initial state. If the list contains a customized toolbar, it is removed. The default toolbars of RFEM cannot be removed, only switched off.

In the Menu Items tab, you can create custom pull-down menus. The procedure is the same as for creating a new toolbar (see Figure 3.6).

Use the final dialog tab, Options, to change the appearance of the RFEM user interface. The following Designs can be selected:

Figure 3.7 Available designs for the user interface

The new setting is active right away.

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