Customizing the Interface

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The following information provides the basic customization options that you can control within the App Studio interface. These options customize the appearance of the application window. You can modify these options at any time during development.

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Adding Commands to the Quick Access Toolbar

How to:

The New, Open, Save, Quick Print, Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Paste, and Run buttons appear on the Quick Access Toolbar, by default. You can add the commands that you use most often. You can quickly add commands to the Quick Access Toolbar by right-clicking the ribbon, groups, or the individual commands, and selecting Add to Quick Access Toolbar. In addition, you can follow the steps in How to Add Commands to the Quick Access Toolbar.

Procedure: How to Add Commands to the Quick Access Toolbar

To add frequently used commands to the Quick Access Toolbar, follow these steps:

  1. On the Quick Access Toolbar, click the arrow, and then click More Commands.

    The Customize dialog box opens, as shown in the following image.

  2. In the Choose commands from drop-down list, select a command group.

    The commands associated with the command group that you selected appear in the Commands list.

  3. Select a command name, and then click Add.

    The command name appears in the Quick Access Toolbar list.

    Note the following about the Commands list:

    • Commands are represented by icons that appear on the ribbon.
    • Not every command appears as an icon.
    • A command that does not have an icon, but has a vertical arrow, is a command group.
    • A command that has an icon and a horizontal arrow is a command with a submenu.
    • You can add all commands, command groups, and commands with submenus to the Quick Access Toolbar.

    Command groups and submenus

    If you select a command group or a command with a submenu, all associated commands are accessible from the Quick Access Toolbar, as shown in the following image.

    Command with submenu on the Quick Access Toolbar

    To remove a command name from the Quick Access Toolbar list, select the command, and then click Remove.

  4. Click the arrow buttons to rearrange the order of command names in the list.

    This action also rearranges how the command buttons appear in the modified Quick Access Toolbar.

  5. Click OK to save your changes.

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Using the Panel Customization Options

How to:

By default, all panels, except the Environments Tree panel, are auto hidden when they first open. You can use the panel customization options, which are located in the upper-right corner of the panel, to change the appearance and location of the panels around the canvas.

Procedure: How to Rearrange Panels on the Canvas

To rearrange a panel on your canvas using the panel properties menu, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Window Position button arrow button.

    The panel properties menu opens, as shown in the following image.

    The panel properties menu

  2. Select from among the following options:
    • Floating to undock the panel and move it freely around your canvas.
    • Docking to dock the panel onto the edge of your canvas where it last appeared.
    • Auto Hide to hide the panel as a tab on the edge of your canvas. When you pause over the tab, the panel reopens.
    • Hide to close the panel.

    Note: You can also open the panel properties menu if you right-click the top of the panel.

Procedure: How to Pin and Unpin Panels to the Canvas

You can pin a panel to the canvas to keep it open while you develop your application. When you unpin the panel, it becomes auto hidden again, and appears as a tab on the edge of the canvas. When you hover the mouse over this tab, the panel reopens.

Procedure: How to Close and Reopen Panels

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Using Handles

How to:

You can dock floating panels within the canvas to ease accessibility. When you drag a panel across the App Studio canvas, a set of handles appears. These handles guide the placement of the panel, and automatically dock the panel to the edge of the canvas upon which you rest the mouse.

The following image shows an example of the handles that appear when you drag the Environments Tree panel across the canvas.

Floating Configured Environments panel with App Studio handles

Procedure: How to Dock Panels Around the Canvas Using Handles
  1. From the panel customization toolbar, click the arrow, and then click Floating.
  2. Drag the panel across the canvas and rest the mouse on a handle.

    When you rest the mouse over a handle, a shaded area appears. This shaded area provides a preview of where the panel will dock if you release the mouse, as shown in the following image.

    Panel placement with handles

  3. Release the mouse when you are satisfied with the previewed location of the panel.

    The panel automatically docks to the edge of the canvas.

Additional panels open as you develop applications throughout the product. To conserve space around the canvas, you can combine these panels. When you mouse over a docked panel, a tabbed handle option appears, as shown in the following image.

Tabbed panel placement with handles

This handle option combines the panels into a single container with tabs. You can switch between the panels by clicking the appropriate tab at the bottom of the container. An example of the Environments Tree tab and File/Folder Properties tab, in a combined panel container, are shown in the following image.

Combined panel container

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Customizing Canvases

How to:

You can switch between the canvases by clicking the colored tab at the top of the canvas. You can also develop in the canvases side by side.

The following image shows an HTML canvas next to a Report canvas.

Side by side canvases in the workspace

Procedure: How to Move Canvases for Side-by-Side Development

To create side-by-side canvas development, follow these steps:

  1. Drag one canvas tab away from its original position.

    A pointer with a document icon appears.

  2. Drag the pointer with the document icon to the upper-right corner of the canvas.

    The canvases now appear side by side.

    Tip: Repeat the preceding steps to develop on additional canvases side by side.