In Smart Isometrics, windows organize the information you view about the pipeline model. The software uses windows to provide a concise listing of pipeline data and to display the results of specific operations, such as consistency checks and component attribute information. Whereas you can display or hide the Pipeline Explorer and Properties window using the View menu, the software automatically displays the Errors window whenever errors occur during a specific operation.
Moving and Resizing Windows
The Pipeline Explorer, Properties and Errors windows in Smart Isometrics work slightly differently than windows in other applications. These windows can be displayed, hidden, docked, maximized, tabbed, or made to float.
The tips listed below will help you manage windows effectively. As you are moving windows, remember that it is the placement of the cursor, not the window, that indicates where you are placing the window you are dragging. Look for the blue shadow indicator box that shows you where the window will be placed when you release the mouse button.
To display or hide a window
Open the View menu, and click the name of the window. A checkmark beside the name of the window indicates that it is displayed.
You cannot use the View menu to display and hide the Errors window. The software automatically displays the Errors window whenever errors occur during a specific operation.
To automatically hide a window
Click in the top-right corner of a docked window. The window is placed vertically on the application border on the side to which it was docked.
Move your cursor over the window name on the border to display the window, temporarily, where it was previously displayed. As you move your cursor away, the window automatically hides again.
The following illustration shows a normal view of the Properties window and a view with the window placed on the application border.
To turn off Auto-Hide mode
Place your cursor on the window name to show the hidden window.
When the window displays, click the button to place it where it was previously docked.
To undock a window
Double-click the title bar of a docked window to undock it and display it as a floating window.
To maximize a window
Double-click a floating, undocked window to dock it against the top border of the software window. This action maximizes the window as much as possible considering the placement of other tool and list view windows.
If windows are already docked along the top border of the software and there is no open space along the border, then you cannot maximize another window. If some portion of the top border does not have a window docked against it, you can minimize a new window, and the software will place it in that open space.
To dock a floating window
Click and drag the title bar of the floating window to dock it. As you begin to drag a docking window, the Smart Isometrics window displays as follows:
Drag the window over one of the icons. Each icon docks the window in a different location - top, bottom, left or right. As the cursor passes over an icon, a blue box displays, showing you how the docked window will appear. The example below illustrates the relationship between the icon and the docking location. The shaded blue box provides a preview of how the docked window will appear.
You can dock the window to an exterior application border in Smart Isometrics or adjacent to another docked window.
Create tab windows from multiple tool windows
Drag one docking window over another, to display the icon shown below:
Pass the cursor over the icon, to dock the window as a tab of the currently docked window.
Additionally, you can click and drag a floating tool window until the cursor touches the title bar of another tool window. A blue box displays, showing you a window with a tab at the bottom of the second window.