An auto-hide dock panel is displayed as a
tab strip on the out-most edge of the main application window. It has 3 status: hidden,
mouse-hover-display, and click-display.
An auto-hide window is hidden if it is displayed only as a tab strip on the
out-most edge of the main application window.
Fig.1. The ToolBox, Navigator, and Messages are in the hidden status.
An hidden window is changed to the mouse-hover-display status if the user
hovers the mouse over the tab strip. In this status, its window
is sprung out and displayed with an inactive caption. It stays in this status as
long as the mouse stays on the tab or on the window itself.
Fig. 2. The Navigator window is in the mouse-hover-display
If the user clicks the tab strip of an auto-hide window, it will be
displayed in the click-display status: the window is displayed with an active
caption and receives keyboard input. Is can be changed to the hidden status by double clicking its
Fig. 3. The Navigator window is in the click-display status.