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Tutorial 1.  Interacting with the User Interface (For Microsoft Windows® Only)

This tutorial is for DataScene versions running on the Microsoft Windows® operating system. Please skip this tutorial if you are running DataScene on a different operating system.

In this tutorial, we will learn about the user interface of DataScene. It is recommended that you read the topics DataScene User Interface and Dock Panel before continue.

Start the DataScene program by double clicking its desktop icon or by launching it from the Start menu (Start ® All Programs ® DataScene ® DataScene). Upon startup for the first time, the user interface is arranged in the default state: the ToolBox and Navigator are docked to the left docking area of the main application window as two dock windows; the Messages Window is shown on the bottom of the main application window as an auto-hide window in the hidden status.

Fig.1. Default layout of the user interface.

 

Move the mouse pointer onto the Messages Window tab strip on the bottom of the main application window. This makes it spring out from the bottom of the main application window and change to the mouse-hover-display status. Move the mouse pointer out of the Messages Window, it hides back onto the bottom of the main application window as a tab strip and changes back to the hidden status.

Fig. 2. The Messages Window is displayed in the mouse-hover-display status.

 

Drag the caption of the Navigator while keeping the left mouse button pressed and drop it onto the right dock-site indicator, this docks the Navigator into the right docking area of the main application window.

Fig. 3. The Navigator is being dragged and dropped onto the right dock-site indicator.

 

Now drag the caption of the ToolBox and drop it onto the central dock-site indicator of the right docking area of the main application window. This docks the ToolBox to the right docking area of the main application window and nests it with the Navigator.

 

Fig. 4. The ToolBox is being dragged and dropped onto the central dock-site indicator of the right docking area of the main application window.

 

The nested Navigator and ToolBox are displayed in the same pane with two tabs shown on the bottom of the pane. Clicking a tab selects the corresponding window.

Fig. 5. Selecting the Navigator in the pane containing the nested Navigator and ToolBox.

 

Click the auto-hide button on the pane containing the nested Navigator and ToolBox, this changes the Navigator and ToolBox into the auto-hide mode and hides them on the right edge of the main application window.

Fig. 6. Hiding the nested Navigator and ToolBox by clicking the auto-hide button .

 

Now close the DataScene program and then reopen it, you will find DataScene automatically restore its interface to the layout state before it was closed. You may re-arrange the layout of the user interface to your content - DataScene will automatically restore your settings the next you start it.

 

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