Customizing the Workspace

There are many ways to customize the look and functionality of your workspace, including setting the display and positioning of toolbars and Resource window tabs; assigning shortcut keys for commands, code snippets, and scripts; and creating custom toolbuttons. This section provides instructions for using these basic customizations.

Advanced customizations, such as editing tag editors and creating new ones, can be easily accomplished using the Visual Tools Markup Language (VTML). For VTML tutorial and reference information, see "Customizing the Development Environment".

Managing application toolbars and the QuickBar

The application toolbars and the QuickBar are divided by location, by function, and by the level of customization available.

The application toolbars, on the left of the workspace, provide standard Windows commands plus access to tools such as external browsers, the Style Editor, Code Validation, and the Link Checker.

The QuickBar, on the right of the workspace, lets you easily insert tags from any of the supported languages.

You can change the order of tabs on the QuickBar, hide a default toolbar, show a toolbar that is hidden by default, or move a toolbar.

To open the Customize dialog, do one of the following:

The Customize dialog box appears, with the Toolbars tab selected by default.

To change the order of tabs in the QuickBar:

  1. In the workspace, right-click in any toolbar or Quickbar and select Organize QuickBar from the popup menu.
  2. In the Organize QuickBar dialog box, select names of tabs and press the up and down arrows as needed.

    The tab on the top of the list appears on the far left side of the QuickBar.

  3. When you are satisfied with the order of the tabs, click Close.

To hide or show a toolbar:

  1. In the Customize dialog box, in the Visible Toolbars box, clear the checkbox next to the toolbar you want to hide.
  2. To show a toolbar, select the checkbox next to the toolbar in this same list.

Tip

To reset the default settings for which toolbars are shown or hidden, click Reset to Defaults in the Customize dialog. This also moves every toolbar back to its default position. However, it does not affect the contents of any toolbar, so any changes made to buttons within a toolbar are preserved.


To move a toolbar or QuickBar:

  1. In the workspace, drag a toolbar or QuickBar by its handle (the two vertical bars on the left edge of the toolbar) to a new location.

    For a QuickBar, make sure the QuickBar you want to move appears on top before dragging it to a new position.

  2. To move every toolbar back to its default position, click Reset to Defaults in the Customize dialog. This also resets the default settings for which toolbars are shown or hidden. However, it does not affect the contents of any toolbar, so any changes made to buttons within a toolbar are preserved.

Tip

As an alternative, to move back the toolbars and QuickBars that are not docked anywhere in the workspace, you can right-click in the toolbar or QuickBar area and select Dock floating toolbars.


Customizing toolbars

There is a lot of functionality available in the product that you can access by adding a special button to a toolbar. It is worthwhile to review the Toolbuttons list on the Toolbars tab of the Options > Customize dialog box.

Besides adding buttons to a toolbar, you can add your own custom buttons, remove buttons from a toolbar, change the order of buttons in a toolbar, add a custom toolbar, or remove a custom toolbar.

To add a button to a toolbar:

  1. Select Options > Customize from the menu to open the Customize dialog box.
  2. In the Visible Toolbars box, select the toolbar to which you want to add a button.

    Tip

    If you are using the default workspace, you might want to select View, since this toolbar has room for a few more buttons.


  3. In the Toolbuttons box, click the vertical scrollbar and drag it down until you see the button you want to add.
  4. Click the button in the Toolbutton box and drag it to a free space in the toolbar shown under Toolbar View.

    The button is added to the toolbar.

  5. Click Close to return to working in the product.

To add a custom button to a toolbar:

  1. Select Options > Customize from the menu to open the Customize dialog box.
  2. In the Visible Toolbars box, select the toolbar to which you want to add a button.
  3. Click Add Custom Button to display the Custom Toolbutton dialog box.
  4. Specify what you want the custom toolbutton to do:
  5. Click the browse button and select an image file, or type the full path of the image for the button in the Button Image box.

    This is not applicable when launching an external application.

  6. In the Caption box, type a text label to appear under the button when a user chooses to display both buttons and their captions.

    This is not applicable when launching an external application.

  7. In the Button Hint box, type text for the button's tooltip.
  8. When you are done, click OK.

The button is added to the selected toolbar.

To change the order of buttons in toolbar:

  1. Select Options > Customize from the menu to open the Customize dialog box.
  2. In the Visible Toolbars box, select the toolbar whose buttons you want to rearrange.
  3. On the toolbar shown under Toolbar View, drag each button you want to move to its new location.

    The buttons are rearranged in your toolbar as you make changes.

  4. Click Close to return to working in the product.

To remove a button from a toolbar:

  1. Select Options > Customize from the menu to open the Customize dialog box.
  2. In the Visible Toolbars box, select the toolbar from which you want to remove a button.
  3. Drag the button you want to remove to a place outside of the toolbar shown under Toolbar View.

    The button is removed from the toolbar.

  4. Click Close to return to working in the product.

To add a toolbar:

  1. Select Options > Customize from the menu to open the Customize dialog box.
  2. Click Add Toolbar to the right of the Visible Toolbars box.
  3. In the Add Toolbar dialog box, type a name for the toolbar and click OK.
  4. Add buttons and separators to the new toolbar as needed.
  5. Select the checkbox next to the new toolbar to make it visible in the workspace.

To delete a custom toolbar:

  1. Select Options > Customize from the menu to open the Customize dialog box.
  2. In the Visible Toolbars box, select the toolbar you want to delete and click Delete Toolbar.
  3. Click Yes to confirm.

The custom toolbar is removed. You cannot remove a standard toolbar, but you can hide it.

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