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Panes

TestStand 2019 Help

Edition Date: May 2019

Part Number: 370052AA-01

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A pane is a rectangular area of an application with borders that are bound to adjacent panes. You can use the mouse to resize the boundary between two panes, allowing one pane to occupy more of the space between two panes. The TestStand Sequence Editor uses windows to show sequence files, executions, sequence hierarchies, the current sequence analyzer project, station globals, types, and the user manager. The sequence editor uses panes to show all other information.

Docking, Hiding, and Floating Panes

You can configure the display state of a pane to one of the following: dock, hide, floating, or auto-hide.

You can rearrange panes in the sequence editor by dragging the title bar of a pane to a new location within the sequence editor window. As you drag the pane from the current location, the sequence editor detaches the pane and displays docking guides. The docking guides show you where you can place the pane. As you move the mouse over a docking guide, the sequence editor highlights where the pane will relocate when dropped.

If you drop a pane on an area other than a docking guide or outside the entire application window, the sequence editor displays the pane in a separate floating window. You can also float a pane by right-clicking the title bar of the pane and selecting Floating. You can re-dock the pane to the previous location by double-clicking the title bar of the floating pane, right-clicking the title bar of the pane and deselecting Floating, or you can drag the title bar of the pane back to a docking guide within the sequence editor.

You can hide a pane by clicking the Close icon () in the top right corner of the pane or by right-clicking the title bar of the pane and selecting Hide. You can redisplay a hidden pane by selecting the pane in the View menu of the sequence editor.

If you want to configure a pane to automatically hide when the pane is not in use, click the Auto Hide icon () in the top right corner of the pane or right-click the title bar of the pane and select Auto Hide. When you activate a different area of the sequence editor, the sequence editor hides the pane temporarily and only displays the tab for the hidden pane. You can redisplay the pane by moving the mouse over the tab for the hidden pane. The pane remains visible as long as the mouse is over the pane or you use the pane

Saving and Resetting Pane Configurations

You can use the UI Configuration tab of the Sequence Editor Options dialog box to save the configuration state of the panes in the sequence editor. You can also specify whether the sequence editor resets the user interface configuration on startup.

You can reset the user interface configuration state of the panes in the sequence editor by selecting the View»Reset UI Configuration. The Reset UI Configuration command loads the configuration you specify when you enable the Automatically Load Configuration at Startup setting on the UI Configuration tab of the Sequence Editor Options dialog box, otherwise the Reset UI Configuration command loads the default Small Screen Example or Large Screen Example configuration depending on the screen resolution. TestStand considers a 1280 x 1024 minimum screen resolution as large screen. You can also select any saved configuration on the UI Configuration tab of the Sequence Editor Options dialog box and click Load Selected.

Note Note  The Reset UI Configuration command does not affect any changes you make to the Step Types list or Templates list on the Insertion Palette. The configuration settings for the Step Types list are stored in <TestStand Application Data>\Cfg\GeneralEngine.cfg, and the configuration settings for the Templates list are stored in <TestStand Application Data>\Cfg\Templates.ini. If you want to reset these settings, you must have previously backed up these files so you can restore them manually. You can also delete GeneralEngine.cfg to revert the Step Types list settings, but doing so also reverts any changes you made to the configuration of search directories, station options, adapter settings, and most recently used (MRU) and directory history lists. In addition, deleting the Templates.ini file removes all template objects from the Templates list.

Locking Pane Configurations

You can configure the sequence editor to prevent a user from customizing the user interface panes by enabling the Lock UI Configuration by Disabling the Following option on the UI Configuration tab of the Sequence Editor Options dialog box and specifying the operations the sequence editor prevents. For example, you might want to prevent a user from rearranging the toolbars or panes within the application, or you might want to hide specific panes, buttons, and menus so the user cannot access specific features. You can also select View»Lock/Unlock UI Configuration or click the Lock/Unlock UI Configuration toolbar button.


See Also

Sequence Editor Options dialog box

View Menu

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