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Bill M
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Customizing tool bars
SoftPlan Version:
2014 Plus

I really should have tried customizing my tool bars early on with 2014 since I discovered it to be so easy to do.  I put them the way I had them in v13 with a few additions.  I am a right clicker and like that feature in 2014 so I use it quite often.  I am also using the floating tool bar more than I ever have.  I would like to determine a balance and use the floater for things I don't use much but when I do they are there and I don't have to look for them.  I'll figure that out with more use of the program. 

I do have a question about the menu bar.  I notice if I go to one menu like draw, click to drop down whats inside, that I can't go to the next menu like erase and what's inside automatically drop done like in other programs.  Is there a setting that can be changed to accomplish this?

Bill Wimberley
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Menu

Hey Bill. I'm not quite sure I'm following your question. You sated that you can not go to the Erase menu and have items automatically drop down. The Erase menu does not have any secondary drop down choices. All of the Erase options are single level choices so there are no secondary choices. Any items with secondary choices will have a small triangle either below or to the right of the item. So for instance Openings has no triangle and thus no secondary options. But Shape has a triangle at the bottom and when you expose the secondary choices such as line, box, etc you will see that some of the choices have triangles to the right indicating that there are additional choices within those items as well.

If you are not using the Ribbon style menu you can click on one item in the menu and then simply move your mouse around and any menus or sub-menus you run your mouse over will open and you can make selections from anything you see.

If you are using the Ribbon menu then you have to click on each item, either the first level designation such as Draw, Erase, etc. Secondary choices with the triangle at the bottom must be click selected as well. But items with the triangle to the right can be opened by hovering over them.

 

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Bill M
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I wondered if I explained

I wondered if I explained myself well enough.   If I click on draw, the secondary choices show in a row and I have to click to have them disappear and slide over to erase and click to have it's secondary choices show.  Many programs I use, Photoshop as a example, you can click on the first menu item to drop down the secondary choices and then slide over to the next menu item in the ribbon and it's secondary choices automatically drop down .  The SP v13 works the same way.  If I click on draw in v13 it's secondary choices drop down and I can slide over to erase to make the draw secondary choices disappear and the erase secondary choices automatically drop down.  I hope this explains it better.  I'm so use to doing this with other programs that I try to do it in 2014 and it's just strange to me.

Bill Wimberley
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Ribbon menu

SoftPlan's Ribbon menu works the same way the Ribbon menu works in other programs like Microsoft Office. If you want the behavior like you are describing you must turn off the Ribbon menu.

Bill M
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How would I go about turning

How would I go about turning off the ribbon menu?  I have searched everywhere to find the on/off switch to no avail.

 

Bill Wimberley
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Ribbon menu

It's in the System Options.

 

Bill M
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Thanks Bill.  I looked at

Thanks Bill.  I looked at that screen and every one of the bottom buttons.  Didn't see that small option.  I much prefer it this way.

Bill M
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After going back to what I'm

After going back to what I'm use to I'm not sure I like not having the ribbon but still like the automatic display of the secondary choices when sliding from one menu heading to another.  I wonder if this is something SP could make part of an update if they had an interest in doing so?

Bill Wimberley
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Ribbon menu

I don't know. You would need to ask SoftPlan. SoftPlan's ribbon menu behavior is consistent with other programs such as all the Microsoft Office products. I don't know if that behavior is something that is defined by the user interface specifications for ribbon menus or if it can be altered from application to application. I rarely use any of the commands by hunting for them through the interface. I defined keyboard shortcuts for almost every SoftPlan function and I don't even use the mouse for selecting commands except the times that I need something that I haven't defined a shortcut for or something that I rarely use and can't remember the shortcut I defined.

Bill M
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I don't use Microsoft Office

I don't use Microsoft Office like I once did so I had not really thought about them being that way.  I may change back once I make sure my tool bars are where I want them.  I've never been much of a key board short cut user.  The only one I can think that I use is unlock cursor.  Thanks for the conversation on this.

Bill Wimberley
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Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts can be a real time saver. For instance instead of clicking on Edit tab then Edit item I just hit the space bar. Repeat edit is Shift+Space Bar. Repeat Edit Box is Ctrl+Space Bar. Line is L. Select Item to Draw is S. Paint is P. Copy to SoftPlan Clipboard is Ctrl+C. Paste from SoftPlan Clipbpoard (Pick Position) is Ctrl+V (Hold Position) is Ctrl+Shift+V. Undo is Backspace. Redo is Shift+Backspace. And so on. No hunting for commands, moving the mouse, or taking your eye off what you doing. Of course the keyboard shortcuts I mentioned are my personal settings. SoftPlan comes with some shortcuts already set up. You can define yours any way that makes sense to you.

pdfrank
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Keyboard Shortcuts

Hi Bill,

 

I have tried to set up a keyboard shortcut for "Paste from SoftPlan Clipboard --Hold Position", but was unable to find the command in the System Options under any of the tabs. Can you tell me where it's located so i can create a keyboard shortcut?

 

Thanks!

Bill Wimberley
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Hold Position

Hold Position is on the Common tab.

 

pdfrank
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Thanks Bill! I was looking in

Thanks Bill! I was looking in the "Paste" section. Never thought to look for "Hold"