Manipulating the Form, Spreadsheet, and Hierarchical Levels Areas

The main SketchList 3D window is designed to be very flexible. This flexibility allows you to customize the main window to your needs by manipulating the configuration of the Form, Spreadsheet, and Hierarchical Levels areas in the following ways:

Undocking and moving areas

There are several ways to undock (detach) an area from its current position on the screen:

The area becomes a window that you can move around and position in the most convenient location for you. To move the window, click the window's title bar and drag the window to a new position on the screen.

Docking areas

To dock (reattach) the window in its original position, double-click the area's title bar.

Swapping the docking locations of two areas

You can swap the positions of two areas in the main window—for example, you can move the Hierarchical Levels area to where the Form is currently located, and vice versa. To do this:

  1. Undock the first area and move it out of the way.
  2. Click the title bar of the second area and drag it to the first area's position.
  3. When a gray rectangle appears under the area, release the mouse button.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the first area.

Stacking two areas on top of each other

You can also stack two or three areas to get more screen space. To stack two areas:

  1. Click the title bar of the area that's in the non-desired location and drag it on top of the other area.
  2. When the other area turns gray, release the mouse button.

You can switch between the two areas using the tabs at the bottom of the window. You can also stack additional areas on top of the two you've already stacked.

Closing and reopening areas

If you don't use an area often and would like more space on your screen, you can close the area completely by clicking on the X in the area's title bar.

How you reopen an area depends on which area you want to reopen:

Resizing area windows

If an undocked area is too large or too small, you can change its size, as follows:

  1. Position the cursor over a corner of the window so that the cursor becomes a two-headed arrow.
    Positioning your cursor over a corner allows you to change both the length and the width of the window. If you want to change only the length or only the width, you can position the cursor anywhere on a window edge instead.
  2. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse until the window is the size you want.

Extending the Spreadsheet area across the width of your screen

You can extend the Spreadsheet area across your screen without closing any of the other areas—the Form area and the Hierarchical Levels area can both fit next to the Views area. To do this:

  1. Click the title bar of the Hierarchical Levels area and drag it up slightly.
  2. When the Form area shrinks and a gray rectangle appears under it, release the mouse button.

The Spreadsheet area automatically expands to fill the space left by the Hierarchical Levels area.