About Setting the Behavior of Dockable Windows, Palettes, and Toolbars

About Setting the Behavior of Dockable Windows, Palettes, and Toolbars

Position windows, palettes, and toolbars to accommodate the way you work.

Setting the Behavior of Dockable Windows and Palettes

Windows such as the ribbon, Properties palette, tool palettes, Command window and
DesignCenter can be docked, anchored, or floated. Settings for these and other options
are often changed on a shortcut menu, available by right-clicking the title bar of
the palette or window.

  • Resize. Drag an edge of the window to change its size. If the window has panes, drag the
    bar between panes to resize the panes.
  • Allow Docking. Select this option if you want to dock or anchor a dockable window. A docked window
    adheres to one side of the application window, causing the drawing area to be resized.

  • Anchor. Attach, or anchor, a dockable window or palette to the left or right side of the drawing
    area. An anchored window rolls open and closed as the cursor moves across it. When
    an anchored window is open, its content overlaps the drawing area. An anchored window
    cannot be set to stay open. The Allow Docking option must be selected before you can
    anchor a window.
  • Auto-hide. A floating window rolls open and closes as the cursor moves across it. When this
    option is cleared, the window stays open continuously. Undocked windows with auto-hide
    are displayed as a bar inside the drawing area.
  • Transparency. Sets the degree of transparency for the window and on mouse over. The window becomes
    transparent so that it does not obscure objects under it. The window becomes more
    opaque when the cursor is over it. This option is not available for all windows.

Setting the Display of Toolbars

To display or hide toolbars, right-click any toolbar to display a list of toolbars.
A check mark next to a toolbar name indicates that it is displayed. Click a toolbar
name to display it or clear the check mark to close it.

Like windows and palettes, a toolbar can be docked or floating. A docked toolbar is
attached to an edge of the drawing area. You can

  • Undock a toolbar by double-clicking the double bars.
  • Move or dock a toolbar by dragging it to a new location.
  • Resize a floating toolbar by dragging an edge.

Lock the Position of Toolbars and Dockable Windows

Once you have arranged toolbars and docked, floating, or anchored windows the way
you want them, you can lock their position. Locked toolbars and windows can still
be used, opened or closed. To unlock them temporarily, press and hold Ctrl.

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