The View Options feature allows you to control how the system displays hierarchical structures. For example, the system can display structures top-down or left-to-right.
The View Options Dialog Box
The View Options dialog box lets you change how hierarchical structures are displayed in view windows. View options apply in detail and overview mode. The changes you make apply only to the current work session.
However, you can save the settings for future work sessions, using the Save Options feature. If you access the View Options dialog box through the Print dialog box (not through the standard menu), the settings you enter apply to the print request only.
Use this option to select a view window. View windows are numbered sequentially in the order in which the windows are opened. To select a view window, select the arrows until the view window is shown.
Use this option to determine how many levels of a hierarchical structure to display. 0 means the entire structure, 1 means top level only, 2 means top two levels only, and so on. Select the corresponding display depth using the arrow key.
You can display hierarchical structures on a grid. To display the grid, set the Grid indicator.
Use this option to select the view mode, overview or detail. In Overview mode the system compresses the hierarchical structure so you can see all of it in one view window. In Detail mode the system expands the hierarchical structure so you can see each object in the hierarchical structure.
However, in Detail mode you cannot see all the structure. (To switch between overview and detail mode, choose one of the following:
- Goto _ Detail<->View )
This option lets you determine how Structural Graphics displays an object when you select the object.(You must select an object before changing the object’s shape, color, line style, and so on.)
This option is useful when you work with multiple view windows. This option allows you to view a selected object from different points of view at the same time.
You can select a different knock-on mode for each view window. When you select an object, each window shows the selected object in a different way. Example: One window shows the selected object centered, another window shows the substructure of the selected object, and another window shows the parent structure. To select a knock-on mode, set one of the following indicators:
Off - The system highlights the selected object. The display does not change. Center - The system highlights the selected object, and positions it in the center of the view window.
Substructure - The system highlights the selected object, and displays only the selected object and its child objects.
Parent structure - The system highlights the selected object, and displays only the selected object and its parent object.
Use this option to select how Structural Graphics presents a hierarchical structure. To make a selection, set one of the following indicators:
- Normal - The system presents the hierarchical structure in a top-down format.
- Feathered - The system presents the hierarchical structure in a right-to left format.
- Compact - The system presents the hierarchical structure using a combination of formats.Top-down format is used for the upper levels of the structure. (Objects on the lowest level are presented vertically.When you select this option, the system sets the number of levels displayed to 3. You can change this setting in the Display Depth field.)
- User-defined - The system presents the hierarchical structure according to a format which you define. See Define Graphic Type below.
Use this option to select which design profile you want to apply to a view window. Design profiles contain presentation characteristics. For example, a profile can use squares to represent objects, blue lines to connect objects, and so on. Define Design profiles in Customizing.
The design profiles available depend on the design group you select. You can change design groups. See the Change design option below.
Define Graphic Type
Use this option to define a method for presenting hierarchical structures. You can define object alignment and rotation.
Alignment - The system aligns the objects in the hierarchical structure so that they are left justified, right justified, or centered. To define alignment, set the appropriate indicator.
Rotation - The system rotates the structure to present it at the rotation degree you specify. For example, if you enter 180°, the structure appears upside down.
To specify a rotation, select the arrows until the system shows the rotation value you want.
- To define a graphic type:Choose Graphic Type _ User defined.
- Choose Define graphic type. The Define Graphic Type dialog box appears.
- Make your selections.
- To exit the dialog box:Choose Close.
You return to the View Options dialog box.
- Choose Apply. The system applies the settings to the active view window.
Use this option to select a different design group. A design group is a set of design profiles. The design group you select determines which design profiles you can choose from when you use the Design option.
To change design groups:
- Choose Change Design. The Design dialog box appears.
- Select a design group.
- Choose Continue. For more information, see Changing Designs
Changing View Options
Change view options when you want to change how Structural Graphics presents hierarchical structures in view windows. You can enter different settings for different view windows. View options determine how the system displays a structure, for example, top-down or right-toleft.
- Select a window.
- Choose Options _ View options.
The View Options dialog box appears.
- Select the appropriate settings.
For more information on the settings, see The View Options Dialog Box
- Choose Apply.
- To enter settings for other view windows:
- Select a window.
- Select the appropriate settings in the View Options dialog box.
- Choose Apply.
- To exit the View Options dialog box, choose Continue.