GMS:Display Options

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Most of the data types in GMS have a set of display options that can be modified using the Display Options command in the Display menu. The Display Options command brings up the Display Options dialog. The dialog can also be brought up using the Display Options Display Options Macro.svg macro.

Data Type Tabs

The Display Options dialog contains a list of the data objects currently in memory. Corresponding data tabs are displayed in the dialog depending on what object type is selected in the list box. Each display feature associated with a data type is listed in the Display Options dialog. The check box next to the feature named can be toggled on or off to control whether or not the feature is to be displayed. In addition, the button next to the feature brings up a dialog that can be used to edit the display attributes of the feature (color, font, line thickness, etc.). The following table describes the display options tabs that exist for the various data types. Click on the links to learn more about the specific display options for each data type.

Image Data Type Tabs Also Available for Data Type
TIN Module Icon.svg TIN Data
Borehole Module Icon.svg Borehole Data
Solid Module Icon.svg Solid Data
2D Mesh Icon.svg 2D Mesh Data SEEP2D
2D Grid Icon.svg 2D Grid Data
2D Scatter Icon.svg 2D Scatter Data
3D Mesh Icon.svg 3D Mesh Data FEMWATER, Particles, ADH
3D Grid Icon.svg 3D Grid Data MODFLOW, Particles, MT3D
3D Scatter Icon.svg 3D Scatter Data
Map Module Icon.svg Map Data MODAEM, UTEXAS
UGrid Module Icon.svg Ugrid Data MODFLOW, Particles
GIS Module Icon.svg GIS Data
Create Cross Section Tool.svg Cross Sections
Materials Display Options.svg Materials
Lighting Options Macro.svg Lighting Options
Axes Icon.svg Axes
Drawing Grid Icon.svg Drawing Grid

General Display Options

Example of the General Options in the Display Options dialog.

The Display Options dialog also controls several general display options in GMS. These general display options are described below.

  • Z magnification – Occasionally an object may be very long and wide with respect to its overall depth (z dimension). In such cases, it is possible to exaggerate the z scale so that the variation in the z value is more apparent by changing the magnification factor from the default value of 1.0.
  • Background color – A Color dialog can be brought up to change the selected color. The selected color is displayed as the background color in the Graphics Window.
  • Triad options – To aide in visualization of 3D objects in oblique view, an XYZ triad can be displayed in the lower left corner of the Graphics Window. The display, size, and color of the triad can be specified in the Display Options dialog. The triad is useful in visualizing how the geometry currently defined in GMS aligns with the world coordinate system.
  • Show options for existing data only – Option to only show the display options associated with data in the current project. When off, a tab for every possible display option appears in the list on the left of the Display Options dialog. On by default.

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