GMS:The GMS Window

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The GMS window is divided into seven main sections:

The GMS window with different parts labeled.


The File, Edit, Display, Window and Help menus are always available. Other menus change based on the module or numerical model in use.


For a full description of all the toolbars, see Toolbars.

Shortcut Toolbars

The shortcut toolbars are shortcuts (sometimes referred to as "macros") to often used menu commands.

Module toolbar

The module toolbar let's switching between modules.


These fields are used to edit the coordinates and scalar data set values of selected items (vertices, nodes, scatter points, etc.).

XYZF Edit Bar Window.png

Project Explorer

The Project Explorer contains a hierarchical representation of the data associated with a modeling project.

Example of the Project Explorer

Static and Dynamic Tools

The static and dynamic tools change the behavior of the mouse in the Graphics Window. The static tools are the same for every module and the dynamic tools change depending on the module. The dynamic tools typically are for creation or selection of objects.

Graphics Window

The Graphics Window is where data is rendered and data is manipulated using tools.

Mouse Tracking Bar

This shows the real world coordinates of the mouse in the Graphics Window. If the mouse is over a cell, triangle or element, the F value is the dataset scalar value and the ID is the object's number. For 3D Grids, the IJK of the cell is also shown. The progress bar is also found here.

Selection Echo

This allows quickly viewing the properties of a selected object, point, node, cell, or element.

Status Bar

The Status Bar is used to display messages and information about selected items. It also shows the display projection.


Time Steps Window

The Time Steps window is available only when a dataset containing a time series is active in the Project Explorer. The window allows selecting individual time steps for display in the Graphics Window. The window is usually located beneath the Project Explorer, but is can be resized and/or unpinned to be it's own window.

Example of the Time Steps window.