SMS:Static Tools

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The Static Toolbar contains tools which are available in every module. These tools are tools for basic operations such as panning and zooming. Only one tool is active at any given time. The action that takes place when clicking in the Graphics Window depends on the current tool. The following describes the tools in the Static Tool palette.

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Pan

The Pan Pan Tool.svg tool is used to pan the viewing area of the Graphics Window. Panning can be done in 3 ways:

  • When the Pan tool is active, holding down the main mouse button while dragging moves the view.
  • If another tool is active and not wanting to switch tools, pan by holding down the F2 key and clicking and dragging with the mouse.
  • If the mouse has a middle button (or a mouse wheel), hold it down and drag to pan the view.

Zoom

The viewing area can be magnified/shrunk using the Zoom Zoom Tool Icon.svg tool. Zooming can be done in the following ways:

  • With the Zoom tool selected, clicking on the screen zooms the display in around the point by a factor of two. Holding down the SHIFT key zooms out.
  • With the zoom tool selected, a rectangle can be dragged around a portion of the display to zoom in on that region. Holding down the SHIFT key zooms out.
  • If another tool is active and wanting to switch tools, zoom by holding down the F3 key and clicking and dragging with the mouse.
  • If the mouse has a middle button (or a mouse wheel), scroll the wheel to zoom in and out.

Rotate

The Rotate Rotate Tool.svg tool provides a quick way to rotate the viewing location. Rotating can be done in the following ways:

  • With the Rotate tool selected, holding down the mouse button and dragging the cursor in the Graphics Window rotates the object in the direction specified. A horizontal movement rotates the image about the z axis. A vertical movement rotates the image about the x and y axis. The amount of rotation depends on the distance the cursor moves while the mouse button is down.
  • If another tool is active and not wanting to switch tools, rotate by holding down the F4 key and clicking and dragging with the mouse.
  • The viewing angle can also be entered directly through the Display Options dialog (General Options, View tab).

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