Exploring the SOAPware Interface - Docked Tabs

At the bottom edge of the SOAPware Interface, docked tabs are displayed. These docked tabs can be moved to any corner of your screen, can be free floating, removed entirely, and are user-specific.

Docked Tabs

Docked Tabs

These four docked tabs come defaulted with SOAPware. A user may Click on these tabs to expand them, or have them expand automatically when moused over or hovered over one of them.

Simply pointing to/on (or hovering over) these tabs causes their viewers to pop-out, or expand, to a full view. Once a viewer is expanded, Click in the SMARText Quick Access dialog (or somewhere outside of the viewer), and the viewer will slide back, or collapse, back into the tab. The Chart Rack viewer will remain open until a chart is selected. Many of the viewers in SOAPware can be docked to any of the four edges of the Chart  workspace. Viewers that are docked can be undocked, so that they can float anywhere.

Pin-Open Docked Tabs

Pin-Open Docked Tabs

Sometimes, it is preferred that the viewer remain in full view even if the mouse is moved to elsewhere. To pin the viewer open, open a docked tab (such as Chart Rack), and Click on the small pin icon in the upper right corner of an expanded viewer (see screenshot above, noticing the downward pointing pin). Re-Clicking the pin will un-pin, and thus reactivate the viewer's ability to collapse back into the tab.

Move a Docked Tab

Move a Docked Tab

To move a docked tab, first action will be to pin it open, using the instructions above for pinning open a docked tab.

Left Click and hold on the docked tab top bar, and continue to hold down your left click as you start to move your docked tab.

You will notice some directional arrows which have now appeared on the screen while you are holding down your left click.

To dock your tab at the top of the screen next to the Menu Toolbar, drag and drop the tab to the arrow that appears at the top of the screen. There are arrows which correspond with each of the four sides of the screen, as well as arrows in the middle which also correspond to the four sides of the screen.

Make sure to drag the top bar of the docked tab to the directional arrow.  You can let go of your left click when you see the blue shading appear.

Un-Pin the Docked Tab

Un-Pin the Docked Tab

Notice that the chart rack docked tab is now placed to the left of the screen.

Un-pin by Clicking on the pin icon. The pin should be facing side-to-side now. Click on the "X" to close the docked tab. Note: The docked tab is not removed from the chart layout.  Instead it returns to its original position.

Remove a Docked Tab

To leave a tab free-floating so that it is no longer docked, Click on a docked tab to expand the tab, and pin it open as shown above.

Left click on the docked tab top bar, and continue to hold down your left click as you start to move your docked tab.

Instead of dropping the tab on one of the arrows provided, instead drop the tab out in the middle section of the screen. This will leave it free-floating and you can Click on the X to remove the docked tab from your view.

Expand Docked Tabs Automatically

Expand Docked Tabs Automatically

You can set up docked tabs to expand automatically so that you hover your mouse over the docked tab to expand it instead of clicking to expand.

To set this as your preference, click on Tools-->Options

1. Click on Workflow

2. Check the box next to "Expand Docked Display on mouse over."  Click Close.

Log out

Click on SOAPware-->log out. Then log back in for this change to take effect. Remember, this change will be user-specific!

User Tip

While Pulled Charts is a docked tab option, using Pulled Charts is not recommended in SOAPware 2010. It is only available as a legacy item for customers converting from Version 4.


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