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 the screen, can be free floating, removed entirely, and are user-specific.

Docked Tabs

Docked Tabs

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

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 somewhere outside of the viewer, and the window will collapse back into the tab. Note: 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 un docked, so that they can float anywhere.

Pin-Open Docked Tabs

Sometimes, it is preferred that the viewer remain in full view even if the mouse is moved outside of the window. To pin the viewer open, open a docked tab (such as the 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). Clicking the push pin icon once will "pin open" the window so it will not collapse (notice that it also removes the docked tab from the bottom of the screen).

Re-Clicking the push pin icon will "un-pin" the window and thus reactivate the viewer's ability to collapse back into the tab.

Move a Docked Tab

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

  1. Next, Left-Click and hold on the docked tab title bar (orange bar at the top of the window), and continue to hold down the left-click to start to move the docked tab.  A user will notice some directional arrows which have now appeared on the screen while the user was holding down a left-click.
  2. To dock a 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.  A user can let go of a left-click when he/she sees the blue shading appear.

Un-Pin the Docked Tab

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

Un-pin the window by clicking on the push-pin icon. The pin should be facing to the side now. Click on the "X" to close the docked tab.

Remove a Docked Tab

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 the window open as shown above.

Left-click on the docked tab title bar, and continue to hold down a left-click in order to move the 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 the user can now Click on the "X " to remove the docked tab from a user's view.

Expand Docked Tabs Automatically

Expand Docked Tabs Automatically

A user can set up docked tabs to expand automatically, so that when the user hovers the mouse over the docked tab to expand, it will happen automatically instead of clicking to expand.

To set this as a preference, Click on Tools > Options

  1. Click on Workflow.
  2. Check the box next to "Expand Docked Display on mouse over."  Click Close.
  3. Close the window and log out and back in to SOAPware to save changes.

Log Out

Click on SOAPware > Log Out. Then log back in for this change to take effect. This change is user-specific.

While Pulled Charts is a docked tab option, using Pulled Charts is not recommended in SOAPware. It is only available as a legacy item for customers converting from Version 4. SOAPware recommends using the Task List to manage all task items/unsigned charts.