Understanding SOAPware Commands

Most SOAPware commands are available via several actions:

  1. Clicking a menu item
  2. Clicking a button
  3. Pressing combinations of keyboard keys

Menu Buttons vs. Key Commands

Buttons exist in the toolbar and within most of the viewers. Beginners tend to prefer to click on menu items or buttons, and later tend to use more key-commands. Key-commands  are often, but not always, listed to the right of menu items.

For example, Click Help in the menu bar (as in screenshot below), notice F1 is the key-command for SOAPware Help). As an example of a key-command using a combination of keys, the Chart Rack menu item is located under the Chart menu, and has a key-command of Control + Shift + C.  This means that while holding-down the Control and Shift keys, pressing the C key will open the Chart Rack  viewer.

Exception Set-ups that Prevent Key-Command Actions

Note, in some set-ups where SOAPware is operating in a remote desktop, vps, Citrix meta frame, Terminal Services or thin-client situation, some of the key-commands may not function.

The Alt Key

The Alt key is often used in key-commands. Most menus and menu items include an underlined letter. Pressing the Alt key and the corresponding underlined letter at the same time either opens the menu or activates a menu item. For example, in the Chart workspace, Press Alt + C.  This opens the Chart menu, so that pressing  k will open the Chart Rack.