Properties Dialog Box

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Properties and Parameters Dialog Boxes

A component common to many of Your SOFTWARE's tools, charts, expressions and other components is a Properties or Parameters dialog box from which certain attributes of the item can be adjusted or set by the user.

All properties dialog boxes share certain common features.

Parameters dialog boxes are usually more specific to the particular item, but they are accessed in the same way and often contain common components.

Accessing the Dialog box

To open an item’s dialog box, the item itself must first be selected.

For chart items, single right mouse-click on the item in the work area or on its label, “handles” will appear on the graphic and its label.

For items in a list or table, single right mouse click on the row, it will become highlighted in blue.

After the item is selected, double left mouse-click to open its properties dialog box directly.

For some items, particularly those on charts, you can right mouse-click to first open the item’s pop-up menu. A link to the item’s properties dialog will always be the first command on the pop-up menu:

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Click on the Properties command to open the item’s dialog box.

Dialog Box

Properties and Parameters dialog boxes share many common features.

The following is a typical drawing tools dialog box:

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The dialog box will open and float above the work area. Drag it with the mouse to reposition it.

Make changes on any of the tabbed pages and then click OK to apply the changes.

Tabbed Pages

Often dialog boxes will have more than one tabbed page. The tabbed pages contain groupings of related functionality.

Parameters dialog boxes may also have tabbed pages, but often have only one page.

In the case of the Fibonacci Retracement example, the Settings tab displays values which are initially set by the user’s mouse click. The user can manually alter these and other settings.

Many properties dialog boxes contain a separate Appearance tab. Grouped on this page are settings which affect the display parameters, for instance line size, type, weight, etc. Font details for labels etc. are sometimes included on this tab, in other cases a separate Fonts tab is used.

Some items have a number of elements which can be independently altered, in the above example the various Fibonacci Retracement Levels can be independently shown/hidden, formatted, levels set, etc. The name of this tab will vary depending on what group of functionality is affected.

Examples of other specific tab names include Line, Scale Settings, Plots, etc.

Other Common Functionality

Lock

Often included in dialog boxes are options to Lock the dialog’s settings, this will prevent the item from being manipulated by the cursor in the work area.

Defaults

Another common option found in Properties and Parameters dialog boxes is the Defaults option. This is explained in the Defaults topic.

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