Customizing the Graphical User-Interface

Auto-Hiding and Pinning Windows

A pinned window will be viewable at all times, in contrast to a auto-hidden window that will automatically appear when it is being used. When you click outside of the auto-hidden window it will disappear, and you can view it again by pressing the icon for that window.

Consider the following example that illustrates tabbing and auto-hiding. Pinned windows are those in which the pin icon is drawn vertically . In the first figure, the Properties window is pinned. The Object Browser, Package Explorer, and Container Manager are tabbed windows and are pinned as well.

Figure 131:  Pinned interface windows.

You can pin a window by pressing the pin icon in the main window toolbar (see the arrows in the last figure). Another way to pin a window it to right-click the toolbar and uncheck the Auto-hide option. On the other hand, if you wish to view a window only when it is being used then you can auto-hide it by pressing the pin icon again, or through the auto-hide menu option. When a form is auto-hidden you will notice that the pin icon at the window toolbar is displayed horizontally .

An icon will be created for each auto-hidden form, allowing you to access the form as needed. The form will appear each time you press the icon and will disappear once you click outside of the form. The figure below illustrates the case where the Properties window, Object Browser, Container Manager, and Packages Explorer windows are all auto-hidden.

Figure 132:  Icons of auto-hidden windows. Clicking on each icon will display the form.

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