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Document Bar

Introduction

The Document Bar of Atlantis works similarly to the Windows Taskbar. But instead of displaying currently working applications as buttons, each button of the Document Bar corresponds to a document currently open in Atlantis.

Document Bar

With the Document Bar you can switch among open documents as easy as you switch among running programs through the Windows Taskbar. Just click a button of the Document Bar to activate the corresponding document.

Showing and hiding the Document Bar

You can show or hide the Document Bar by choosing the "View | Document Bar | Show" main menu command.
If the Document Bar is currently displaying, you can also hide it by right-clicking it, and choosing the "Hide Document Bar" command from the popup menu.

Note: The Document Bar doesn't display if you have only one document open in Atlantis, and the "Hide Document Bar for single document" option is checked on the "View" tab of the "Tools | Options..." dialog of Atlantis:

Hide Document Bar for single document

Reordering buttons

When you open new documents in Atlantis, they are added in sequence to the right of the Document Bar. The location of any particular document on the bar will probably be unimportant if few documents are open. But things might be different when a wide variety of documents are open. In this case, you might want to bring related buttons together on the bar for easier access. This is done by simple drag & drop. Just grab a button on the bar with the mouse pointer, and drag it to its new location:

Reordering buttons of the Document Bar

Closing documents

You can close a document by hovering the mouse over the corresponding Document Bar button, and clicking the small cross button:

Closing document through the Document Bar

You can also close a document with drag & drop. Simply drop the document's button outside the Document Bar area:

Closing a document through the Document Bar

The Document Bar position

You can change the position (alignment) of the Document Bar through the "View | Document Bar | Position" menu:

The Document Bar 'Position' menu

The Document Bar can be:

  • top-aligned:
Top-aligned Document Bar
  • bottom-aligned:
Bottom-aligned Document Bar
  • left-aligned:
Left-aligned Document Bar
  • right-aligned:
Right-aligned Document Bar
  • or embedded in toolbars:
Document Bar embedded in toolbars

"Embedded in toolbars" is the default option on systems with wide screens. Otherwise the bottom alignment is the default option.

Resizing the Document Bar

When the Document Bar is embedded in toolbars, and the Document Bar is not wide enough to accomodate the buttons of all open documents, some document buttons don't display within the main part of the Document Bar:

Embedded Document Bar main part

In this case, you can hover the mouse over the Document Bar to open the flyout part of the Document Bar with the remaining document buttons:

Embedded Document Bar flyout

You can control how many document buttons appear in the flyout part of the embedded Document Bar by changing the Document Bar's width. You can do so through the "Tools | Customize | Toolbars..." menu command:

Resizing embedded Document Bar


In case with non-embedded Document Bar, when you have many files open in Atlantis, and the Document Bar cannot display all the document buttons, two scroll buttons are displayed in the Document Bar:

Document Bar scroll buttons

You can use them to scroll the contents of the Document Bar in order to bring the buttons of the required documents into view.

But scrolling the Document Bar to locate a particular document might prove cumbersome. Also when you have documents with long filenames, these might display only partially in the Document Bar. In such cases, you could resize the Document Bar so that it could display more information simultaneously. To resize the Document Bar, grab the edge of the Document Bar with your mouse pointer:

Resizing Document Bar

and drag until you achieve an adequate size:

Resized Document Bar

Note that instead of grabbing the edge of the Document Bar with the mouse pointer, you can double-click it. This hides the Document Bar.

Tips:

  • You can change the background color of the Document Bar by changing the background color of toolbars through the "Tools | Customize | Toolbars..." main menu command.
  • Captions of the Document Bar buttons of modified documents with unsaved changes display in red:

    Red captions of Document Bar buttons
  • You can quickly switch among the open documents by pressing the Alt+1, Alt+2, ..., Alt+9 keys, or Ctrl+Tab.
    The Alt+0 displays a window with the complete list of open documents.

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