The main menu bar is accessible from either
View Window or the
Dashboard window. Detailed
information on each item in the main menu bar can be found
in the IDV User's Guide.
Helpmenus. The other menus will be explored in subsequent exercises.
Filemenu is used for opening new
View Windows, restoring the
Dashboard, importing and exporting bundles and exiting the IDV. As a simple exercise, we will close the
Dashboardand then open a new one, since this is a common function.
Dashboardwindow by clicking on the X in the title bar of the window.
Dashboardby selecting the
File→New→View Window→Windows→Dashboardmenu item.
View Windowby selecting the
File→New→View Window→Map View→One Panemenu item. Open a two pane Globe Display.
View Windowsby clicking the X in the upper right corner.
Filemenu in subsequent exercises.
Editmenu can be used to clear out displays and data sources as well as access the formula editor and user preferences.
Edit→Remove All Displaysmenu. All the displays except for the map should be removed from the view.
Field Selector, notice that the data source is still listed. We could create new displays from that data source if we wanted, but let's remove it. Select the
Edit→Remove All Displays and Data.
Helpmenu is used to access the incorporated documentation and other features that provide information about the IDV.
Help→User's Guidemenu item to bring up the IDV User's Guide.
Appendixtab, then the
Examples of Display Typestab and select the
Flow Displaysentry in the list to view that page.
Help→Zooming, Panning and Rotatingmenu item in the main menu bar of the IDV to go to the page that provides an overview of mouse and keyboard use.
IDV User's Guidewindow by clicking on the X in title bar of the window.
Help Tipswindow back up by selecting the
Help→Show Help Tipsmenu item. The help tips in this window are designed to give you some tips on using the IDV and quick access to sections of the User's Guide. Click the
Nextbutton until you get to the Zooming, Panning, and Rotating tip. Click on the link to bring up the User's Guide section on this topic.
Show tips on startupcheckbox and then click the
Closebutton. The next time you start the IDV, the
Help Tipswindow will not automatically pop up.
Helpmenu that are useful if you are having problems and need to contact Unidata User Support. The
Help→Show Consolemenu item brings up the IDV console where all error messages are shown. Another important menu is the
Help→About...menu which lists the version of the IDV that you are running. You should always indicate the version when you contact Unidata User Support with any problems you may have. Lastly, if you are having problems with the IDV, the
Help→Support Request Form...menu allows you to submit a problem report directly to Unidata. This should be used as a last resort after you have followed all the recommended steps in the User's Guide Documentation and Support. Be sure to fill in all the fields and most importantly to provide a detailed description of the problem.
Projectionsmenus in the