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Introduction to the User Interface

Overview

Having an understanding of the AutoBloks user interface will help you become more efficient with the tool. The following shows the default user interface.

AutoBloks Main Screen

The interface may appear intimidating at first, but it is basically composed of three types of components:

Ribbon Command Bar

AutoBloks Screenshot Highlighting Command Bar

The Ribbon Command Bar is positioned at the top of the window with commands that can be performed by the application.

The Ribbon contains multiple tabs to organize the commands. The Home tab contains the most-frequently-used commands. The File tab is different than the others and opens a special, full-screen backstage menu for common file operations.

Tool Windows

AutoBloks Screenshot Highlighting Tool Windows

Tool Windows are docked to the outer edges of the application and tend to serve a single purpose.

You have full control over the size and location of tool windows so you can build a user interface that works best for you. Click-and-drag the title bar of any Tool Window to drag it to a new location. You can even detach the Tool Window from the main application and float it on a secondary monitor.

If you accidentally close a tool window and want to restore it, there are commands on the View tab of the Ribbon Command Bar to activate each tool window.

Document Windows

AutoBloks Screenshot Highlighting Document Windows

Document Windows are located in the middle of the application where there is typically more room to present the user interface. The files you tend to open and close will be collected here.

Tool Windows, like the Start Page, can also be docked in the Document Windows area. This is useful for Tool Windows that need more room to display their contents.

If you click-and-drag the title tab of a Document Window, you can drag it to be positioned side-by-side with other documents. Like Tool Windows, you can also detach the Document Window from the main application and float it on a secondary monitor.