Go to www.awrcorp.com
Back to search page Click to download printable version of this guide.

2.1. Components of the Design Environment

When you start the Analyst software, the following main window displays.

The major components of the user interface are described in the following table:

Component Description
File button The button opens the menu which contains commands that apply to the entire project, such as New, Open, Save, Save As, Save Copy As, Export Without Results, Print, Close, and Help. It also lists recently opened and saved projects. You can open a project from this list.
Quick Access toolbar A customizable toolbar that allows quick access to commands or controls regardless of which tab is currently selected. Click the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button to the right of this toolbar to access options for customizing or moving the toolbar. For more information, see “Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar”.
Ribbon tab The tab at the top of the ribbon that you click to select the active ribbon.
Ribbon The long toolbar-like strip of options and commands that displays when you click a ribbon tab. To minimize the ribbon, right-click it and choose Minimize the ribbon. To restore the ribbon, right-click again and toggle Minimize the ribbon off. When your cursor is in the ribbon, you can use the mouse wheel to scroll forward and backward through the tabs.
Ribbon group The named rectangular boxes that group the buttons, combo boxes, and other controls on a ribbon by associated task.
Buttons Buttons may be click-able and/or display a drop-down menu with further options. Clicking a button performs an action or displays an associated dialog box or options box with additional options.
View tab Located directly below the ribbon, a tab that allows you to switch views.
Navigator Located by default at the left of the workspace, this window includes model information. Items are organized into a tree structure of nodes such as Notes, Structure, Simulations, Plots, and Files. The Navigator is active when Analyst first opens, or when you manually select it on the View ribbon in the Controls group from the Control Visibility drop-down menu. You can right-click some of the nodes in the Navigator to access menus of relevant commands.
Browser Located by default at the right of the workspace, this window comprises the collection of data and components that define the active project. Items are organized into a tree structure of nodes and include Geometry, Coordinate Systems, Materials, Excitations, Boundary Conditions, and others. The Browser is active when Analyst first opens, or when you manually select it on the View ribbon in the Controls group from the Control Visibility drop-down menu. You can right-click the Browser nodes to access menus of relevant commands.
Toolbar Located by default beneath the View tabs, a row of buttons that provides shortcuts to frequently used commands associated with the active view. To view a description of a toolbar command, hold the cursor over the button to display a tooltip.
Tabs You can dock, float, tab, or auto-hide the Navigator, Browser, Variables, Recorder, and other windows. For more information about positioning tabs, see “Controlling Window Placement ”.
Click the Variables tab to access the Variables window. For more information on setting variables, see Variables and Expressions.
Click the Recorder tab to view your recorded actions. For more information about the Recorder, see Scripting and Recording.
Click the Python Scripting tab to view a window that displays scripts you created, or all actions performed within the user interface captured in equivalent Python code. You can replay a sequence of actions using Cut and Paste operations into the command window, or store them to a file for later use. For more information about Python Scripting, see Scripting and Recording.
On the View ribbon in the Control group, click Control Visibility and choose Log Summary from the drop-down menu to open the Log window and view any log statements that Analyst outputs. For more information about the Log, see “Viewing the Log Window”.

Please send email to awr.support@ni.com if you would like to provide feedback on this article. Please make sure to include the article link in the email.

Legal and Trademark Notice