Customizing Your Toolbar

Q. Is there a way to change or add buttons to the button bars?

A. Yes, you have many options when it comes to the button bars in the Alphacam 2010 release.  Right mouse click any menu bar and select Customize...

This command allows you to configure the User Interface (UI) to suit your individual needs.

After you click on this command, the following dialog is displayed:

The tab that is displayed first is the 'Toolbars' tab. 

Toolbars
This tab has the following options:

• Toolbars:  this is a list of the available toolbars that can be displayed in Alphacam.  If the toolbar is unchecked, it will be hidden.  If it is checked, it will be displayed.

•    this allows you to create a new, custom toolbar

When you click on the New button, the following dialog is displayed

Enter the name of the toolbar as you would like it to be displayed in Alphacam and click the  button.  You will now see your new toolbar in the Toolbars list.

•   this allows you to rename a toolbar.  This button is not available on the 'standard' toolbars.
•   this allows you to delete a custom toolbar.  This button is not available on the 'standard' toolbars.
 this allows you to reset the selected toolbar to its defaults

Commands

This tab allows you to customize the toolbars.

To customize the toolbar commands, just select one of the categories, then drag and drop the command onto any of the toolbars

Keyboard
This tab allows you to create custom keyboard shortcuts for all of the available commands in Alphacam.

This tab has the following options:

• Category - this is a filter that allows you to filter out all commands by the menu that they would appear on.
• Commands - this allows you to select the command that you wish to alter the shortcut for.
• Key assignments - this shows you all of the shortcuts that you can use to access this command.
• Press new shortcut key - this is the box that you press a sequence of keys on your keyboard to create the new shortcut.
•   this button allows you to assign the shortcut to the selected command.
•   this button removes the currently selected shortcut for the selected command.
•   this button resets all commands in the selected category back to the defaults.
• Description - this gives a brief description of the selected command.

Options
This tab allows you to set certain options that handle how the UI will work.



It contains the following options:

• Always show full menus - this option allows you to specify that the UI menus should always show all commands or not.  If checked, the entire menu will always be shown.  If unchecked, the menus will be truncated to show only the commands you use frequently.
• Show full menus after a short delay - this option allows you to specify whether or not you want to show the full menus after a short delay.  This command is only functional if the 'Always show full menus' option is checked.
• 
this button will reset all menu usage data that has been saved.  This data includes the most commonly used commands.
• Large Icons - this will change the icon size of all buttons in the UI from 16 pixels x 16 pixels to 38 pixels x 38 pixels.

example –

normal (small) icon =  

large icon =

  The actual size of the icons will depend on you screen resolution and DPI settings.

• Show ScreenTips on toolbars - this option allows you to specify whether or not you would like the 'tool tip' to be displayed when you hover your Mouse Pointer over a command button on a toolbar.
• Show shortcut keys in ScreenTips - this option allows you to specify whether or not you would like the button's shortcut keys to be displayed on the tool tip.
• Menu Animations - this allows you to specify how the menu animations are shown when you open one of the command menus.

Appearance
This tab allows you to specify the color scheme of the UI

This tab has the following options
• Visual Theme - this allows you to select from a list of preset themes.  Each one will display the UI in different colors.
• Style (Office 2007 only) - this allows you to specify the colors used for the Microsoft Office 2007 Visual Theme.