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The User Interface

Attachmate Reflection 2008 uses what is known as the Ribbon user interface, which shares the look-and-feel of Microsoft Windows Vista and Office 2007.

Workspace and Layouts

Most of your work in Reflection will be done in the application frame, which is called the workspace. The workspace incorporates these elements:

 

Reflection button

The Reflection button

From this button, which bears the Attachmate logo, you access the product menu containing layout options, application and document settings, and a list of recent documents.

 

Quick Access Toolbar

Quick Access toolbar

From this toolbar, located in the upper-left corner, you can perform common tasks and access document settings.

 

Search

Search the current document, or use the associated drop-down menu to search all open documents, screen history, your desktop, the Reflection Help system, or the Web.

From other locations in the product, you can also search settings pages, the Help system, or the Attachmate Support site.

 

Help

Help button

Click this button, located to the right of the Search box, to open the Reflection Help system, or use the associated drop-down menu to access VBA or API documentation, or to launch the Attachmate Support site.

 

Ribbon

In the area between the Quick Access toolbar and the document window is the Ribbon, a dynamic, collapsible device that organizes commands, buttons, and other controls on tabs for each task area.

Double-click any tab in the Ribbon to hide or show the Ribbon. Or, if you prefer, you can map a keyboard shortcut to show or hide the Ribbon with a keystroke. Sessions using the default 3270 or 5250 keyboard map already have this action mapped to CTRL+F1.

A Classic UI option is available for those who prefer to use menus and toolbars. When using the Classic UI, only one document can be open in a workspace, and other features may not be available.

 

Document window

The document window is the area in which your terminal sessions or Web pages are displayed.

You can increase the size of the document window by hiding the Ribbon or by choosing Full Screen mode. In Full Screen mode, Reflection expands the document window to fill your entire screen, creating more space in which to display your documents.

Documents in the workspace are displayed in tabs by default. If you prefer, you can choose to display them in windows that can be tiled or cascaded.

 

Status bar

Using a combination of text and icons, the enhanced status bar displays information about the selected tab, such as the name and connection status of terminal sessions, or the URL of Web sessions, the screen mode, and the current transfer mode.

 

Task panes

When you select Screen History or productivity features such as Scratch Pad, task panes are opened next to the document tabs. These panes can be moved or resized, and their content can be saved as separate files.

Note: To reopen the file later, it must be saved in a trusted location.

The size and location of the workspace, along with all open terminal sessions, Web pages, and task panes, is referred to as the layout. You can save the settings of a layout to a file. When reopened, a layout file automatically opens the saved documents and repositions the workspace to the specified size and location.

Documents

A document is a file that specifies the settings and behavior of a terminal session, a Web page, a printer session, or an FTP client session.

When you open a document, the related session or Web page is opened, either in the workspace (for terminal sessions and Web pages) or in a separate window (for printer sessions and FTP client sessions).

The document for a terminal session contains configuration settings for host-specific information. It also includes pointers to other files that are used to control the appearance of the session, such as the theme file, and to files that control input and text handling, such as the keyboard map file and the Ribbon file.

You can open any number of terminal sessions or Web pages in the workspace, and reopen them from the Recent Documents list.The document name appears on the tab label unless a different name has been specified in a layout. The name of the selected document appears in the title bar of the workspace.

Appearance

You can control the appearance of documents in the workspace using themes, which combine color specifications for text and backgrounds, cursor types, and sounds for session-level events.

You can also select a color scheme for the workspace and ribbon background and sounds for workspace events.

In this Section

Configuring Reflection

Use a Keyboard to Interact with Reflection

Change the UI Language

Customize the Quick Access Toolbar

Configure Color Settings

Select a Cursor Style

Map a Sound to an Event

Stop Showing the Create New Document Dialog Box

Using the Clipboard (3270 and 5250)

Enter or Integrate Host Data Using the Clipboard

Select and Mark Text on a Terminal Screen

Configure Workspace Arrangement

Using Layouts

Customize the Ribbon

Minimize the Ribbon

Create New Document Dialog Box

Configure Workspace Settings Dialog Box

Manage Themes Dialog Box

Select a Theme File Dialog Box

Modify Theme Dialog Box (3270 Terminal Sessions)

Modify Theme Dialog Box (5250 Terminal Sessions)

Modify Theme Dialog Box (VT Terminal Sessions)

Create a New Theme File