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The User Interface

With Reflection 2011, you can display sessions in three types of user interfaces: Ribbon, Browser, and Classic.

The Ribbon interface shares the look and feel of Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010. In the area between the Quick Access toolbar (the toolbar in the upper-left corner) 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.

The Reflection button

The Browser interface has a look and feel that is similar to the latest Web browsers. You can access comands from the Reflection menu or from the Quick Access toolbar. You can also access commands by searching for them in the search box and then clicking on the search results.

The Reflection button

A Classic UI option is also available.When using the Classic UI, only one document can be open in a workspace, and other features may not be available.

Workspace and Layouts

Most of your work in Reflection will be done in the application frame, which is called the workspace.

You can configure your workspace with several different types of "look and feel" settings that provide different ways to access the workspace menu, which contains layout options, application and document settings, and a list of recent documents.


If you are using this look and feel

Access the workspace menu from...


The Reflection button

Microsoft Office 2007

The Reflection button The Reflection button


The Reflection button

Microsoft Office 2010

The File menu


The Reflection button

Reflection Browser

The Reflection menu

The workspace incorporates these elements:


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 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.

When using the Reflection Browser, you can also search for commands (for example, Trace), and then choose a command from the search results. (In other words, you can use the search results like a menu.)



Help button

When using the Ribbon, 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.

When using the Reflection Browser, access the Help from the Reflection menu.


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 are using the Reflection Ribbon, 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.


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.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.


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

Using the Browser

Configuring Reflection

Using Layouts

Customize 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)

Manage QuickPads Dialog Box