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Using the Editor Pane

The Editor pane is on the right side of the Presentation Designer window. From this pane, you can customize a host screen form or a user-defined form and check the results, viewing the form as a user would at runtime. The Editor pane has three tabs: Interact, Customize, and Preview.

Note On the Customize tab, there are two toolbars available for your convenience as you customize an application — the Controls Toolbar and the Editing Toolbar.
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Interact Using an active session connection, you can navigate through the screens of a live host session. As you do so, a corresponding form is created for each screen. The Interact page renders the incoming stream from the host into a graphical format, applying the properties set by the theme you have selected.

The forms contain all the text and fields that you see on the host screens. These forms will eventually comprise an application. You can combine user-defined forms with active host screen forms in your application if you wish.

Customize Customize a form. There are several ways to customize forms — for forms created from live host screens, you may want to remove certain fields and elements that aren't necessary for your users. When you select this page, the Controls Toolbar becomes available. When you interact with a live host session, screen bindings are created automatically as you add control elements to your form. However, for a user-defined form, you will need to set the properties of controls, and specify how you want the controls to behave.

Note In the Properties pane (which displays at the bottom left of the Presentation Designer window) on the Data tab, double-click Screen Bindings in the Value column to access the Screen Binding Editor.

You can define in the Properties pane the characteristics (such as size, color, screen location) or behaviors (whether it is enabled, and so on) for each control. When you select a control the Editing Toolbar, which includes shortcuts to some commonly used menu items (such as cut, copy, and paste), and buttons with which you can adjust the position of controls you have placed on a form, is available.

Undo and Redo functions are available in Customize mode. From the Edit menu, choose Undo or Redo to reverse or reinstate the last actions on the controls. There are also Undo and Redo buttons on the Editing Toolbar. You can set a default undo level so the designer keeps that number of form customizations available for undo or redo operations. This setting is located on the Editor page in the Project Properties dialog box. You can access Project Properties from the Edit menu or click the Project Properties button on the designer toolbar.

Note Property changes are affected by undo or redo operations with the exception of the event tied to a control. For example, if you delete a button control with an event, the undo operation restores the control and all its properties except the event previously created for the button.
Preview See how your form will appear to the user at run-time. You can also use the Preview page to double-check your progress as you position new controls.
Note When you select the Preview tab in the Editor pane, the Controls and Editing Toolbars are no longer visible.
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