Changing the Window Layout

The windows and managers display in a docked view by default; however, they can also be displayed as floating windows. The visibility, size, and position of each item may also be changed.



Use the View | Managers commands to toggle the display of the Object Manager, Property Manager, Table Manager, and View Manager. Alternatively, you can click the button in the title bar of the Object Manager, Property Manager, Table Manager, or View Manager to close the manager window. The Property Manager can also be opened by double-clicking on an object.


Auto-Hiding Managers

Click the button to auto-hide a docked manager. The manager slides to the side or bottom of the main Strater window and a tab appears with the window name.

The Object Manager appears

as a tab on the side of the window.


Position the mouse pointer over the tab to view the manager. Move your mouse away from the manager and the manager "hides" again. You can also click inside the manager to anchor it at its current position. Click in another manager to release the anchor and hide the manager. Click the button to disable the auto-hide feature.



Drag the sides of a floating window or manager to change its size. If a window or manager is docked, its upper and lower bounds are indicated by a or cursor. Move the cursor to change the size.



To change the position of a docked manager, click the title bar and drag it to a new location. The entire manager is displayed if the manager is floating. To dock the manager, use the docking mechanism. You can also double-click the manager's title bar to toggle between floating and docked modes.  A tabbed manager view is also an option. The Table Manager and View Manager are displayed as tabbed managers by default.


Docking Mechanism

Left-click the title bar of a manager and drag it to a new location while holding the left mouse button. The docking mechanism displays with arrow indicators as you move the manager.


The docking indicator

can lock the location of

the Object Manager.


When the cursor touches one of the docking indicators in the docking mechanism, a blue rectangle shows the window docking position. Release the left mouse button to allow the manager to be docked in the specified location.

This image displays the Table Manager being docked to the right side of the Strater window.


Tabbed Managers

To create tabbed managers:

  1. Drag one manager on top of another window.

  2. Hover over the center section of the docking mechanism. The blue area shows where the tabbed manager will display.

  3. Release the mouse button.

To return to individual managers from the tabbed view:

  1. Click on the manager's name on the tab.

  2. Drag the tab to a new position.

Click on a manager's tab and drag it to a

new position to separate the managers.



Restoring the Managers and Windows to Their Original Locations

If the windows or managers have moved or become invisible, or if they are in undesired locations, you can use the View | Windows | Reset Windows command to move them back to their original locations. You must restart Strater for the changes to take effect.


 See Also

View Tab Commands

Property Manager

Object Manager

View Manager

Reset Windows