One of the benefits of Contributor's user interface is that it is flexible and easy to customize to meet your needs. Following are some of the ways you can customize the workspace.
Simply because a window pane or tab is attached to a particular area of the program window by default, does not mean it has to stay there.
Floating and Moving User Interface Elements You can float an element that displays with a tab by clicking the tab and dragging it down until it floats.
Another way to float an element is to click on it and select Window>Float.
You can move window panes displayed in accordion view by clicking the "Drag Pane" section . To drag all of the window panes grouped together, click this button in the upper-left corner of the window pane. To drag a single window pane, click this button in the accordion bar for that window pane. Hold down your mouse and drag the window panes where you want them. If you drop a window pane at a random location in the program window, it becomes a "floating" window.
Docking User Interface Elements Docking an element that is floating means to attach it to a particular part of the program window. To do this, click in the title bar, drag it to the edge where you want to dock it, and drop it onto one of the small squares that appear in the interface. The portion of the square that has color indicates where the window pane will be docked.
Dock in center of workspace
Dock on left side of workspace
Dock on right side of workspace
Dock on top side of workspace
Dock on bottom side of workspace
In the top-right corner of every window pane, you will see a small button that looks like a pin . If you click this button, the window pane is hidden (or "pinned" to the edge of the program window). However, you can still see the title of the window pane along the edge of the program window. When you hover over the title, the window pane temporarily displays again until you move the mouse off the window pane. Click the button again to "un-pin" the window pane.
You can easily resize the program window, dialog windows, and floating window panes in Contributor by clicking the edge of the element and dragging the mouse to the desired size. You can also resize drop-down menus in the same way.
You can choose how to view window panes in the workspace.
- Accordion Tabs Stacks the document tabs below the window pane or editor.
- Standard Tabs on Top Places the document tabs on the top of the window pane or editor.
- Standard Tabs on Bottom Places the document tabs on the bottom of the window pane or editor.
To switch between tab types, right-click in the title bar of the window pane or editor and select a view.
When you move window panes around in the interface, the configuration (or "layout") of the workspace is changed. Contributor lets you save different layouts of the interface, in case you want to use one layout for a certain purpose and a different layout for another purpose.
For more information (including steps on saving, selecting, and resetting layouts), see Window Layouts.
You can use the Interface tab on the Options dialog to choose a color scheme for the interface. See Selecting an Interface Color Theme.
By default ribbons are used when you install and launch Contributor for the first time. However, you can use the Options dialog to switch back to the classic tool strip. See Switching Between Ribbons and the Tool Strip.