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Navigator
Drag and drop text
It is often easier to drag and drop a piece of text than to copy and paste it. To do this, select a piece of text and drag it. When you drag the selection, an insertion point appears at the end of the cursor. Drag the insertion point to the desired location and release the mouse button.
Drag and drop can be used within a text box on a worksheet, a text file, a block’s structure win- dow, and between any combination of the above with one exception: it will not work between two separate text boxes. For example, if you double-click on the worksheet to open a text box, enter text into the text box, then select a portion of the text, you will not be able to move that text to another text box using drag and drop. This is because on the model worksheet, you can have only one text box open for editing at a time.
Formatting text
To type new text with a particular format, select the desired format before you start the text box. ExtendSim will remember that format every time you start new text.
To format existing text, access the text box, select the text, and then choose a command from the Text menu, such as Bold or Justify Center. You can also change the color of text using the Color palette. To do this, select the text in the box then click one of the colored squares in the palette as described in “Patterns and colors” on page 640.
☞ If you change the format of text within an existing text box, ExtendSim won’t use that format as the default for the model. To cause a format to be the default, change it before creating a text box.
The Border command adds a border with a drop shadow to the text. This can be a useful way to distinguish descriptive text from block labels or named connections. The text example on the left has a border.
With the Transparent command checked, text on top of another object won’t show its background color. With the command
unchecked, a white rectangle behind the text will overlap other objects. The examples are shown at the right.
Navigator
The Navigator is an explorer-like window that can be used for multi- ple purposes:
• Navigation through a model’s hierarchical structure and quick access to block dialogs in large models
• Accessing any databases used in the model
• Adding blocks to the model worksheet, as an alternative to getting
them from the Library menu
The Navigator is especially useful when presenting a model to others. Use it to explore the model by drilling down through hierarchical lay- ers to show subsystems or to quickly find blocks and access their dia- logs, no matter where they are in the model. See “Navigating through the Reservoir model” on page 38 for an example of using the Naviga- tor to explore a model.
Navigator with hierarchical block expanded
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