Overview of Embed environment

When you start Embed for the first time, an Embed window is opened containing an empty block diagram named Diagram1.

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Title bar

The title bar displays the name of the currently opened diagram and your current location in the diagram. If your diagram contains unsaved changes, an asterisk is appended to the diagram name.

Work area

The work area is the largest part of the window. Here you build your models in the form of block diagrams. A block diagram provides a clear and concise graphical representation of the mathematics of a system model. It is composed of blocks connected by wires that pass signals, or data, from one block to another.

Menu bar

The menu bar contains drop down menus for all commands and blocks. You can customize the menu bar with your own menu items, commands, and blocks using the Edit > Preferences > Menu Directories command.

Commands and blocks can also be accessed from the block browser, toolbar, pop-up menus, and short-cut keyboard commands. For example, to open a new diagram, you select File > New from the menu, or you can click the NEW toolbar button.


Toolbar buttons represent commonly used commands and blocks. As you drag the cursor over a toolbar button, a pop-up description of the button appears. To select a toolbar button, just click on it.

Toolbar buttons are grouped in nine categories: Annotation Blocks, Arithmetic Blocks, Boolean Blocks, Consumer Blocks, Dynamic Blocks, Main, Sim Control, User, and Producer Blocks. By default, the Main and Sim Control toolbars appear when you start Embed. The six Blocks toolbar contain the most commonly used blocks from the corresponding block category. The User toolbar lets you create your own toolbar buttons.


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Display or hide toolbars

Select View > Tool Bar.

Move a cluster of toolbar buttons

Drag the toolbar cluster to where you want it to appear.

Create custom toolbar buttons

Select Tools > Customize > User Tool Bar.

Change the button size

Select View > Tool Bar.

Sometimes, when a toolbar button is dimmed, it is because the last mouse position was in the left windowpane. Click the mouse anywhere in the right windowpane to activate all available toolbar buttons.

Block and diagram browser

The block browser provides a convenient way to insert blocks into a diagram. The blocks include the standard blocks, OpenVision blocks, and State Chart blocks. The block browser will include the Embedded blocks, Comm blocks, and Digital Power blocks, if you have these add-ons.

Scroll bars

As your models become larger and more complex, finding easy ways to move around your diagram is essential. The scroll bars that run along the bottom and right side of the Embed window let you pan to sections of your diagram that are not currently visible on the screen. To hide or show the scroll bars, use the Edit > Preferences command.

You can also use the zoom toolbar buttons toolbar buttons to shrink or enlarge the diagram.

Status bar

The status bar displays information about the current state of your diagram, including the total number of blocks in the diagram, along with the specified simulation range, step size, and integration algorithm. If the simulation is running, the current simulation time is also displayed.

When you drag the mouse over a menu, menu command, or toolbar button, Embed displays a brief description of the item in the status bar.

Use the View > Status Bar command to show or hide the status bar.