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The menu bar, located just beneath the title bar, enable access to many types of functionality.  Most menu options access panels, but some options perform other tasks such as configuring the layout of the environment.


Each menu contains many different options, and clicking on the menu name (such as Mesh) "pulls down" a list of the options available in that menu:


Notice that there are three lists of options displayed in this screen shot; this is because some menu items have sub-menus of additional options.  This approach sub-groups similar features together, rather than presenting every option in a single list (which could result in very long lists).

Menu items can work in several different ways:



Sub-Menu heading

These items are marked with a triangular arrow.  Selecting a sub-menu heading opens a sub-menu of options related to the sub-menu heading.  This method allows similar commands to be grouped logically, and helps prevent any single menu list from becoming excessively long.


When clicked, these items are marked with a checkbox and activate or deactivate a feature.


Most menu items simply execute a command when selected, such as accessing a specific panel.

There are multiple ways to select a pull down menu or a menu item within it:




Click the menu or menu item with the mouse.

Keyboard (menu)

First, press the alt key to activate the menu area.  Then:

Use the keyboard key indicated by the menu or item; these keys are underlined (as the "F" in the File menu).


Use the left and right arrow keys to move among the menu headings, and the up and down arrow keys to open a menu and navigate among its options.

Keyboard (menu item)

Menu items can be selected with the keyboard in two ways:

Use the keyboard key indicated by the menu item; these keys are underlined (as the "O" in the Open menu item).


Use the arrow keys to move among list of options, and press enter to select a highlighted option.

Each of the pull down menus group certain types of functions:




Contains functions to load, save, import, and export models and other files.

Note:To work with only one model at a time, use load.  To add extra models to your workspace, use import.


Change the visibility and location of tab area items, among other options.


Tools for geometry editing and cleanup.


Meshing tools, such as automesh, element edit, etc.


Setup functionalities.


Tool functionalities.


Quickly access other HyperForm user profiles.


HyperForm preferences such color and lighting configurations, and geometry and meshing settings.


Access the online Help system.



See Also:

User Interface