Contents

The Contents window displays the structure of all

the objects in the plow window.

The Contents window contains a hierarchical list of all objects in the plot window. The objects can be selected, arranged, moved, renamed, or deleted in the Contents window. Changes made in the Contents window are reflected in the plot window, and vice versa.

 

Displaying or Hiding the Contents Window

The Contents window is opened and closed with the View | Show/Hide | Contents command. Clear the Contents check box to hide the Contents window. Check the Contents check box to display the Contents window. Alternatively, you can click on the button in the title bar of the Contents window to close the window. You can also right-click on the Contents window title bar and click Hide. To activate the Contents window, click inside the Contents window or press ALT+F11 on the keyboard.

 

Auto Hide the Contents Window

You can increase the plot document space by minimizing the Contents window with the Auto Hide feature. To hide the manager, click on the button in the upper right corner of the Contents window. The window hides on the left, top, or right side of the plot window as a small tab labeled Contents.

 

To view the contents of the Contents window while in tab view, place the cursor directly over the tab. Click in the window to keep it open for use. Click outside the window to return it to the hidden position. Click on the button to return it to the normal display mode. Alternatively, right-click the Contents window title bar and select Auto Hide. You can also drag the sides the Contents window to change the size of the window.

 

Changing the Contents Window Location - Floating vs. Docking

The Contents window can be docked on the edge of the Surfer window or floated as a dialog. The Contents window is displayed in a docked view by default. The manager can also be detached to display as a floating window. Double-click on the Contents window title bar to toggle between floating and docked modes. Alternatively, right-click the Contents window title bar and select Floating, Docking, Auto Hide, or Hide.

 

To change the position of the docked Contents window, left-click the title bar of the 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 window. 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.


The docking mechanism
displays with docking indicators.

 

Object Tree

If an object contains sub-objects, a or is located to the left of the object name. Click on the or button to expand or collapse the list. For example, a map object normally contains at least one map layer (e.g. Contours) and four axes. The Map object may contain many other objects. To expand the Map tree, click on the control. You can also select the item, and press the PLUS key on the numeric keypad or press the RIGHT ARROW key on your keyboard. To collapse a branch of the tree, click on the control. You can also select the item, and press the MINUS key on the numeric keypad or press the LEFT ARROW key. The expansion state of sub-objects in the Contents window is retained in the Surfer file .SRF. Use the Expand new Contents window items option in the Options dialog to control the expansion state of new objects in Contents window .

 

The + sign to left of the Group indicates it is collapsed.

The - sign to the left of the Map indicates it is expanded.

 

Arranging Objects

To change the display order of the objects with the mouse, select an object and drag it to a new position in the list above or below an object at the same level in the tree. The pointer changes to a black arrow if the object can be moved to the cursor location, or a red circle with a diagonal line if the object cannot be moved to the indicated location. Alternatively, select an object and use the Bring to Front, Send to Back, Bring Forward, and Send Backward commands. These commands can be accessed in the Layout | Arrange command group or by right-clicking on an object in the Contents window.

 

Object Visibility

Each object in the Contents window includes an icon indicating the type of object and a text label for the object. All objects also have a check box that indicates if the object is visible. A indicates the object is visible. A indicates the object is not visible. Click on the check box to change the visibility state of the object. Invisible objects do not appear in the plot window and do not appear on printed output. The visibility check box also controls the visibility for all of its sub-objects. For example, if a Map object is made invisible the axes and layers within the Map will also be hidden. Note that if a surface is made invisible, any overlays also become invisible.

 

A check mark indicates the object is visible.

In this example, the grid values layer is not visible.

 

Locked Objects

Objects and layers can be locked to prevent changes to their size and position with the Lock Position command. When an object or layer is locked, a small lock icon appears in the lower-right corner of the visibility check box. When a map, group, or base layer object is locked, all of its sub-objects are automatically locked.

 

The lock icon indicates the object is locked.

In this example a polygon and

base map layer are locked.

 

Opening Object Properties

To display the properties for an object, click once on the object in the Contents window or in the plot window. The properties are displayed in the Properties window. To display a context menu of available actions for an object, right-click on that object. When the Properties window is hidden or closed, double-clicking on an object in the Contents window opens the Properties window with the properties for the selected object displayed. The map properties control the map's View, Scale, Limits, Frame, and Coordinate System. Each map layer has specific properties that controls the options for the specific map type. Each map axis also has properties.

 

Selecting Objects

To select an item in the Contents window, click on the item or press the arrow keys, and the object text is highlighted. The selection handles in the plot change to indicate the selected item. If you select an object in the plot window, its name is selected in the Contents window as well. Only one nested object can be selected at a time. For example, it is not currently possible to select two axes at once.

 

To select multiple objects at the same level in the tree, hold down the CTRL key and click on each object. To select multiple contiguous objects at the same level in the tree, select the first object, and then hold down the SHIFT key and click on the last object.

 

The Group and 3D Map objects were clicked while holding CTRL.

The Group and 3D Map objects were clicked while holding SHIFT.

 

Renaming Objects

To edit an object’s text ID, select the object in the Contents window and then click again on the selected item (two slow clicks) to edit the text ID associated with an object. You must allow enough time between the two clicks so it is not interpreted as a double-click. Enter the new name into the box. Alternatively, you can right-click on an object name and select Rename Object, click the Home | Selection | Rename command, or press F2 on the keyboard. Enter an ID in the Rename Object dialog and click OK.

 

Deleting Objects

To delete an object, select the object and press the DELETE key. To move a map layer from one map to a new map, click on the map layer and click Map Tools | Layer Tools | Break Apart. Alternatively right-click on the map layer and select Break Apart Layer.

 

Scroll the Contents Window

If the list of objects in the Contents window is long, you can use the scroll bar on the side of the Contents window to scroll down to an object. Alternatively, you can use the mouse scroll wheel to scroll down. To scroll down using the mouse, click once in the Contents window to select the window. Roll the mouse wheel backward to scroll lower in the Contents window. Roll the mouse wheel forward to scroll higher in the Contents window .

 

 

See Also

Selecting Objects

Rename Object

Options - User Interface