Changing the Layout

The plot, worksheet, grid editor, 3D view window, Properties window, and Contents window are in a docked view by default. However, they can be displayed as floating windows. The visibility, size, and position of each item may be changed.


Use the View | Show/Hide commands to toggle the display of the rulers, drawing grid, status bar, Contents window, and Properties window. Alternatively, click the or buttons in the Contents and Properties windows to auto-hide or close the windows.

Right-click the ribbon or quick access toolbar to minimize the ribbon, move the quick access toolbar above or below the ribbon, and customize the ribbon or quick access toolbar.

Auto-Hiding the Contents or Properties Windows

Click the button to auto-hide a docked Contents or Properties window. The window slides to the side of the Surfer main window and a tab appears with the window name.


The Contents appears as a tab on the side of the window.

Position the mouse pointer over the tab to view the window. Move your mouse away from the window and the window "hides" again. Click inside the window to anchor it at its current position. Click in another window to release the anchor and hide the window. Click the button to return the window to a docked position.


Drag the sides of the application window, Contents window, Properties window, or document window to change its size. If a window is docked, its left and right bounds are indicated by a cursor, and its upper and lower bounds are indicated by a cursor. Click and drag the cursor to change the size.


To change the position of a docked window, click the title bar and drag it to a new location. To dock the Contents or Properties windows, use the docking mechanism. Double-click the window's title bar to toggle between floating and docked modes. Left-click the title bar of a window 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.

The docking mechanism makes it easy to position the Contents and Properties windows.

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 window to be docked in the specified location.

This image displays the Properties window being docked to the right side of the Surfer plot window.

Restoring the Windows to Their Original Locations

If the Contents or Properties windows have moved or become invisible, or if they are in undesired locations, you can use the View | Windows | Reset Windows command to move them back to their original locations. You must restart Surfer for the changes to take effect.

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Reset Windows