How to customise the interface
    • 01 Aug 2022
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    How to customise the interface

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    Article Summary

    The Flood Modeller interface can be customised in multiple ways. The default layout when you open the software is shown below.


    Interface area

    Compatible custom actions


    Roll up (hide) / roll down (visible)

    Customise button arrangements

    Customise cursors assigned to functions


    Hide behind other panels

    Drag to another area of interface

    Drag out of interface

    Pin / unpin – unpinned panels only appear when cursor hovers on their tab at the side of the screen

    Maximise – fills all of the zonal area on interface where it is located (not full screen)

    Close – turn off panel (can be restored using Layout menu on Home tab)

    Map view

    Hide behind other panels by expanding adjacent panels.

    Drag to another area of interface, e.g. left of project window, right of network table.

    Drag out of interface, e.g. to a second screen

    Quick access toolbar

    Position above or below main toolbar

    Customise button arrangements

    The following sections detail how each custom action is implemented.

    Resize panels

    Resize panels (so others become hidden behind) – the vertical edges dividing the map and adjacent panels can be moved left or right to change the widths of these panels. Click and hold the left mouse button on an edge of the map panel. You can then drag the edge left or right. You can continue to drag until the edge of the interface is reached, e.g. expand to completely obscure the map as shown in the example below.


    Drag panels

    Drag panels to different zones within the interface – if you click on the header of a panel and hold down the mouse button you can drag the panel to a new location. As you move it within the confines of the Flood Modeller interface possible predefined locations are displayed, e.g. centre, right panel, left panel, below map, etc. If you move the mouse over one the predefined location indicators and release the mouse button the panel will be docked to this location.

    Alternatively if you release the mouse button anywhere else on the interface then the panel will just be located there as an undocked window (i.e. same size as when it was been moved).

    The displaying of docking locations on the interface is shown in the example below:


    Use multiple screens

    Utilise multiple screens - if you click on the header of a panel and hold down the mouse button you can drag the panel off the Flood Modeller interface. It then becomes a standalone window that can be placed on a second monitor screen. After releasing the mouse button you can click on the window header to maximise it on the screen it has been moved to. This is particularly useful for maximising the display area for the map view.

    Pin/unpin panels

    Pin / unpin panels – some panels have a pin icon on their header, as shown below.


    When the pin points downwards the panel is docked and visible (the default setting). Clicking on the pin will change the pin icon to be horizontal. In this mode the panel is not permanently docked. When the cursor moves off the panel, the panel will move off the Flood Modeller interface leaving just a tab at the edge of the interface, as shown below. Holding the mouse over a tab will move the panel back into view allowing you to work on it.


    Click on the pin icon in the panel header a second time to re-dock the panel so that it remains permanently in view.

    Close panels

    Close panels – Panel headers include an “X” icon which will remove the panel from the interface when clicked. This can be useful to maximise the space available for the map view or to simplify the interface (by removing panels that are not required, e.g. 1D network table is not needed when building a 2D only model). Panels can be restored by accessing the Layout menu on the Home tab of the main toolbar. Click on a panel in the menu to restore it (active panels will have a tick next to them).

    Maximise panels

    Maximise panels – Some panels have a maximise icon on the header, Projectsimagesmaximisepanels.jpg. Clicking this when the panel is docked will maximise it to fill the docking zone it is in, e.g. left side of map. However, if you undock the window by dragging it across the interface and then click to maximise the panel will expand to fill the screen. Clicking the icon a second time will revert the panel to its previous size.

    Add key functions to Quick Access Toolbar

    Add key functions to Quick Access Toolbar – Right-clicking on any button on the main toolbar will display a menu. This includes an option to Add to Quick Access Bar. Selecting this will create a small copy of the button in the quick access toolbar at the top of the interface.


    Customise tabs

    Customise ribbon of main toolbar - Right-clicking on any button on the main toolbar will display a menu. Select the Customise the Ribbon option and a new window is displayed as shown below:


    This window allows you to:

    • Change the button content of each tab of the main toolbar
    • Turn on/off tabs
    • Change the order of tabs

    Save custom layouts

    A custom layout of the Flood Modeller panels can also be saved. These setups are not part of the project, instead they are stored as settings associated to you as the user. When you next start a Flood Modeller session the software will start up with your last used setup of panels. Furthermore any setups you have saved can be recalled by accessing the Layout menu on the Home tab of the main toolbar, as shown below:


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