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Edit Controls

Add Controls

The tool window on the left side is control palette, it represents controls by icons. Add a control to your menu by selecting the control on the palette, then clicking on the design window where you want to place it, or drag a rectangle on the design window with left mouse button down.

If you want to add a same control more than one count, press SHIFT when selecting the control on the palette, then place it on the design window, the selection will kept. To cancel your selection, just click the button with an arrow icon on the palette.

Double click on the control palette can add a control to the design window too.

Select Controls

Click controls on the design window, eight little rectangle will show around the control you click, then you can edit it. To select more than one control, hold SHIFT and click on each control you want to select, or just press left button down in the empty area then drag the mouse to select controls.

DeleteControls

Select the controls you want to delete, then use menu Edit -> Delete or tool button Delete or just press Delete key. After deleting selected controls, AutoPlay Menu Builder will select another control automatically if there is one control at least on current page (or the first page if you have checked Always Show the First Page in Project Options).

DuplicateControls

If you want to create several controls almost with same properties, you needn't to create each one and set properties of each one. Just create a control and set its properties, then use menu Edit -> Duplicate or tool button Duplicate or press shortcut Ctrl+D to duplicate a same control with same properties fully. AutoPlay Menu Builder will select the control which is duplicated automatically. You can also select more than one control and duplicate all of them.

Clipboard Operation ofControls

You can cut or copy the selected controls to clipboard, and paste controls in clipboard to the designer window. Like other windows program, you can use these three shortcuts, Ctrl+X (Cut), Ctrl+C (Copy) & Ctrl+V (Paste).

MoveControlsto Other Page

Click menu Edit -> Send to Page, then you can move the selected controls to another page.

Position and Size ofControls

To change the position of a control, just drag it to the new position. To change the size of one control, select it, then drag the eight little black rectangle to resize it. When changing the position or size of a control, it will snap to grid automatically. You can click menu View -> Options and launch Options dialog to change the grid size or determine whether snap to grid. The default grid size is 8. Click on menu Edit -> Align to Grid, you can align a control to grid manually. These two menus Edit -> Send to Back, Edit -> Bring to Front can change the Z-Order of controls. For some special reasons, These controls Scroll Text, Text Box, Flash Movie, Web Browser and Media Player can't be sent to back of other controls, they must be on top.

There is several shortcut keys to change the position and size of controls pixel by pixel. Use Arrow Key to change position of controls, and Shift+Arrow Key to change size of controls.

Click menu Edit -> Lock Control(s), you can lock the selected control(s) in current position and size. Click menu Edit -> Group Controls, you can bind the selected controls as a group, if controls are grouped, they can be selected and moved together only.

Alignment Palette

You can use menu View -> Alignment Palette to show/hide the alignment palette.

Use the alignment palette to align controls to the form, or with each other. The alignment palette has tool tip help for each button. If you are unsure of how a particular button on the alignment palette acts, click and hold on to the button. The icon on the button changes to show you how it will align the selected controls. To apply the button's alignment to a selection, release the button. To prevent alignment after you click and hold the button, drag the mouse off the palette before releasing the mouse button.

Properties ofControls

Select a control, the inspector window will show properties of it, then you can edit it. These controls, Hot Label, Button, Cool Button, Cool Label, Cool Text, Shape, Text Animator & Image also have action properties, you can edit them in the actions page of inspector window. You can also select more than one controls of same type, and edit properties of them at the same time. For Example, you can select all the buttons on the menu, and change their font property to the same, or you can select all the action controls, and change their mouse enter sound and mouse click sound to a same one.

Tips

Right click on controls, a quick menu which is the same as Edit menu will popup.



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