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Chapter�6.�The Menu and Toolbar Items

Neil Lucock

Krishna Tateneni

Anne-Marie Mahfouf

KPresenter presents different types of interfaces for you to interact with the program. Perhaps the most familiar type of interface is the menu which appears on the top of the KPresenter window.

Clicking on the menu items gives you a list of commands from which you can choose the one you want. Many of the commands can also be accessed directly by holding down Ctrl or Alt and pressing another key on your keyboard. In the next section, each of the menu commands is described in brief.

The Toolbars

Manipulating the Toolbars

In addition to the menus, KPresenter also has a set of toolbars. Each toolbar consists of a collection of icons. A toolbar icon often presents a convenient shortcut to a command that is found in one of the menus.


The toolbars

You can move the toolbar around by dragging the handle, shown here in red. Toolbars can be “docked” or attached to any side of the KPresenter window. If you like, you can also have the toolbar “float” in its own window, separated from the main KPresenter window as shown in the screenshot below:


Floating toolbar

If you don't like dragging toolbars around, right click on the handle and a menu pops up as shown in the screenshot below:


Toolbar context menu

The first few items in the popup menu have to do with the placement of the toolbar. You can choose any of the four sides of the KPresenter window, or have the toolbar “float” in a separate window. Choosing Flat hides the toolbar. To unflat a hidden toolbar, left mouse button click on its handle.

Choosing the next item in the menu, Text Position , leads to an additional menu which lets you control the appearance of the items in toolbar. This additional cascading menu is shown in the screenshot below:


The toolbar modes menu

The default view of the toolbar is icons only. In this view, if you don't know what a particular icon means, you can hold the mouse over the icon, and after a second or so, a little hint pops up in a highlighted text box as shown in the screenshot below:


Tooltips

You can choose to display the toolbar items as text instead of icons, or even to combine both icons and text. If you want both text and icons, the cascading menu allows you to select whether the text appears beside the icons or below them. All four styles of displaying toolbar items are shown in the screenshot below:


The toolbar styles

The KPresenter menus are discussed in the following sections.




 
 
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