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Appearance Options

It is possible to tailor the appearance of the Specification Manager view to better display the information you want to examine.

Access Tools | Specification Manager: | Appearance

Adjust the appearance of the display



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Display of Notes

In the Specification Manager you can choose to hide, check, or create and edit Notes text on the screen.

Click on one of these options:

  • 'Hide Notes' to not show the Notes at all; the element rows close up
  • 'Notes Preview' to show the first line of Notes text for each element; in this mode, you cannot edit the Notes text in the Specification Manager, only in the Notes window
  • 'Full Notes Inline' to show the complete Notes text for each element underneath the element name; in this mode you can create, edit and delete Notes text in the Specification Manager and perform the same operations as are available in the Notes window context menu
  • 'Full Notes in Column' to show the complete Notes text for each element in a  new column next to the element names; you have the same freedom to edit the text as for 'Full Notes Inline'


Display element names in bold

Click on the 'Bold Requirement Name' option. All element names, including the names of child elements, are displayed in bold.

Enable the use of Expansion boxes on parent elements

If an element has child elements, you can configure the Specification Manager to either:

  • Hide the child elements but provide an expansion box that you can click on to open and collapse the element hierarchy (select the 'Allow Collapsible Regions' option), or
  • Automatically display the child elements indented underneath the parent element (deselect the 'Allow Collapsible Regions' option)

Highlight the current element details

When you click on an element name or property, the Specification Manager defaults to indicating the selection with side bars and/or underlines. You can, if you prefer, also highlight the entire row of data for the element, by toggling the 'Highlight Selected Row' option.

Specification Manager - Overview

Change Font Sizes of display

Across the Specification Manager view, the various display components such as parent element names, child element names, Notes/property values and column headings each have their own font size. You can select to increase or decrease the font sizes as a set across the display, relative to the current sizes.

Select the 'Font Size' option and either:

  • 'Small'
  • 'Medium' or
  • 'Large'

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