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Using the Display Panel

The 'Display' panel provides a range of options that make it possible to tailor the appearance of the Specification Manager view, to better display the information you want to examine. There are options providing visual cues, such as highlighting the selected element and using bold fonts to emphasize element names, as well as options to filter the list of elements that is displayed.

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Bold Names

Use this option to turn on or off, the use of Bold element names in the Specification Manager view.

When on, all element names, including the names of child elements, are displayed using bold font.

Appearance Options

Collapsible Regions

Use this option to 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)
Appearance Options

Highlight Selection

Use this option to actively highlight the currently selected row. 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 selecting the 'Highlight Selected Row' option. This is only relevant when columns are visible.

Appearance Options

Filter Bar

Use this option to show or hide the Filter Bar, which allows filtering of the visible items in the Specification Manager view.

The Filter Bar displays underneath the column headings and consists of a row of fields, one field per column. As you type a value into one of these filter fields, element rows in the Specification Manager list are hidden unless the value in the corresponding column contains the value in the filter field.

Customize Columns

Font Size

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.

Specify the default font size based on preference:

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
Appearance Options