Amitrap
AmiTrap Main Hardware Software Amiga Emulation Music - Modules and MP3 Images, Gallery, Viewer Documents, PDF, service manuals Articles, lessons, HOWTO Workbench backgrounds, backdrops, patterns

Workbench menu: Deep analyze for beginners

workbench menu

Workbench menu

Backdrop (B)

This option specifies whether Workbench is displayed within a Window or a backdrop screen. If ticked then the screen is a backdrop. To save this, clear any windows and use Icons, Snapshot, Window.

Execute Command (E)

This option allows you to execute any AmigaDOS command without having to start up a Shell or CLI window. Enter the command you wish, with parameters and a window will appear with the results. Click on Close Window gadget to remove the window.

Redraw all

This option redraws all the icons on screen that may not have been refreshed due to badly programmed software. Hardly used these days.

Update all

This re-reads all mounted disks and opened drawers and redraws the entire display. Useful if something has been changed via the Shell and not updated on the Workbench screen.

Last Message

Repeats the last message displayed in the title bar on Workbench.

About (?)

Displays the version of Workbench and Kickstart you are using.

Quit (Q)

Shuts down Workbench only if all programs (esp. Commodities) have been closed down. Will display a message like `Cannot quit yet, there are x WB launched program(s)' if there are some still running. Use Exchange to close down commodities. Must start a Shell if you want to continue work after Quitting.

Window Menu

New Drawer (N)

Creates a new drawer (or directory) in the currently selected window. Defaults to `Unnamed1'. You will be prompted to enter a new name.

Open Parent

Opens a window of the parent directory or drawer of the current window or brings the existing parent window to the front.

Close (K)

Closes the currently selected window.

Update

Re-reads the contents of the current active windows and re-draws all the icons.

Select Contents (A)

Selects all the icons in the current window. Useful after a clean up and before a snapshot.

Clean up (.)

Re-arranges all the icons by size into a neat order. May be better to do this manually.

Snapshot

Includes two sub-menus: Window or All. Saves the position of a window or a window and all its icons so that next time the window is opened the icons appear in their new position.

Show

Includes two sub-menus: Only icons or All files. Displays all files which have icons and hides the remaining files or displays all files and hidden files are given default icon pictures.

View By

This has four sub menus: Icon, Name, Date, Size. Allows you to display files in a window by four methods. Icon displays in normal icon mode. Name, Date and Size displays files in a list and sorted by the method chosen. A tick appears by method selected.

Icon Menu

Open (O)

This is used on a selected icon. Instead of double clicking on an icon to show contents of a disk or drawer or run a program you can select an icon with the pointer and Select Open to display or run it.

Copy (C)

This option allows you to duplicate files and disks. To copy a file select the icon and then select Copy. Another icon will appear saying Copy_of_file , you can then move that file elsewhere or Rename it.

Rename (R)

This option allows you to change the name of a disk, a drawer or a file. Select the disk, drawer or file icon to rename, select rename, and then type in the new name in the given requester.

Information (I)

This option displays details of a given disk, drawer or file. Workbench has 5 types of workbench icons: Disk, Drawer, Trashcan, Project and Tool. A Trashcan is a special drawer for use with the `Empty Trash' feature to delete files. A Project is a data file and a Tool is a Program. Info will display the type, size, stack size, default file, comment and protection flags of a file.

Snapshot (S)

This savees the position of one or more icons to its new position.

Unsnapshot (U)

This removes the position information of an icon and allows Workbench to position the icon itself.

Leave out (L)

Allows an icon to be placed on the desktop and may be snapshot into place. Allows faster access to a program or drawer than via other disks and drawers.

Put Away (P)

Returns left out icons back into their original location on disk.

Delete

This is a delete function, to delete a file you would normally drag and drop the file into the Trashcan drawer to empty later. This option allows you to delete a file straight away. A requester may appear to confirm deletion.

Format Disk

This option formats a disk for use by the Amiga. It splits the disk into the right number of tracks/sectors and creates an empty root directory. It can also automatically create a Trashcan drawer. To use, select the disk to format and select Initialise.

Empty Trash

This option deletes all the files in a selected Trashcan drawer of a disk. This feature is useful because you may want to delete a file but you could change your mind and decide to keep it, all you have to do is to drag the file out of the Trashcan back to its original drawer or disk.

Tools Menu

Reset WB

Resets Workbench, redraws the screen and re-reads mounted disks.

User items

It is possible for some programs to add its own menu items to this menu. You can also add your own favourite items to this menu via third party programs such as ToolManager, ToolsDaemon and so on.


workbench 1.3 menu

Workbench 1.3 menu

Open

This is used on a selected icon. Instead of double clicking on an icon to show contents of a disk or drawer or run a program you can select an icon with the pointer and Select Open to display or run it.

Close

Instead of clicking on the Close Gadget at the top left of a disk or drawer window just select the window (borders blue) and select Close.

Duplicate

This open allows you to copy files and disks. To copy a file select the icon and then select Duplicate. Another icon will appear saying Copy_of_file or whatever, you can then move that file elsewhere or Rename it.

Rename

This option allows you to change the name of a disk, a drawer or a file. Select the disk, drawer or file icon to rename, select rename, and then type in the new name in the given requester.

Info

This option displays details of a given disk, drawer or file. Workbench has 5 types of workbench icons: Disk, Drawer, Trashcan, Project and Tool. A Trashcan is a special drawer for use with the 'Empty Trash' feature to delete files. A Project is a data file and a Tool is a Program. Info will display the type, size, stack size, default file, comment and protection flags of a file.

Discard

This is a delete function, to delete a file you would normally drag and drop the file into the Trashcan drawer to empty later. This option allows you to delete a file straight away. A requester may appear to confirm deletion.

Disk Menu

Empty Trash

This option deletes all the files in a selected Trashcan drawer of a disk. This feature is useful because you may want to delete a file but you could change your mind and decide to keep it, all you have to do is to drag the file out of the Trashcan back to its original drawer or disk.

Initialise

This option formats a disk for use by the Amiga. It splits the disk into the right number of tracks/sectors and creates an empty root directory. It can also automatically create a Trashcan drawer. To use, select the disk to format and select Initialise.

Special Menu

Cleanup

This option rearrages icons on a drawer or disk into a less cluttered state. To use, open the window to rearrange and select Cleanup. To keep the icons in the new positions, select all the icons and select 'Snapshot'.

Last Error

This will display the last message that appeared in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Redraw

If the screen or window has been corrupted by another program and not all the icons or windows have been drawn then this option will do it for you.

Snapshot

This option allows you to save the position of an icon on a disk or a drawer. To use, select the icon, drag the icon to its new location and Snapshot it.

Version

This will display the version of Workbench and Kickstart you are using. Commodore uses release numbers. For 1.3 it is release 34.

You like this article?

 
og:image

Created by RORI.PL