Customizing Commands

The Customize dialog allows the Quick Access Toolbar, Ribbon, and keyboard shortcuts to be customized.


Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar

The Quick Access Toolbar is a customizable toolbar. One method that can be used to add commands to the Quick Access Toolbar is to right-click on the command in the ribbon and choose Add to Quick Access Toolbar. The command is automatically added to the end of the toolbar.

 

To customize the commands in the Quick Access Toolbar dialog, right-click on the ribbon and select Customize Quick Access Toolbar.  In the Quick Access Toolbar dialog,

  1. To add a command, select the command from the list on the left that you want to add. Click the Add>> button and the command is added to the list on the right.

  2. To add a separator between commands, set the Choose commands from to Main on the left side of the dialog. Select <Separator> and click Add>>. Move the separator to the desired position.

  3. To delete a command, select the command from the list on the right. Click the <<Remove button and the command is removed from the list on the right.

  4. To rearrange commands or move separators, click on the command or separator name from the list on the right that you want to move. Click the up and down arrow buttons on the far right to move the command up or down the list. Commands are shown in the exact order that they are displayed in the Quick Access Toolbar.

  5. To reset the Quick Access Toolbar to the default display, click the Reset button below the list on the right side of the dialog.

  6. Click OK and all changes are made.

Note: to add individual plot types as buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar, set the Choose commands from to Plot | Plot Menu. Then on the left side of the dialog, select the appropriate plot type, such as 3D Bar Chart. Click Add>> and the plot type is added with an icon to the right side. Click OK and the plot type is displayed in the Quick Access Toolbar.

 

Customizing the Ribbon

The ribbon is customizable in Grapher. To customize the commands in the ribbon, right-click on the ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon.

 

In the Customize Ribbon dialog, you can add new tabs, add groups, hide existing tabs or custom groups, and add commands to any custom group. You can also rearrange the tabs into an order that fits your needs better.

 

To customize the commands in the Customize Ribbon dialog, right-click on the ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon.  In the Customize Ribbon dialog, use the following options.

 

Tab options:

  1. To add a custom tab, set the Customize the Ribbon section to All Tabs. Click in the list on the right side of the dialog where the custom tab should be located and click the New Tab button.

  2. To delete custom tab, right-click on the tab name in the list on the right side of the dialog and select Delete.

  3. To rename a default or custom tab, click on the tab name in the list on the right side of the dialog. Click the Rename button. Type the new name and press OK to make the change.

  4. To hide a default or custom tab, uncheck the box next to the tab name on the right side of the dialog. Only checked tabs will be displayed.

  5. To change the order of default or custom tabs, click on the tab name that should be moved in the list on the right side of the dialog. Click the up and down arrow buttons on the far right side of the dialog to move the selected tab up or down. Default tabs must remain in their major group.

 

Group options:

  1. To add a custom group to a default or custom tab, click on the next to the tab name. Click in the list of group names where the new group should be located and click the New Group button.

  2. To delete a default or custom group on any tab, right-click on the group name in the list on the right side of the dialog and select Delete.

  3. To rename a default or custom group on any tab, click on the group name in the list on the right side of the dialog. Click the Rename button. Type the new name and click OK to make the change.

  4. To change the order of default or custom groups on any tab, click on the group name that should be moved in the list on the right side of the dialog. Click the up and down arrow buttons on the far right side of the dialog to move the selected group up or down in the list.

  5. To replace a default group with a custom group, right-click on the default group name and select Delete. Click the New Group button. Add the desired commands to the new group that you want displayed. Rename the new group, if desired.

 

Command options:

Commands can only be added to or deleted from custom groups. Commands can only be rearranged or renamed in custom groups. If commands in default groups are desired to be edited, the default group should be deleted and a new custom group should be created with the same commands.

  1. To add a command to a custom group, set the choose commands from list to All Tabs so that all commands are listed on the left side of the dialog. Select the desired command that should be added. On the right side of the dialog, click the next to the custom group name. Click on the desired position in the list of commands. If no commands exist in the group yet, click on the group name. Click the Add>> button and the command is added to the custom group.

  2. To delete a command from a custom group, right-click on the command name in the list on the right side of the dialog and select Delete. Only commands from custom groups can be deleted.

  3. To rename a command in a custom group, click on the command name in the list on the right side of the dialog. Click the Rename button. Type the new name and click OK to make the change. Only commands in custom groups can be renamed.

  4. To change the order of commands in a custom group, click on the command name that should be moved in the list on the right side of the dialog. Click the up and down arrow buttons on the far right side of the dialog to move the selected command up or down in the list.

Customize the Keyboard

Keyboard shortcuts can be changed by right-clicking on the ribbon and selecting Customize the Ribbon. In the Customize Ribbon dialog, click the Customize button next to Keyboard shortcuts. On the left side of the dialog, select the tab name in the Categories list. This is the name of the tab where the command is located in the ribbon. On the right side of the dialog, click on the command name in the Commands list. Click in the Press new shortcut key box and press and hold the keys that should be used for the command. For instance, you might press and hold the CTRL, ALT, SHIFT, or any character key on the keyboard. The key names will be listed in the Press new shortcut key box.

 

If no other command uses the key combination, the Assigned to section lists [Unassigned]. When the keys are unassigned, click the Assign button at the bottom of the dialog to assign the key combination to the selected command.

 

If the key combination is currently assigned to another command, the command will be listed in the Assigned to section. If a key combination is currently assigned to another command, select the currently assigned command name. Click on the Current Keys combination that you want to reassign and click the Remove button at the bottom of the dialog. Click back on the original command. Click in the Press new shortcut key box and press the keys on the keyboard. Click the Assign button to assign the key combination to the new command.

 

Click Close to make the new commands effective. Click Reset All to reset all customizations to the defaults.

 

Sharing Customizations Between Computers

All of the Grapher Quick Access Toolbar, ribbon, and keyboard commands are stored in the registry. The registry key can be copied and pasted onto other computers to easily share customizations. Be very careful when editing the registry! A small mistake can cause the program or computer to become unresponsive.

  1. Make any customizations to the ribbon, quick access toolbar, and any keyboard commands you desire.

  2. When all customizations have been made, close Grapher.

  3. Open the registry. In Windows Vista and 7, you can do this by clicking the Windows Start button and typing regedit into the Start Search box.

  4. Go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Golden Software\Grapher\12\BCGSettings\BCGRibbonBar-59398 key.

  5. Click the File | Export command.

  6. Type a name, such as My Customizations, and make sure that the Selected range is set to the Selected branch.

  7. Click Save.

  8. Locate the .REG file on your computer and copy it to a CD, USB drive, or network share location.

  9. On another computer, close Grapher.

  10. Paste the .REG file in a place where it is easily found on the new computer.

  11. Double-click on the .REG file.

  12. Click Yes if you are prompted if you want to change the computer.

  13. Open Grapher. The customizations have been applied to the new machine.

 

Displaying Classic Menu Appearance

To display the ribbons in a format that is similar to the older menu interface,

  1. Click the File | Options command.

  2. On the left side of the dialog, select Display.

  3. On the right side of the dialog, check the box next to Display ribbon menus.

  4. Click OK.

  5. A new Plot Menu tab is displayed in the plot window. This tab displays old style menu drop-down lists. A similar Worksheet Menu tab is displayed in the worksheet window and Grid Menu tab is displayed in the grid window.

To turn off the display of other tabs,

  1. Click the File | Customize Ribbon command.

  2. On the right side of the dialog, select All Tabs in the Customize the Ribbon list.

  3. Uncheck the boxes next to all tab names except for Worksheet Menu, Plot Menu, and Grid Menu.

  4. Click OK and only the class style tab is displayed.

To access the commands with the keyboard, click the ALT+M and then the appropriate keyboard keys.

 

 

See Also

Grapher User Interface

Quick Access Toolbar

Ribbon

Keyboard Commands