Main Toolbar

The Main Toolbar contains a variety of buttons for commonly used operations. These include file operations, scrolling and zooming, document navigation and controlling the display of other toolbars and windows. Most of these commands are also available on the Main Menu but the main toolbar is more efficient.

File Open

Open a drawing file. This is typically used to open a file that isn't part of a project, but it can be used to open a project drawing. If you are working within a project, it's much easier to open drawings using the Project Toolbar

File Save

Save the information for the current drawing as part of a project. This is only needed when you are working on a drawing outside of a project. When you work on a project drawing, your work is saved automatically.
When you press this button, the Drawing Properties Window is displayed. Complete the information in this window (including assigning it to a project) and press OK. All subsequent changes to the drawing will be saved automatically.

File Print

Press this button to print a drawing. When you press it, the Print Drawing Dialog is displayed. Complete the information in this window and press OK to print part or all of the drawing.

Zoom In

Press this button to zoom in on the drawing (see more detail). Each time you press the button, the drawing is enlarged by the zoom percentage. The zoom percentage can be set using the User Preferences Window.

Zoom Out

Press this button to zoom out on the drawing (see less detail but more of the drawing). Each time you press the button, the drawing is reduced by the zoom percentage. The zoom percentage can be set using the User Preferences Window. This button will be disabled when the drawing is viewed at full size.

Zoom Full View

Press this button to view the entire drawing.

Zoom Rectangle

Press this button to zoom in on a particular area of the drawing. After pressing the button (it will stay down), click-down on one corner of the area, drag the mouse to the opposite corner and release the button. As you drag, a rectangle will be displayed to show the zoom rectangle.

Shortcut: The buttons above zoom in and out in different ways. But the quickest way to zoom is to point the mouse at the area you want to see in more detail, then roll the mouse wheel forward (away from you). The mouse wheel is a roll-able control between the mouse buttons. Your mouse may not have a wheel.
You can also zoom out by rolling the wheel backwards.

Bird's Eye Window

Press this button to display the Bird's Eye Window This window shows the entire drawing and highlights the area currently displayed. You can scroll the drawing by clicking and or dragging in the window

Back

As you navigate from drawing to drawing or view to view within a project, Dimension keeps a historical record. Press this button to go back to the previous view or drawing. You can press the button multiple times to go back multiple steps. The navigation history includes the following types of navigation:

Zooming and Scrolling actions are not added to the navigation history

Forward

After you use the Back button to go back one or more steps, you can go forward again by pressing this button. Navigating by any other method eliminates the "forward" history and the button will be disabled.

Show/Hide Measurement Toolbar

Press this button to show or hide the Measurement Toolbar. The Measurement Toolbar is used to create measurements and change the characteristics of measurements.

Show/Hide Annotation Toolbar

Press this button to show or hide the Annotation Toolbar. The Annotation Toolbar is used to create annotations and change the characteristics of annotations.
This capability is not available in the Basic Viewer.

Show/Hide Item Assignment Toolbar

Press this button to show or hide the Item Assignment Toolbar. The Item Assignment Toolbar is used to assign measurements and annotations to the Quantity Worksheet .
This capability is not available in the Basic Viewer.

Show/Hide Quantity Worksheet Window

Press this button to show or hide the Quantity Worksheet Window. The Quantity Worksheet Window is used to organize measurements and annotations and transfer them to other applications. This button will be "down" whenever the window is showing.

Show/Hide Issue List Window

Press this button to show or hide the Issue List Window. The Issue List Window displays a list of all open issues for the project. This button will be "down" whenever the window is showing.

Download Multiple Drawings

When you are viewing drawings from an integrated planroom, this option allows you to download multiple drawings in the background (instead of downloading them as they are viewed). When you select this option the first time, it starts a three step process:

  1. The Download Project Wizard is displayed to create a new project and/or define the subfolder usage for the download.
  2. The Download Drawing Selection Window is displayed to select the drawings to be downloaded.
  3. The Main Download Window is displayed to show and change the status of drawings being downloaded.

If this option was selected previously, the first two steps will be skipped.

Context Help

Press this button to get specific help about something you see on the screen. When you press it, the mouse cursor will change into a question mark (?). You can then click on the control on the screen that you're wondering about. The associated help topic will be displayed.