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Using Navigation bar and Toolbars


The Navigation bar and Toolbars provide quick access to tools implemented in Visual Database Designer.

 

VDBD - Using Navigation bar

 

 

The Navigation bar of Visual Database Designer allows you to:

Database group

iconDB select a database for building the diagram

 

General group

iconOptions edit diagram options

iconRestoreDefaultSize restore the default size and position of the window

iconPrintSetup set printing options using the Print Setup dialog

iconPreview preview the diagram

iconPrint print the diagram

iconRefresh refresh objects in the diagram

 

Navigator group

Tick use Diagram Navigator

 

Database Objects group

iconFindText search for objects in the diagram using the Database Objects pane

iconPlus add objects to the diagram using the Database Objects pane

 

 

The Toolbars of Visual Database Designer provide quick access to most tools for working with diagrams.

To enable the toolbars, open the Environment Options dialog, proceed to the Windows section there and select RadioButton Toolbar (if you need the toolbars only) or RadioButton Both (if you need both the toolbars and the Navigation bar) in the Bar style for child forms group.

 

The main toolbar (by default, the toolbar is located at the top of the diagram area) contains a number of tools (including items of the Navigation bar, context menu, tools for printing diagram, etc.) allowing you to:

 

VDBD - ToolbarsMain

 

  • select the database for building the diagram;
  • undo/redo;
  • create a new diagram;
  • open an existing diagram;
  • save the current diagram to a *.myd file;
  • save the current diagram as an image;
  • activate the Incremental search panel;
  • adjust diagram zoom for optimal representation: zoom in, zoom out, fit model;
  • switch cursor mode: select / select rectangle to fit;
  • open the Print Setup dialog;
  • print the diagram;
  • show Print Preview;
  • arrange objects in the diagram;
  • extract metadata of all objects in the diagram and load the script to SQL Script Editor;
  • perform Reverse Engineering;
  • refresh objects in the diagram;
  • view/edit diagram options;
  • specify a predefined zoom value;
  • restore the default size and position of the window.

 

The Pages toolbar (by default, the toolbar is located at the top of the diagram area) contains tools for working with diagram pages allowing you to:

 

VDBD - Toolbars - Pages

 

  • add a new page;
  • delete the current page;
  • delete all pages.

 

 

The Object Customization toolbar (by default, the toolbar is located at the top-left of the diagram area) contains tools for customizing text elements on the diagram allowing you to:

 

VDBD - Toolbars - Main

 

 

  • change text font;
  • define font size;
  • set text style: bold, italic or underline;
  • specify text color;
  • specify frame color;
  • specify background color.

 

Diagram toolbar located on the left allows you to:

iconVDBD_Select switch to object selection mode;

iconVDBD_CreateTable switch to create table mode (enables creating tables on clicking);

iconVDBD_CreateRelation switch to create relation mode;

iconVDBD_CreateVirtualRelation switch to create virtual relation mode;

iconVDBD_CreateComment switch to create comment mode;

iconVDBD_AlignLeftEdges align left edges;

iconVDBD_AlignRightEdges align right edges;

iconVDBD_AlignTops align tops;

iconVDBD_AlignBottoms align bottom;

iconVDBD_HorizontalCenters align horizontal centers;

iconVDBD_VerticalCenters align vertical centers;

iconVDBD_SpaceEquallyHorizontally space equally, horizontal;

iconVDBD_SpaceEquallyVertically space equally, vertical.

 

 


See also:

Using Diagram Navigator and DB Objects pane

Using context menus

Adding/removing objects to/from diagram

Incremental search

Creating new objects

Creating relations

Working with diagram pages

Reverse engineering

Printing diagram

Saving/loading diagram

Setting diagram options