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Chapter 1. The Basics > CorelDraw 10 Controls

CorelDraw 10 Controls

Dialog boxes and toolbars contain many types of controls that you'll use to set options, make choices, and so on. Here are some of the most common controls you'll encounter:

  • Icons. CorelDraw makes extensive use of tiny icons, as shown in Figure 1.11. A selected icon is shown as depressed; an unselected icon is raised. To select an icon (whether it is a single icon or in a set of icons), click it.

    Figure 1.11. Here are two pairs of icons; each is a set. The depressed one in each set is selected.

  • Flyouts. A flyout (Figure 1.12) is a pop-out icon menu. When you click the tiny down-arrow on any toolbox icon and continue to hold down the mouse button, a flyout menu appears. Click to select an icon from the flyout.

    Figure 1.12. To see the flyout menu for any toolbox icon, click the tiny down-arrow.

  • Drop-down lists. Drop-down lists (Figure 1.13) present a selection of items from which to choose. To open the list, click the tiny arrow to the right of the list box. Some drop-down lists allow you to enter text if you don't see a choice you like.

    Figure 1.13. This is an example of a drop-down list.

  • Text boxes. Every text box (Figure 1.14) is designed to receive either a number or a text string. Those with up and down arrows to the right are meant for numbers. To enter data into a text box, you can type it or select a number by clicking the arrows.

    Figure 1.14. This dialog box section employs radio buttons, text boxes, and a check box as controls.

  • Radio buttons. Use radio buttons (Figure 1.14) to select a single option from a set. Click any radio button to select that option; the selected option is denoted by a black circle.

  • Check boxes. Click a check box (Figure 1.14) to turn an option on or off. A checkmark indicates that the option is on or enabled. Unlike radio buttons, you can normally select multiple check boxes.

  • Sliders. You drag sliders (Figure 1.15) to increase or decrease a setting.

    Figure 1.15. You can adjust this style of slider by clicking and dragging the bar or by typing numbers into the text boxes to the right.

  • Tabs. Tabs can be seen in the page flipper at the bottom of the CorelDraw window (see Figure 1.8) and in some dialog boxes (Figure 1.16). If you click a tab in the page flipper, the document page represented by the tab is displayed. Clicking a tab in a dialog box displays the options that are associated with the tab's name.

    Figure 1.16. To view other sections of a tabbed dialog box, click a tab.

  • Drop-down palettes. Rather than a presenting a list, clicking some drop-down buttons displays a graphics palette (such as the one shown in Figure 1.17). Make a selection by clicking a color or other graphic item. Click the Other button to view additional choices.

    Figure 1.17. This drop-down color palette is a variant of a drop-down list, presenting a palette of colors to choose from rather than words.

  • Tree views. In a tree view, options are presented in a hierarchical list. Depending on the list's format, after expanding an item, you can select it (to choose a category from the Options dialog box, for example) or enter a checkmark in a check box (Figure 1.18).

    Figure 1.18. In a tree view, click the plus or minus signs to expand or collapse option sets.



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