To edit parameters in a dialog-box.

As we build a model, we do these steps:

STEP 1:   Add an Element

STEP 2:   Open the Element's dialog-box - see How to open a dialog-box

STEP 3: Edit the Element's Parameters in the dialog-box

This topic is 'How to edit parameters in its dialog-box'.

A typical Dialog-Box and Parameter.

The dialog-box below is the Dimension dialog-box. [You will use this dialog-box in the first tutorial].

It has one parameter: 'Dimension'. There are three parts to each parameter box.

R13.2: Machine-Settings dialog-box

R13.2: Machine-Settings dialog-box

Orange Separators 

You must click the Orange Separator to expand and collapse different areas of a dialog-box.

You must click Cycling Parameters to show the 'Cycles/Min' and 'No of Steps' parameters.

Parameters Details

The three areas to the parameter box are:

300

'Data-value' : the 'parameter' value that you apply to the element.

10

Spin-Increment value : Edit with the arrows at the bottom of the Spin-Box tool


Spin-BoxArrows

Spin-Box tool and arrowheads [top and bottom 'left and right' arrowheads]

And, a contextual-menu. See below: Method 3

Zero

Zero the parameter.

Round

Round the value to become the nearest value that is exactly divisible by the Spin-Increment.

How to edit a parameter in a dialog-box.

There are three different methods/procedures you can use to edit a parameter value in a dialog-box. In this example we use the Dimension dialog-box.


Method 1: Use your Keyboard

Dialog-Dimension-EditDirectly

Enter a data-value directly:

1.Enter the data-value with your keyboard
2.Press the Enter key on your keyboard to update to the new value

You must press the 'Enter' key (also called the Return key) to update the value.

Dialog-Dimension-SymbolicEqtn

Enter a 'symbolic equation':

1.Enter an equation with your keyboard
2.Press the 'Enter'  on your keyboard to update the value

You must press the 'Enter' key (also called the Return key) to update the value.

Symbolic parameters:

Simple Arithmetic: +, –, *, /;
Indices: ^, Sqrt();
Trigonometric [Angles are Radians], pi, Sin(), Cos(), Tan(), Sinh, Cosh, Tansh, ArcSin(), ArcCos(), ArcTan2( ; )

Method 2: Use the 'Spin-Box' tool

Dialog-Dimension-UsingtheSpinBox

Spin-Box arrowhead buttons [in the blue-box]

3s Top : Left arrowhead to decrease the data-value1s-red by the Spin-Increment2s

3s Top : Right arrowhead to increase the data-value1s-red by the Spin-Increment2s

4s Bottom : Left arrowhead to divide the Spin-Increment2s by 10

4s Bottom : Left arrowhead to multiply the Spin-Increment2s by 10

Edit the Data Value

Click the Top : Left arrowhead to decrease the data-value1s-red. [Data-value after one click: 67.12345 Spin-Increment[1] = 66.12345 ]
Click the Top : Right arrowhead to increase the data-value1s-red [Data-value after one click: 67.12345 + Spin-Increment[1] = 68.12345 ]

Edit the Spin-Increment

Click the Bottom : Left arrowhead to decrease the spin-increment2s [Data-value after one click: 1 ÷ 10 = 0.1 ]
Click the Bottom : Right arrowhead to increase the spin-increment2s [Data-value after one click: 1 × 10 = 10 ]

WarningWARNING: The model re-builds each time you click the top arrow buttons.


See also - Tutorial: working with large models

DoubleClickSpinBox

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'Double-Click'

DoubleClickSpinBox-2

Double-click inside the data-box to hide the Spin-Box.

Double-click the data-box again to show the Spin-Box.


Method 3: Use the Zero/Round contextual-menu

Dialog-Dimension-ZeroRound

To use: 'Zero' or 'Round' data-value:

1.Right-click inside the data box

The 'Zero / Round' contextual-menu shows.

2.Click:
Zero: value becomes = 0.
Round: value becomes nearest value that is exactly divisible by the Spin-Increment.

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