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 its dialog-box

This topic is Edit the Element's Parameters in its dialog-box.

A typical Dialog-Box and Parameter.

The dialog-box below is the Machine Settings dialog-box. (You will open and edit the values in this dialog-box in the first Tutorial 0).

Click the  Orange Separators  to show the parameters: 'Cycles/Min' and 'No of Steps' parameters.

Machine-Settings dialog-box

Machine-Settings dialog-box

Parameters Details

There are three areas of a data-box

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Data-value : the parameter value that you edit

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Spin-Increment : see below : Method 2


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Spin-Box : see below: Method 2

There is also a contextual-menu. Right-click the data-value : see below: Method 3

Zero

Zero  : the parameter = 0 , or minimum value if the parameters cannot = 0)

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 you can use to edit a value in a dialog-box. In this example we edit the Dimension in the Dimension dialog-box.

Method 1: Use your Keyboard

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Enter a data-value directly:

1.Enter the data-value in the data-box with your keyboard - in this case '300'
2.Press the Enter key on your keyboard to update to the new value

Enter a symbolic equation:

1.Enter an equation in the data-box with your keyboard
2.Press the Enter on your keyboard to update the value

Symbolic Evaluators include

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

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Method 2: Use the 'Spin-Box' tool

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Spin-Box arrowheadsRed-14-3Red-14-4Red-14-5Red-14-6 in the box (in red in the image) to the right of the data-box

Red-14-5 Top : Left arrowhead to decrease the data-valueRed-14-1b by the Spin-IncrementRed-14-2 (67.12345 - 1 = 66.12345)

Red-14-3 Top : Right arrowhead to increase the data-valueRed-14-1b by the Spin-IncrementRed-14-2 (67.12345 +1 = 68.12345)

Red-14-4 Bottom : Left arrowhead to divide the Spin-IncrementRed-14-2 by 10 (1 ÷ 10 = 0.1)

Red-14-6 Bottom : Left arrowhead to multiply the Spin-IncrementRed-14-2 by 10 (1 × 10 = 10)


Note 1 :

The model must re-build each time you increase or decrease a parameter value. See - Tutorial: working with large models

NOTE: To Show / Hide the Spin-Box

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

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'Double-Click'

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Double-click 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

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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.

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2.Round: value becomes nearest value that is exactly divisible by the Spin-Increment. (0.00001 in the image!)

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