Dialog: Function-Block: Briefcase

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Dialog: Function-Block: Briefcase

Briefcase FB

See: Add Briefcase


Use a Briefcase FB to hide Function-Blocks from the graphic-area.

It usually to add one Briefcase FB for each set of Function-Blocks that are connected together with wires.

You can also hide Briefcase FBs inside a Briefcase FB.


Open Briefcase FB dialog-box

Icon-FB-Briefcase

Open the Briefcase FB dialog-box:

1.Double-click the Briefcase FB in the graphic-area

- or -

1.See How to Open a Dialog-Box  


Briefcase FB dialog-box

Dialog-13.2-BriefCaseFB-DisplayOptions

Display Options

Red-14-1 << write a label >>

Enter text for a label to remind you which FBs are in the Briefcase FB. The label shows above the Briefcase FB in the graphic-area.

Red-14-2 Background color and Transparency

Use the Background Color button to edit the color of the Briefcase Display Window. See example, below.

Use the Transparency slider to edit the transparency/opacity of the Briefcase Display Window.

Red-14-3 Hide Elements / Show Elements

Show or hide the Briefcase Display Window.

Hide-Elements to hide Briefcase Display Window

Show Elements to show Briefcase Display Window

Dialog-13.2-BriefCaseFB-AddRemove

Add / Remove Function-Blocks

Add FBs to the Briefcase

1.Click the PadlockRed-14-5 to unlock the Briefcase (the PadlockRed-14-5 icon becomes unlocked - see image).

2.Click FBs in the graphic-area

Each FB you click moves from the graphic-area to the Function-BlocksRed-14-10a box in the Briefcase

3.Click the PadlockRed-14-5 again to lock the Briefcase.


Remove FBs from the Briefcase:

1.Click the PadlockRed-14-5 to unlock the Briefcase

2.Click a FB that is in the Function-BlocksRed-14-10a box to make a FB 'active'.

3.Click the Red CrossRed-14-4 button

The FB returns to the graphic-area, outside of the Briefcase Display Window.

4.Do 1 - 3 again to remove a different FBs.

5.Click the PadlockRed-14-5 again to lock the Briefcase


Arrange FBs with Briefcase Display Window.

1.Click Show Elements check-boxRed-14-3 - see above.

2.Click the Arrange FBsRed-14-6 button

The FBs are now in a linear array in the graphic-area.

You may still want to re-order the linear array


Add all FBs that are connected with wires 'upstream' of a FB

1.Click a FB in the Function-Blocks boxRed-14-10a in the Briefcase

2.Click the Add All Upstream icon Red-14-7

The FBs that are 'upstream' (connected to its input-connector) are now in the Function-Block box


Add all FBs that are connected with wires 'downstream' of a FB

1.Click a FB in the Function-Blocks boxRed-14-10a in the Briefcase

2.Click the Add All Downstream iconRed-14-8

The FBs that are 'downstream' (connected to its output-connector) are now in the Function-Block box


Remove all FBs from the Briefcase

1.Click the Remove All iconRed-14-8

The FBs are now in the graphic-area

GA-BriefcaseFB-Window

Example:

Briefcase FB and label: Lifter Mech.

The Briefcase Display Window is a light gray box, with a blue border.

The window will re-size as you add or remove Function-Blocks.

To move the Briefcase FB and the FBs in the graphic-care

1.Drag the Briefcase FBRed-14-1 to move the Briefcase Display WindowRed-14-2


Note: When you open a model, Briefcase FBs stack on top of each other at the top and left of the graphic-area.

You must drag them one at a time to separate them.