Briefcase Tool dialog-box

See: Add Briefcase Function-Block

Why use a Briefcase FB.

Icon-FB-Briefcase

Briefcase FB dialog-box

Dialog-13.2-BriefCaseFB-DisplayOptions

Display Parameters

1s-red << write a label >>

Use your keyboard to 'write a label'. Usually, the label reminds you of the FBs that are in the Briefcase.

The label shows above the Briefcase FB, even if you hide the captions of other FBs...

...see: Edit menu [or toolbar] > Application Settings > Colours tab > Graphic Options > Show Function-Block Captions

2s 'Background colour' and Transparency Slider

When you show the FBs that are in the Briefcase as a window, you can edit the colour of the window.

Use the transparency slider to edit the density of the colour.

3s 'Hide Elements' / 'Show Elements'

Use this check-box to show or hide the elements in a window.

Click 'Hide-Elements to show the FBs as a window

Click 'Show Elements' to hide the FBs

Dialog-13.2-BriefCaseFB-AddRemove

Elements add / remove

To add Function-Blocks to the Briefcase:

1.Click the Padlock5s to unlock the Briefcase
2.Click Function-Blocks that are in the graphic-area.

As you add FBs to the Briefcase, they will show in the 'Function-Blocks' box, below. At the same time, they are removed from the graphic-area.

3.Click the Padlock5s again to lock the Briefcase. Now you cannot add to or remove FBs.

To remove FBs from the Briefcase:

1.Click the Padlock5s to enable the Briefcase
2.Click a FB in the Function-Blocks7s box - in the dialog - to make the FB 'active'.
3.Click the Red Cross4s button

The FB returns to the graphic-area, outside the Briefcase 'window'.

The FB returns to the graphic-area, outside the Briefcase 'window'. The wires that connect to and from this FB connect with the Briefcase to indicate they are associated with a different FB that is in the Briefcase FB.

4.Click the Padlock5s again to lock the Briefcase

To arrange the FBs in the window and graphic-area:

1.Click the 'Arrange FBs'6s button to put the FBs in a 'linear array' in the graphic-area
Example of Briefcase with Window in graphic-area.

Example of Briefcase with Window in graphic-area.

Example of Briefcase and Window in the graphic-area.

1s-red The Briefcase FB and its label: 'Lifter Mech'.

2s The Window. It resizes as you add or remove FBs.

To move the Briefcase FB and the Window of FBs

1.Drag the Briefcase FB1s-red to move the Window2s

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