Working with the Tabs

The quadrants hold the tabs that contain the primary controls of the DVD Studio Pro interface. You can select a tab to make it active, move the tab to a different quadrant, or “tear off” the tab to make it available in its own window.

Viewing a Tab’s Contents

When you have multiple tabs in a quadrant, only one is active and can be seen. There are several methods you can use to make a tab active so that it appears in front of the others.

To view a tab’s contents
Do one of the following:
  • Click the tab you want to view.

  • Choose Window > [name of tab].

  • Use the tab’s keyboard shortcut. For a compete list of keyboard shortcuts, see Keyboard Shortcuts.

Note: If a tab is hidden, choosing it from the Window menu or using the keyboard shortcut makes it appear as a separate window.

In many cases, selecting an element in the Outline or Graphical tab automatically activates related tabs (if they are assigned to a quadrant). For example, if you double-click a menu in the Outline tab, the Menu tab becomes active.

Rearranging Tabs Within a Quadrant

You can change the order in which tabs appear within a quadrant.

To change the order of tabs
  • Drag a tab to a new position.

Moving a Tab to a Different Quadrant

You can move a tab from one quadrant to another. This allows you to group tabs that work best for you. For example, you may group the tabs so that you can reduce the number of quadrants that appear and see just the tabs you use most.

To move a tab to a different quadrant by dragging
  • Drag a tab to the new quadrant’s tab area.

Figure. Dragging the Graphical tab from one quadrant to another.

As you drag the tab, an outline surrounds the tab area in the quadrant to which you’re moving the tab. You can drag the tab to a specific position among the quadrant’s current tabs.

To move a tab to a quadrant using a shortcut menu
  • Control-click an empty part of the tab area in the quadrant you want to add a tab to, then choose the tab to add from the shortcut menu. (Tabs with checkmarks are already part of the quadrant.)

Figure. Tab selection shortcut menu.

The tab you choose is removed from its existing location and added to the end of the quadrant’s current tabs. (If the tab was torn off into a separate window, its window is closed as long as there are no other tabs in the window.)

Tearing Off a Tab into Its Own Window

You can “tear off” a tab so that it appears in its own window. This is useful if you have a large computer display or use multiple displays and are able to spread out. It is also useful if you have a small display and a limited workspace, because it allows you to have larger windows without resizing the quadrants.

To tear off a tab
Do one of the following:
  • Drag a tab to a position outside of the immediate tab area.

  • Control-click the tab, then choose Tear Off Tab from the shortcut menu.

  • Control-click in the area next to the tabs in its quadrant, then choose the tab’s name from the shortcut menu.

The tab’s window can be sized and positioned as needed. You can also drag additional tabs to the window.

Restoring a Torn-Off Tab to a Quadrant

You can add a tab back into a quadrant using several methods.

To restore a tab to its quadrant
Do one of the following:
  • Drag the tab’s name to a quadrant. The tab snaps back into place and its window closes (as long as the window has no other tabs).

    Note: This is different from dragging the window’s title bar, which just repositions the window.

    Figure. Dragging the Graphical window's tab to add it to a quadrant.
  • Control-click an empty area of a quadrant’s tab area, then choose the tab from the shortcut menu. You can also do this if the tab’s window has been closed.

What Happens If You Close a Torn-Off Tab’s Window?

If you close a tab’s window by clicking the close button in the upper-left corner of the window, the tab does not automatically get added back to a quadrant, and it is no longer displayed.

You can either reopen the window or add the tab to one of the quadrants (as described in the previous section, Restoring a Torn-Off Tab to a Quadrant).

To reopen the tab in its own window
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Window > [the tab name].

  • Press the tab’s keyboard shortcut.

  • Double-click an element that requires the tab in the Outline or Graphical tab.

The tab opens in its window at the same position and size as when it was closed.