The pointing device may be a digitizer, graphics tablet or a mouse. For the sake of consistency we use the term mouse to indicate a generic-pointing device. With a mouse, users can select objects to manipulate, as well as initiate system commands in the software interface menus.

Throughout the Help documentation various terms are used to describe functions performed using the mouse.  Listed below are descriptions of the basic mouse techniques/functions used within this XPRafts.

Click

Position the pointer on something, and then briefly press and release the mouse button.

Choose

Pick a command by positioning the pointer on the menu name, moving the highlighted area down the menu to the command you want, and then clicking the mouse button.

Drag

Position the pointer on or near something, press and hold down the mouse button as you move the mouse to the desired position, and then release the button. You often do this to move something to a new location or to select something.

Double click

Position the pointer on something, and then rapidly press and release the left mouse button twice.

Point

Position the left pointing arrow on or just next to something you want to choose.

Select

Move the cursor to an object, then click or drag across the object.

The mouse pointer changes shape to indicate the type of action that is taking place. The typical pointer icons are described below:

Arrow Icon

You may select objects, move, re-connect or re-scale the network.

Node Icon

Nodes are being added to the network.

Link Icon

Links are being added to the network.

Diversion Icon

Overland flow diversion paths are being added to the network.

Text Icon

Nodes are being added to the network.

Polygon Icon

Lengths or areas are being measured from the network.

Window Icons

A background is being selected or the window is being panned or zoomed in or out.

Hourglass Icon

XP is busy performing a task. The specific task is generally displayed in the status messages area of the window.

Zoom-In Icon

You are currently zooming in to an area of the network.

Zoom-out Icon

You are currently zooming out on an area of the network.