The "View" menu enables rescaling and zooming of the displayed graph. Panning is handled by means of the scroll bars located at the bottom and right hand side of the screen or by other methods described in Panning Around the Network. Zooming is handled via the zooming tools, the " The Scale Menu Command" menu command or one of the methods described in Re-scaling the Network Window.

These menu commands, in conjunction with other mechanisms described in BUILDING THE NETWORK control your view of the network through the window shown on the screen. They help you "change your view" of the network.


This command returns the display to the previous scale and location. It performs an "Undo" operation for viewing. This is a convenience method of toggling between a large-scale and small-scale view of the network.

Fit Window

Select "Fit" to automatically rescale the network display to fit within the current window. The extremities of the network elements (the network's "world") are defined by a dotted outline which will be seen in full when a "Fit Window" is performed.


Redraws the current screen. This command is useful for cleaning up a messy display following some object movements such as Pasting objects and when calculating areas and lengths using the polygon tool.

Set Scale

Allows the user to input a new scale via a dialog box. The scale value is an Engineering scale and can be considered an absolute value. Rescaling is done in the centre of the window.


The "Grid" command allows the user to specify a horizontal and vertical grid interval, the origin of the grid, whether objects should "snap" to the grid and whether the grid is visible.

The grid is shown as dashed lines and may be plotted using the "Export Graphics" menu command.

Lock Nodes

Toggles the ability to move nodes either with the graphical user interface or with the  Attributes dialog.

Find Objects

This command enables the user to go directly to any named object in the network. The user types in the name to search for and specifies whether it is link, node, text or whether it is case sensitive or only part of a name.

When OK is clicked the named object is searched for and, if found, it is highlighted and displayed in the centre of the screen at the currently selected scale.

Background Images

Background pictures are special objects that can be created to act as passive backdrop on which the rest of the network may be overlaid. More information on adding and manipulating background images can be found in the Creating a Backgroundpage.


The toolbars can be turned on or off by selecting this menu option and unchecking the box beside the toolbar name. Toolbars can also be “torn off” the window and allowed to float or attach to one of the other window borders.

Status Bar

The status bar at the bottom of the window can be turned on or off by selecting this menu option.