The View Options Dialog Box

The View Options dialog box lets you dictate how hierarchical structures are presented in the different view windows you are working with. View options apply in both detail and overview mode.

Normally, the changes you make apply only to the current work session. However, it is also possible to save the settings for future work sessions, using the Save Options feature.

If you access the View Options dialog box through the Print dialog box (not through the menu), the settings you enter apply to the print request only.


Use this option to identify the view window whose view options you want to adjust. (View windows are numbered sequentially, in the order that the windows are opened.) To select a view window, click on the arrows until the correct view window is shown.

Display Level

Use this option to determine how many levels of a hierarchical structure should be displayed. 0 stands for entire structure, 1 for top level only, 2 for top two levels only, and so on. To select a level, click on the arrows until the correct level is shown.


Hierarchical structures are laid out on a grid, which can be shown or hidden. Use this option to indicate if the grid should be displayed or not. To include a grid, mark the check box.

Display Mode

Use this option to select the view mode, overview or detail. Overview mode means the system compresses the hierarchical structure you are working with so you can see all of it in one view window. Detail mode means the system expands the hierarchical structure so that each object in the hierarchical structure can easily be seen. The drawback is that you will not be able to see all of the structure.

(It is also possible to use the Detail<->View button or the menu options Goto ® Detail<->View to toggle between overview and detail mode.)

Knock-On Mode

This option lets you determine how Structural Graphics displays on object, when it is selected. (You must select objects before doing things like changing the object’s shape, color, line style, and so on.)

This option is intended for situations when you work with multiple view windows. When you do so, this option allows you to view a single, selected object from different points of view, simultaneously.

The idea is to select a different knock-on option for each of the view windows open. Then, when you select an object, each of the windows shows the selected object differently. For example, one window shows the selected object centered, one shows the substructure of the selected object, and another shows the parent structure.

To select a knock-on mode, mark the appropriate radio button.

Off - The system highlights the selected object, but otherwise the presentation does not change.

Center - The system highlights the selected object, and positions it in the center of the view window.

Substructure - The system highlights the selected object, and confines the display to the select objected and its child objects.

Parent structure - The system highlights the selected object, and confines the display to the selected object and its parent objects.

Graphic Type

Use this option to determine how Structural Graphics presents a hierarchical structure. To make a selection, mark the appropriate radio button.

Normal - The system presents the hierarchical structure in a top-down format.

Feathered - The system presents the hierarchical structure in a right-to-left format.

Compact - The system presents the hierarchical structure using a combination of formats. Top-down format is used for the upper levels of the structure. Objects on the lowest level are presented vertically. (When this option is selected, the system automatically sets the number of levels displayed to 3, although you can change this setting if required.)

User-defined - The system presents the hierarchical structure according to a user-defined format, set using the Define Graphic Type button, below.


Use this option to select which design profile you want to apply to a view window. Design profiles contain a set of presentation characteristics. For example, a profile could stipulate that squares should represent objects, lines connecting objects should be blue, and so on. Design profiles are defined in Customizing

To select a design, click on the appropriate option.

The system determines which design profiles to offer according to the currently selected design group. It is possible to change design groups. See the Change design option below.

Define Graphic Type

Use this button to set your own method for presenting hierarchical structures. You can control object alignment and rotation.

Alignment - The system aligns the objects in the hierarchical structure, so that they are either left justified, right justified, or centered. To set alignment, mark the appropriate radio button.

Rotation - The system rotates the entire structure so that it is presented at the rotation degree specified. For example, if you enter a rotation of 180° the structure appears upside down. To set rotation, click on the arrows until the correct rotation is shown.

To use this feature:

  1. Under Graphic Type, click on User defined.
  2. Click on the Define graphic type button.

    The Define Graphic Type dialog box appears.

  3. Make your selections.
  4. To exit the dialog box, click on Close.

    You return to the View Options dialog box.

  5. Click on Apply.

The system applies the settings to the active view window.

Change Design

Use this option to select a different design group. Design groups consist of a set of individual design profiles that have been gathered together as a unit. The design group selected determines the individual design profiles you can select from in the Design setting (above). To change design groups:

  1. Click on the Change Design button.

    The Design dialog box appears.

  2. Click on the design group you want to use.
  3. Click on Continue.

For more information, see Changing Design Groups

For more information:

Changing the View Options