The Object Options Dialog Box

The Object Options dialog box lets you dictate how information about individual objects within a hierarchical structure are presented. Object options apply in both detail and overview mode, for the active view window.

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

Text Alignment

Use this option to control the alignment of the text that identifies the objects in a hierarchical structure. To do so, mark the appropriate option.

Draw

Use this option to determine how the system presents the shapes that represent objects. To do so, mark the appropriate option.

Shadow - The system puts shading around the outside of a shape to give a three-dimensional effect.

Solid - The system fills the shape with a solid color.

Line Wrap - The system automatically "wraps" the text that identifies objects in a hierarchical structure. Wrapping means that the system detects how much text fits on a single line, and automatically breaks the text into separate lines where needed. This options is active only in overview mode.

Font

Use this option to determine the size of the text that identifies objects, on-screen. The system uses the selected font in any printouts you request. To make a selection, click on the appropriate option.

Outer Frame and Inner Frame

The shape used to represent an object consists of two frames, an outer frame and inner frame. The outer frame provides the outline for the shape itself. The inner frame identifies the boundary for the text box, which contains the text that describes an object.

The different shapes that make up a hierarchical structure are laid out on a grid. (The grid can be shown or hidden.) Each cell within the grid can hold a single object.

Outer Frame

Use this setting to control the size of a shape relative to the size of the grid cell where the object is situated. The top arrows control horizontal size, and the bottom arrows control the vertical size. To enter settings, click on the arrows until the correct dimensions are shown.

To increase the amount of space between objects, decrease the vertical outer frame. Since more space is available, the system can display a more complete text, to describe the relationship between the objects.

Inner Frame

Use this setting to control the size of the text box relative to the size of the object itself (determined by the Outer frame setting). The top arrows control horizontal size, and the bottom arrows control the vertical size. To enter settings, click on the arrows until the correct dimensions are shown.

Font Size

The use of this field depends on how you access the Object Options dialog box. Normally, this field is for display only. However, if you access this dialog box through the Print dialog box, this field lets you scale the font size for printing purposes. To do so, click on the arrows until the correct dimension is shown.

For more information:

Changing the View Options