CMPRO Desktop Navigating Open Screens and Windows Video Tutorial

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Hello, and welcome to the CMPRO series of training videos.

In this video we will focus on the Open Windows bar and the screen toolbar functionalities.

  • The purpose of the Open Windows bar is to display the windows currently open on your desktop and facilitate navigating between those windows.
  • The Open Windows bar displays in the bottom-most portion of your desktop, just above any footers that your site may use and / or your operating system taskbar.
  • The screen toolbar, located directly below the title bar on traditional screens in CMPRO, contains navigational aids designed to help you move around efficiently from screen to screen while you stay within a particular window.

This slide provides a simplified illustration of the desktop hierarchy as it relates to open windows and screens. The illustration displays all of the main elements, but for purposes of this tutorial, we will focus only on those relating to windows and screens.

The desktop frames in our total viewing area.

  • Within the desktop the open window displays.
  • Within the window, sits the screen, with its title displaying in the upper left corner.
  • Simply put, the screen sits inside the window, which sits inside the desktop.
  • One or more windows can be opened in the desktop, and a window displays one screen at a time; with certain windows capable of moving from one screen to another within the same window.

When we click a Navigator bar icon or sub-item or a sub-item from the Navigator drop-down menu, a window will open, and an instance will display in the Open Windows bar, with the title of the open window, in a button style format.

  • For example, if we click the Queue icon, the window item of My Work: Queue displays in the Open Windows bar.
  • Continuing, we might click on Menu, then on the Viewed item.
  • For each click, a window opens and a separate instance (i.e. separate item) is displayed in our Open Windows bar.
  • You can have an unlimited number of windows open simultaneously. But be aware that clicking the same option from any of these locations will result in a separate instance of that same window appearing in the Open Windows bar.

The order in which the items are displayed correlates to the order in which you open each window, and this order cannot be changed.

  • If enough items are open to fill up the entire horizontal space in the Open Windows bar, a subsequent row is started directly underneath it, and again starting at the left.
  • The benefit of the Open Windows bar is that is allows us to quickly move among the windows we are currently working in, by simply selecting the button of the desired window.

The desktop window behaves in similar fashion to a browser window/tab, allowing the same type of navigation within it.

  • With that similarity in mind, the toolbar, just below the screen title, contains buttons for navigating between the open screens within a window.
  • We’ll open a few screens within this window to demonstrate.
  • Notice as we open each screen within this window, the current screen name is displayed in the Open Windows bar for this window item.
  • That is because each of these screens was opened within this window. Should we move another open window, the same will hold true for that window.
  • More than one traditional CMPRO screen, such as shown here, can be displayed in the same window.
  • In contrast, desktop screens such as these that contain links to other screens, will always open those screens in a new window.

The navigational buttons on the toolbar allow us to easily move between the open screens, eliminating the need to use the browser's back button. Using the toolbar, we can:

  • Quickly go backward or forward one screen at a time
  • Go back to the screen we opened initially
  • Or select the History button, which keeps track of the different screens we have opened, quickly allowing us to jump to any of those screens.
  • Another useful feature on each traditional screen in CMPRO is this Refresh button, which you will discover is convenient for quickly refreshing the screen’s content.

As a final point, we’ll look at how to close windows and screens.

  • Windows can be closed individually by clicking on the "X" (Close) icon in the upper right corner of each window.
  • To close all open windows at one time, use <Alt + 0> on your keyboard.

To Recap:

  • A screen sits within a window which sits within the desktop.
  • The Open Windows bar is located at the bottom of the monitor landscape and displays a navigational item for each instance of an open window.
  • If a screen is opened within a window, the current screen’s title will display in the open windows button.
  • Multiple screens can be opened within certain windows.
  • Moving among those screens is done by utilizing the navigational buttons located on the screen toolbar.
  • The toolbar is located just below the screen’s title bar.

For more detail on all aspects of the CMPRO Desktop, use the path shown here…in the User’s Guide Table of Contents, select the CMPRO Desktop book. Inside, you’ll find detailed descriptions on best usage of all its features and functions.
And thank you for watching.