How to use the side pane

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Tekla Structures
2024
Tekla Structures

How to use the side pane

Use the side pane windows on the right side of the screen, for example, to view object properties, and to add reference models and components.

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Open a side pane window

Click a side pane button to open a side pane window.

When you click a side pane button, the side pane window opens and becomes active. Active side pane windows have blue buttons .

Keep multiple side pane windows open at the same time

Tekla Structures opens only one side pane window at a time by default. You can keep multiple side pane windows open at the same time if needed, and on different sides of the screen.

  • Right-click a side pane button and select Single pane or Stacked panes.

    Single pane: Tekla Structures opens a new side pane window and closes all the other open side pane windows.

    Stacked panes: Tekla Structures opens a new side pane window and keeps the other open side pane windows stacked on top of each other.

  • Click Ctrl+side pane button to open the side pane windows stacked on top of each other.

You can resize the side pane windows, change their order by dragging them, or attach them to other side of the screen if you click the button in the upper right corner of a side pane window.

Float and attach a side pane window

You can float or attach the side pane windows on the different sides of the screen. You can select separately for each side pane window where to place it.

  • To float a side pane window: click the button in the upper right corner of a side pane window, and select Float.

  • To attach a side pane window: click the button in the upper right corner of a side pane window, and select Attach to left side, Attach to right side, or Attach to bottom, depending on the current side pane window location.

    Alternatively, you can drag the side pane window to the right side or to the left side or at the bottom of the screen. The area where you can attach a side pane window is marked with blue color.

If you move a side pane window and close Tekla Structures, the side pane window will be opened in its new position when you start Tekla Structures the next time.

Move a side pane window

When you position the mouse pointer on the upper part of the side pane window, the upper part is shown in light blue.

Grab the upper part of the side pane window and drag the window to a new location.

Adjust the size of a side pane window

Resize a floating side pane window by dragging its borders.

Find more help on the content of a side pane window

Click the button.

Close a side pane window

You can close one active side pane window at a time, or several windows at one go if you have stacked them on top of each other.

  • Click another side pane button to close the active side pane window and to open a new window.

  • Click the button in the upper right corner of each side pane window.

  • Click the arrow in the side pane.

If your floating side pane window disappears

If you have floating side pane windows and multiple displays, a side pane window sometimes opens on a second display that is not connected to your computer at the moment. To return the side pane window to the main display, right-click the side pane button in question and select Attach to side pane.

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