Using the Viewtop
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The REBOL/View desktop is organized into six areas:
Clicking on the REBOL logo will take you to REBOL's home page.
The menu bar across the top provides a list of "services". These
are available at any time regardless of what folder you are viewing.
You can think of it like a regular menu, but it is also customizable.
Below the REBOL logo is the bookmark panel. This panel holds
shortcuts to any folder, application, website, or image. The shortcuts
appear as icons. The bookmarks are specified in the bookmarks.r
file, and you can add or remove to it at any time.
The central panel of the desktop shows the icons for the current
folder. The path to the folder is shown at the top of the panel; If you
click on it, or the arrow next to it, the panel will return to the
previous folder, just like the Back button in a browser.
To navigate to a new folder or website, launch an application, or view
content, just single click the icon for that item.
Right-clicking lets you view details about an item, reload that item
from the Reb, and open it for editing. One of the great things about
the Reb is that all the source code people publish is available for
you to examine and learn from.
The lower left corner contains status information for Internet
connections and data transfers. It includes a progress bar, status
indicator, and version number.
By clicking on the status indicator, you can control your connection to
the Internet. If you are running in offline (local) mode, clicking on
the status will initiate a connection. If you are attempting to make a
connection, clicking on the status will abort that attempt.
Clicking on the version number brings up the Help window. This can be
useful if you customize the service bar and remove the Help option from
The lower bar provides help information about connections, folders, and
icons. When you position your mouse over an icon, you will see
information about the icon in this display. Note however, that not all
icons include this help information.
Within the menu bar at the top of the desktop window there
are some standard items by default, but you can customize the
menu by editing the services.r file.
| ||User||User preferences. You can configure your network
and email settings from here.
| ||Goto||Go to other REBOL URLs. If there is no icon to
link to a REBOL resource, you can type its URL here to access
it. You can also execute REBOL programs by typing their URL here.
| ||Help||Information about REBOL/View. Click on it to
browse the REBOL web site, obtain documentation, report problems,
join email lists, and buy REBOL/View.
| ||Quit||Quit REBOL/View. The close gadget on the window
has the same affect, or you can press CTRL-Q to quit.
You can add your own services to the list by editing the services.r
file in your installation's desktop folder. See the
hints file for more details.
The REBOL/View desktop provides these default shortcut keys:
| ||Backspace||Go back to the previously opened folder.
| ||CTRL-E||Open the editor to the last file edited, or a new
file if there was no last file.
| ||CTRL-L||Launch a REBOL program by selecting it from a file
| ||CTRL-Q||Quit REBOL immediately.
In addition, you can add your own shortcut keys to your installation's
prefs.r file. See the hints file for details.