The Tabbed Toolbar on the top gives access to common actions and commands.
The Project Navigator and Property Editor are shown in panes on each side of the child window. These can be resized or hidden as required. A pane can be hidden by clicking the small cross at the top of the pane (just below the toolbar).
Database objects (tables, queries, etc.) listed in the Project Navigator can be opened by clicking (or double-clicking, depending upon your global KDE settings) on their names.
Main elements of Kexi application's window are:
The toolbar is the place that gives you access to most Kexi commands and actions. Using the actions found in the different tabs on the toolbar you can:
Depending on the context, additional tabs can be visible:
The Project Navigator pane is one of the most frequently used elements of the Kexi main window. The pane contains a list of all objects created within the currently opened Kexi database project. The objects are split into groups: tables, queries, forms, reports and scripts.
The Project Navigator pane also contains a small toolbar for most frequently used commands (from left to right):selected object, selected object, and selected object.
For each object on the list a context menu is available using the right mouse button.
Double clicking with the left mouse button on the object's name on the list opens the object in Data View. If the object's window was already opened, the action just activates the window without switching it's view mode.
|Even though your operating system or window manager may be set up to handle single clicks instead of double clicks, Kexi uses double clicks in Project Navigator to avoid accidentally opening large datasets or executing queries.|
Whenever you double click an object in the project navigator, it opens in the Opened database objects area. Each window has its own tab in Kexi.
You can rearrange the tabs by drag and drop and close them using the button located at the far right of the tab strip.
|Sometime later on there will be an option to detach tabs, creating somewhat something similar to an MDI interface. That could be useful for custom solutions or multiple displays.|
In the Property Editor pane you can change properties of the object displayed in the active window. Depending on the context, the pane is consisted of one or more tabs. The first, always visible tab,, contains the list of available properties.
Rules for using the Property Editor:
|* There is no need to confirm a changed value: changes are visible immediately after moving to a different row of the Property Editor's list or by pressing the Enter key.
The Property Editor pane is empty if: