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You can manipulate the tool windows in various ways to adjust the MPS workspace to your needs.

To show a tool window

Do one of the following:

  • Click the corresponding tool window button on the tool window bar.
  • Choose Window | Tool Windows | <tool window> on the main menu.
  • If the tool window has an associated quick access number, press Alt+<number>Alt <number> (for example, Alt+1Alt 1 for the Project tool window).
To hide an individual tool window

Do one of the following:

  • Click the corresponding tool window button on the tool window bar.
  • Click Hide  on the title bar of the tool window.
  • Right-click the corresponding tool window button and select Hide from the context menu.
  • Right-click the tool window title bar and select Hide from the context menu.
  • If the tool window has an associated quick access number, press Alt+<number>Alt <number> (for example, Alt+1Alt 1 for the Project tool window).

If the tool window you want to hide is currently active (or was active when you switched to the editor) you can also use the following options:

  • Choose Window | Hide Active Tool Window in the main menu.
  • Press Shift+EscapeShift Escape.

And finally, the following methods will work only for the tool window which is currently active:

  • Choose Window | Close in the main menu.
  • Press Ctrl+F4Command F4

(If one of the editor tabs is currently in focus, this tab will be closed.)

To hide all tool windows attached to the same tool window bar

Do one of the following:

  • On the title bar of any of the tool windows attached to the corresponding tool window bar, click .
  • Choose Window | Hide Side Tool Windows in the main menu. This command hides all the tool windows attached to same tool window bar as the active tool window or the last of the active tool windows.
To hide all the tool windows

Do one of the following:

  • Choose Window | Hide All Windows in the main menu.
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+F12Command Shift F12.
To switch to the last active tool window

Do one of the following:

  • Choose Window | Jump to Last Tool Window in the main menu.
  • Press F12F12.

If all the tool windows are currently hidden, the last active tool window will be shown and made active.

To hide or show the tool window bars

You can hide all the tool window bars if you need more space in the MPS window:

  • In the lower left corner of the workspace, click .

If the tool window bars are hidden, you can bring them back onto the screen either permanently or for a short period of time:

  • To restore the tool window bars, click in the lower left corner of the workspace.
  • To see the tool window bars for a short period of time, double-press and hold the CommandCommand key. The tool window bars appear on the screen making the tool window buttons accessible. The tool window bars are hidden again when you release the key.
To attach a tool window to a different tool window bar

Do one of the following:

  • Drag-and-drop the corresponding tool window button onto the desired tool window bar.

  • Right-click the corresponding tool window button or the tool window title bar to open the context menu. Select Move to and then select the destination tool window bar (Top, Left, Bottom or Right).

To resize a tool window

The obvious way to resize a tool window is this:

  • Hover the mouse pointer over the tool window border. When the pointer becomes a double-headed arrow, drag the border in the required direction.

You can also resize a tool window by moving its border to left or right, or up or down in steps. The following alternatives are available for doing that:

  • Right-click the corresponding tool window button or title bar and select Resize. Then select one of the available Stretch to options.
  • Make the tool window of interest active and do one of the following:
    • Choose Window | Resize and then the necessary Stretch to option.
    • Press Ctrl+ShiftCtrl Shift in combination with the corresponding arrow key.
To increase the maximum number of tool windows to be shown at a time

To increase the maximum number of tool windows to be shown at a time, you should appropriately set the viewing modes for different tool windows. Consider the following:

  • Generally, for a tool window to be visible always (i.e. even when inactive), the tool window should be pinned.
  • There are no limiting factors for the number of floating windows shown simultaneously.
  • To be able to see two windows docked to the same tool window bar at a time (rather than one), one of the windows should have the split mode off and the other one on.
  • Initially, three (out of four) tool window bars are used. You can "activate" the forth tool window bar (the top one) by moving certain tool windows to it.
To save or restore the way the tool windows are arranged

You can save the way the tool window are currently arranged by choosing Window | Store Current Layout as Default in the main menu.

At a later time, you can return to the saved workspace layout by choosing Window | Restore Default Layout.

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