The menu bar

This section describes the items available in the Dexterity menu bar.

File: New Dictionary

This menu item opens a dialog box that allows you to create a new dictionary. You can create a dictionary that contains a Main Menu form, or an empty dictionary that contains no resources. Empty dictionaries are useful when you’re using source code control to manage application development.

File: Open Dictionary

This menu item opens a dialog box that allows you to open an existing application dictionary. You can also choose from the list of the dictionaries that were recently opened.

File: Login

This menu item opens a dialog box that allows you to log into a SQL data source.

File: Logout

This menu item logs out of the current SQL data source.

File: Print Setup

This menu item opens the printer setup dialog box. This dialog box allows you to configure the currently selected printer.

File: Process Monitor

This menu item opens the Process Monitor window. This window displays activity for tasks that you choose to process in the “background” within your application.

File: Resource Explorer

This menu item opens the Resource Explorer window. The Resource Explorer is the primary window for working with resources in a dictionary.

File: Table/Field/Window Descriptions

These menu items open forms in the Resource Descriptions tool. This tool displays information about all the tables, fields and windows used in the current dictionary.

File: Generate Resource Reports

This menu item prints a resource report for the application. The resource report is a text file that lists all resources in the current dictionary, their internal resource IDs and any resources associated with the listed resource. When you choose Generate Resource Reports, a dialog box will appear and allow you to name the report and select its location.

File: Generate Help Files

This menu item opens the Generate Help Files window. You will use this window to generate .RTF, .MAP and .HPJ files used when implementing Windows Help for your application.

File: Exit

This menu item allows you to exit the current session of Dexterity.

Edit: Undo

This menu item will undo the last keyboard entry in an editable field. It will also undo field movement and sizing in a layout window, but not the addition or removal of fields, text or graphics from a layout window.

Edit: Cut/Copy/Paste

These menu items allow you to copy text or graphics to the Clipboard, and then paste it in a different location. You cannot cut, copy or paste fields.

Edit: Clear

This menu item allows you to remove text from an editable field or remove selected items from the layout area.

Edit: Select All

This menu item allows you to select the entire entry in a field or all items in the layout area for a window, report or scrolling window.

Edit: Find

This menu item opens the Resource Find window, which allows you to search through the scripts, strings and messages in a dictionary.

Edit: Options

This menu item opens the Options window, which allows you to specify Dexterity preferences and characteristics of the current application dictionary.

Macro: (all)

The items available from the Macro menu allow you to record and play macros in tools mode, test mode or at runtime. For more information refer to Testing Your Application .

Utilities: All

This menu lists various utilities that are available in Dexterity. These utilities are used at various stages of application development. Refer to Utilities, for more information.

Explorer: (all)

The items available from the Explorer menu allow you to work with items in the Resource Explorer window. Refer to Resource Explorer for more information about using the Resource Explorer.


This menu displays a list of the windows currently open in Dexterity. Selecting a window from this menu will make the window active.

Help: Lookup

This menu item opens any lookup window for the current field.

Help: Contents

This menu item displays the contents topic for Dexterity online help.

Help: Search for Help On

This menu item displays the search window for the help system, allowing you to search the Dexterity online help.

Help: Window Help

This menu item displays help for the current window in Dexterity.

Help: How to Use Help

This menu item displays information describing how to use the help system.

Help: Online Manuals

This menu item lists the online manuals available for Dexterity. The manuals are in Adobe Portable Document (PDF) format.

Help: About Dexterity

This menu item displays the About Dexterity window.

Debug: (all)

The first item the Debug Menu, Test Mode, allows you to switch Dexterity between tools mode and test mode. (Refer to Using Test Mode for more information.) The remaining items provide access to the Script Debugger and other analysis tools in Dexterity. These tools are described in Script Debugger.

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