There are two different types of option windows.
Option boxes are simple windows that can be moved around the screen, but not resized or collapsed. They usually contain only a few options.
While an option box is open, you can’t perform any operation in the view windows, or select any tool, until you have closed the window by clicking the , , or button.
A typical option box
Control windows, on the other hand, are usually much more complex, with many options.
More importantly, control windows can remain open while you continue using a tool. Changing a parameter in those windows usually causes the model to update automatically. Instead of a button, they have a button (to restart the behavior of the tool from the beginning) and button (to update the model according to the new values in the window, if this is not done automatically). You can also expand/collapse control windows to manage screen space effectively. See Manage screen space.
A typical control window
Text fields and slider widgets are equipped with a feature called a micro-slider, which allows you to finely adjust any numeric value option.
To use a micro-slider, hold down the (Windows) or (Mac) key, then click in the numeric field and drag the mouse.
Both option boxes and control windows contain a button at the bottom.
- If you have not saved custom options for a tool or menu item, restores the installed (default) option settings.
- If you have saved custom options, restores your saved settings.