How to Customize the Look of STEP 7-Micro/WIN 32 (GS 1.4)

STEP 7-Micro/WIN 32 offers many ways to access and display information.

To simplify things when you begin programming, you might want to dismiss the Navigation Bar and Output Window. You can cover over or minimize windows that you need while programming, like the Local Variable Table and Symbol Table, and bring them up only when necessary. This gives you the maximum amount of space for the essentials: the Instruction Tree (for LAD and FBD programmers) and Program Editor Window (for STL, LAD, and FBD programmers).

Note: The Output Window is automatically restored when you compile.

Here are some tips about arranging the various components of the STEP 7-Micro/WIN 32 workspace:

View or hide various window components From the menu bar, choose View and select an object to toggle its checkmark on or off. The objects that have checkmarks are the objects that are currently open in the STEP 7-Micro/WIN 32 environment.

Cascade windows From the menu bar, choose Windows>Cascade, Windows>Vertical, or Windows>Horizontal.

Minimize, restore, maximize, or close a window Use the minimize, restore, maximize, and close buttons that are located in the title bar of each window. Notice that when you maximize a window, its buttons are displayed in the menu bar area beneath the buttons of the main STEP 7-Micro/WIN 32 window. When you maximize a window, it covers the display of any other window that you may have opened, but the maximized window does not cause the other window(s) to close.

Use tabs to view different components of a window Windows such as the Program Editor, Status Chart, Symbol Table, and Data Block may have multiple tabs. For instance, the Program Editor window contains tabs that allow you to navigate between the main program (OB1) and subroutines and interrupt routines.
Note: When you display several windows, there may not be enough space to show all the tabs contained by each window. You can use the pair of scroll arrows located next to the tabs in order to navigate from the first tab to the last. (The pair of scroll arrows located next to the tabs perform a different function from the other pair of scroll arrows that may be available to allow you to scroll the contents of the window horizontally.)

Size or remove the Local Variable Table Position the cursor over the split bar that divides the Program Editor and the Local Variable Table and drag in order to increase or decrease the size of the Local Variable Table. Drag the Program Editor all the way up to completely cover the Local Variable Table if your program does not have subroutines or interrupt routines that require you to define any local variables. (You cannot dismiss the Local Variable Table by using the View menu because the Local Variable Table is part of the Program Editor window.)

Undock or hide toolbars By default, the File, Debug, and Program toolbars appear below the menu bar in STEP 7-Micro/WIN 32. However, you can undock any toolbar and move it by placing the cursor inside the toolbar area and dragging. If you drag the toolbar near the border of any of the windows in STEP 7-Micro/WIN 32, the toolbar will dock to the border of that window; otherwise, the toolbar becomes an independent, free-floating toolbar. You can hide the toolbar when it is independent by clicking on the "X" button in the title bar of the toolbar. You can restore the toolbar by choosing Tools>Customize and selecting the appropriate checkbox (File, Debug, Ladder, FBD, STL) from the Toolbars tab of the Customize dialog box.

See Also:

How to Customize Toolbars

Select Color Preferences

Customize Menus and Add Tools

Use Zoom