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Web-based System Manager Administration Guide

Menu and Toolbar Actions

The console menu bar provides all of the operations performed on the console and managed objects. The menus are organized as follows:

Console Menu
The Console Menu contains choices that control the console. It allows you to add and remove computers from the management environment, save console preferences, specify whether to automatically attempt to log in to a host with a stored password, view the console session log, and exit the console (see Preference Files).

Object Menu
The title of the Object Menu changes to indicate the type of resource managed by the current plug-in. For example, when the plug-in that manages hardware devices is selected, the Object Menu title becomes Devices. The Object Menu contains general choices and actions for a plug-in that do not require the selection of specific objects to act on. Typically, actions for creating new resource objects are located in the Object Menu. The find function is also located in the Object Menu. The contents of the Object Menu are updated when a new plug-in is selected.

Selected Menu
The Selected Menu contains those actions for a plug-in that require the user to select which managed objects an action is to apply to, such as Open, Properties, Copy, Delete, or Start. The contents of the Selected Menu are updated when a new plug-in is selected. It is disabled when Overview and Launch plug-ins are loaded.

View Menu
The View Menu contains choices for navigating, such as Back, Forward, and Up One Level. It also includes choices for customizing the console in the Show submenu. For example, you can select to show or hide the tool bar and status bar. When container plug-ins are loaded, the View Menu includes options that control how objects are presented. For example, if the plug-in provides a choice of views, such as Large Icon, Small Icon, Details, and Tree, these choices are listed here. If the plug-in only supports a single view, no view choices are listed. When a plug-in is displaying an icon or Details view, the View Menu includes choices for sorting and filtering the container.

Window Menu
The Window Menu contains actions for managing sub-windows in the console workspace. New Window creates a new console sub-window in the workspace. Other choices control how all console sub-windows are presented. For example, you can choose to have the windows completely cover the workspace like tiles, or have them stacked in a cascade fashion.

Help Menu
The Help Menu lists user assistance choices. When the computer that is acting as the system management server is properly configured with a HTTP Server to act as the Documentation Server, extensive online information is accessible through a Web browser. Different choices allow you to view help contents, search for help on a particular topic, and view help information on shortcut keys.

Pop-up Menus
Pop-up menus (sometimes called context menus) provide a quick way of accessing menu choices. To use pop-up menus with a mouse, point to an object, then click the right mouse button on a two- or three-button mouse. The pop-up menu lists the actions found in the Selected and Object menus for the current object or objects.

Tool Bar
The tool bar lists commonly used actions that are available when the current plug-in is loaded. It includes navigation controls, Find, and View choices (if available). The tool bar also provides tool tip help when the mouse pointer remains over a tool bar icon for a few seconds.

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