The Model Explorer window appears by default on the left side of the screen. Use the Options menu > Show Model Explorer command to toggle the Model Explorer window off or on. The Mode Explorer Window provides quick access to many forms used to define and assign properties or review model geometry, among other tasks (Model tab), display model analysis input and output (Display tab), and refine or modify detailing of the model (Detailing tab).
The Model Explorer window displays in hierarchical (tree) format using three tabs. The tabs have nodes that in turn have lists of items. In some cases, sub-nodes are used. Expand the nodes to display the items.
Model tab - Lists nodes for Coordinate Systems, Property Definitions, Load Definitions, Groups and Objects (i.e., objects can be drawn by the user or added by the program based on user input).
Expand a node one level and right click on a secondary node (e.g., Materials) and a drop-down menu of options will display. When sub nodes are clicked within the Property Definitions node, the menu may include options to add, show, or delete a property. When sub nodes are clicked in the Load Definition node, the menu may include options to add new loads or edit tables of loads. When sub nodes are clicked in the Object node, the menu may include options to show tables of object geometry, assignments and summary results.
Expand the tree again and right click an item to display a drop-down menu specific to the selected item (e.g., access the Slab Property Data form for a specific slab property definition; access the Object Information form for a particular tendon object).
Display tab - Lists Named Displays of loads, results (e.g., reaction forces), and design information. Where applicable, right clicking a node on this tab provides quick access to the form used to specify how the result is to be generated and displayed. Double left clicking on an item on this tab changes the display to the clicked item.
Detailing tab - Lists component views and drawings generated after analysis and design have been run and the Run menu > Run Detailing command is used.
Clicking the Drawing Component Views node to expose the names of the individual views and then right clicking on the name of a view (i.e., Beam Framing - Floor; Beam Rebar Table) will display a drop-down menu that includes commands to edit view properties, edit view text, print the view and export the view to a .dxf, .dwg, or .xml format.
Clicking the Drawing Sheets node to expose the sub-nodes (e.g., Cover Sheet, General Notes, Slab Rebar Plan) and then right clicking on the sub-node will display a drop-down menu of commands that includes options to add views to the drawing sheets shown in the Detailer display window; automatically arrange the views; print or export the drawing sheet; or delete the drawing sheet. Note that right clicking the drawing in the active window will display the same drop-down menu of commands.
The commands on the drop-down menus provide access to forms with options, and some with toolbar buttons, that can be used to tailor the detailed drawings to your particular needs. For more information, refer to the individual help topics hyperlinked above or as listed in the Right Clicks topic.