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2.1.1 Console

The FLUENT Console is the main window that controls the execution of the program. When using the Console to interact with FLUENT, you have a choice between a text user interface (TUI) and a graphical user interface (GUI). The Console contains a terminal emulator for the TUI and a menu bar for the GUI.

Figure 2.1.2: The Console
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Terminal Emulator

The terminal emulator is similar in behavior to "xterm'' or other UNIX command shell tools, or to the MS-DOS Command Prompt window on Windows systems. It allows you to interact with the TUI menu. More information on the TUI can be found in Chapter  3.

All textual output from the program (e.g., error messages) is printed in the terminal emulator, and all typing is displayed on the bottom line. As the number of text lines grows, the lines will be scrolled off the top of the window. The scroll bar on the right allows you to go back and look at the preceding text.

The terminal emulator accepts <Ctrl-C> to let you interrupt the program while it is working. It also lets you perform text copy and paste operations between the Console and other X Window (or Windows) applications that support copy and paste. The following steps show you how to perform a copy and paste operation on a UNIX system:

  

1.   Move the pointer to the beginning of the text to be copied.

2.   Press and hold down the left mouse button.

3.   Move the pointer to the end of the text (text should be highlighted).

4.   Release the left mouse button.

5.   Move the pointer to the target window.

6.   Press the middle mouse button to "paste'' the text.
On a Windows system, you will follow the steps below to copy text to the clipboard:
  

1.   Move the pointer to the beginning of the text to be copied.

2.   Press and hold down the left mouse button.

3.   Move the pointer to the end of the text (text should be highlighted).

4.   Release the left mouse button.

5.   Press the <Ctrl> and <Insert> keys together.

Menu Bar

The menu bar organizes the GUI menu hierarchy using a set of pull-down menus. A pull-down menu contains items that perform commonly executed actions. Figure  2.1.3 shows the FLUENT menu bar. Menu items are arranged to correspond to the typical sequence of actions that you perform in FLUENT (i.e., from left to right and from top to bottom).

Figure 2.1.3: The FLUENT Menu Bar
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To select a pull-down menu item with the mouse, follow the procedure outlined below:
  

1.   Move the pointer to the name of the pull-down menu.

2.   Click the left mouse button to display the pull-down menu.

3.   Move the pointer to the item you wish to select and click it.

4.   Release the left mouse button.
In addition to using the mouse, you can also select a pull-down menu item using the keyboard. Each pull-down menu label or menu item contains one underlined character, known as the mnemonic. Pressing the <Alt> key plus the mnemonic character of a pull-down menu will display the menu. Once the pull-down menu is selected and displayed, you can type a mnemonic character associated with an item to select that item. If at any time you wish to cancel a menu selection while a pull-down menu is posted, you can press the <Esc> key. For example, to display the Help menu and select the Using Help... option, press <Alt> h, then h.

A pull-down menu item may also have an accelerator key associated with it. An accelerator key can be used to select a menu item without displaying the pull-down menu. If a menu item has an associated accelerator key, the key will be shown to the right of the item. For example, if a pull-down menu contains the item Iterate... Ctrl+I, you can select this item by holding down the <Ctrl> key and pressing the "I'' key.


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