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.
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
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:
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).
<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.
<Ctrl>key and pressing the "I'' key.