Dialog boxes are used to perform simple input/output tasks, such
as issuing warning and error messages, or asking a question requiring a yes or
A dialog box is a separate "temporary'' window that appears when
FLUENT needs to communicate with you. When a dialog box appears on your screen, you should take care of it before
moving on to other tasks. Once you have tended to the dialog box, it will be
closed, and then you can continue.
The following sections describe each type of dialog box.
Information Dialog Box
Information dialog box is used to report some information that
thinks you should know. Once you have read the information, you can click
OK button to close the dialog box.
Warning Dialog Box
Warning dialog box is used to warn you of a potential problem and ask
you whether or not you want to proceed with the current operation.
If you click the
OK button, the operation will proceed. If you
Cancel button, the operation will be canceled.
Error Dialog Box
Error dialog box is used to alert you of an error that has occurred.
Once you have read the error information, you can click the
button to close the dialog box.
Working Dialog Box
Working dialog box is displayed when
FLUENT is busy performing a task.
This is a special dialog box, because it requires no action by you. It is
there to let you know that you must wait. When the program is finished,
it will close the dialog box automatically. You can, however, abort
the task that is being performed by clicking the
Question Dialog Box
Question dialog box is used to ask you a question that requires a yes or no
answer. You can click the appropriate button to answer the
Select File Dialog Box (Windows)
File selection on Windows systems is accomplished using the standard
Select File dialog box.
Figure 2.1.4: The
Select File Dialog Box for Windows
See documentation regarding your Windows system for further instructions
on file selection.
Select File Dialog Box (UNIX or Linux)
For UNIX or Linux systems, note that the appearance of the
Select File dialog box will not always be the same.
Figure 2.1.5: The
Select File Dialog Box for UNIX or Linux Platforms
The version shown in Figure
2.1.5 will appear in almost all cases, but it
will be different if you are loading external data
files for use in an XY plot (see the Section
28.8.2 for more information).
In such cases, the dialog box will look like Figure
Figure 2.1.6: Another Version
Select File Dialog Box for UNIX or Linux Platforms
The steps for file selection are as follows:
Go to the appropriate directory. You can do this in two different
Enter the path to the desired directory in the
text entry box and then press the
<Enter> key or click the
Filter button. Be sure to include the final
/ character in the pathname, before the optional search
pattern (described below).
Double-click a directory, and then a subdirectory, etc.
Directories list until you reach the directory
you want. You can also click
once on a directory and then click the
instead of double-clicking.
Note that the "
.'' item represents the current directory and
..'' item represents the parent directory.
Specify the file name by selecting it in the
Files list or
entering it in the
File text entry box (if available)
at the bottom of the
dialog box. The name of this text entry box will change
depending on the type of file you are selecting
Journal File, etc.).
Note that if you are searching
for an existing file with a nonstandard
extension, you may need to modify the
at the end of the
path in the
Filter text entry box. For example, if you are reading
a data file, the default extension in the search path will be
*.dat*, and only those files that have a
will appear in the
Files list. If you want files with a
extension to appear in the
Files list, you can change the
search pattern to
*.DAT*. If you want all files in the
directory to be listed in the
Files list, enter just
the search pattern.
If you are reading multiple XY-plot data files,
file will be added to the list of
XY File(s). You can choose
file, following the instructions above, and it will also be added to this list.
(If you accidentally select the wrong file, you can choose it in the
XY File(s) list and click the
Remove button to remove it from
the list of files to be read.) Repeat until all of the desired files are in the
XY File(s) list.
If you are writing a case, data, or radiation file, use the
Write Binary Files check box to specify whether the
file should be written as a text or binary file. You can read and
edit a text file, but it will require
more storage space than the same file in binary format.
Binary files take up less space and can be read and written by
FLUENT more quickly.
OK button to read or write the specified file.
Shortcuts for this step are as follows:
If your file appears in the
and you are
not reading an XY file, double-click
it instead of just selecting it. This will automatically activate
OK button. (If you are reading an XY file, you will always have
OK yourself. Clicking or double-clicking will just add the
selected file to the
XY File(s) list.)
If you entered the name of the file in the
File text entry box,
you can press the
<Enter> key instead of clicking the