Editor tabbed panes

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Not all Editor panes are visible at one time. The Editor layout includes some panes that are "tabbed" for opening and closing. The layout can be customized, giving maximum access to the information you need.

The default location for its "tabbed panes" is on the left side of the Editor window. While you are working with a book or topic, you can change the layout by moving the nested tabs to another location, or by separating and displaying individual opened panes.

A tabbed pane can be:

  • Pinned open.

  • Nested, with one tab open.

  • Separated, with all tabs open.

  • Closed and moved to one side of the Editor.

  • Docked in a new location inside the Editor.

Any modifications you make to the layout of the tabs in the Editor will be saved and used the next time you open an object of that type (book or topic). The layouts used by the Editor when opening a book and opening a topic are saved separately, so changing one will not affect the other. You can therefore have two Editor layouts - one for working with topic content and one for working with book content.

Use the Reset Panels button on the Editor's View ribbon to return the tabs to the default layout, or if a tab is accidentally "hidden" after being moved.

The following tabs can be opened or closed, and arranged within the Editor layout to provide the information you want to see. The Book Contents tab opens by default when you open the Editor.

Book Contents tab

The Book Contents tab, which automatically opens when you open a book or topic in Editor, displays a structured hierarchical list of the objects that make up the content of your document, including your topics, the Table of Contents and Index, and so on. The tab includes a toolbar for working with the book's contents.

Books using this topic tab

The Books using this Topic tab is used to locate other books that include the open topic. You can also use the tab to switch from topic view to book view.

Search tab

The Search tab lets you locate objects in your book, or anywhere in the library, and add them to your current book or topic without moving focus away from the Editor. The search results are displayed directly in the tab, so you don't have to minimize or move windows to work with the object.

icon_OpenNewWindowVideo: Searching content in Author-it

Rules tab

Structure rules define the properties that are applied to a paragraph. The Rules tab displays verification (pass, fail, or content not matched to a rule) for each paragraph in the current topic.

Note: Verification is only displayed when the topic is based on a structured template.

Example tab

The Example tab displays a topic with information that guides the author in creating content that will validate against the structure criteria. The example topic can include any information that is appropriate for the author. The example topic is optional and does not have to be linked to a template's structure.

Note: The Example topic is only displayed when the current topic is based on a structured template.