The File menu

Figure 1. The File
commands

The File menu deals with file operations. The file system used by SectionBuilder involves a number of input and output files.

Figure 1 shows the File menu, which gives access to the following commands.

  1. Open an existing master input file describing a SectionBuilder problem
  2. Save a SectionBuilder problem to a file
  3. Backup a SectionBuilder problem to a file
  4. Exit SectionBuilder

Note that the commands of the File menu can also be reached from the toolbar directly. Many of the commands for SectionBuilder can be reached from the dropdown menus or through accelerator keys. For instance, as indicated in fig. 1, the menu Files→Open can be reached by typing CTRL+o, i.e., by pressing simultaneously the control key and the letter o. Accelerator keys are indicated in the dropdown menus.

Open a file (File→Open)

Figure 2. Selecting a “seb” file to open




To open a master input file in SectionBuilder, select the menu File→Open and the file selection dialog window appears, see fig. 2.

The extension for SectionBuilder master input files is “seb”. Command File→Open open the file selection dialog window, which lists the master input files available in the directory you have selected.

Figure 2 shows a number of “ProblemName.seb” that can be opened. Double click on the file name to open the desired SectionBuilder problem.







Save a file (File→Save)

Figure 3. Saving a SectionBuilder master input file

If a SectionBuilder master input file has been modified, it must be saved using the File→Save command. To save a master input file, select the menu File→Save and the file selection dialog window appears, see fig. 3.

In the example illustrated in fig. 3, master input file “TestCARC.seb” was opened and is currently loaded in SectionBuilder. Invoking command File→Save opens the file selection dialog window, which lists the master input files available in the directory you have selected. Additionally, the file selection dialog windows suggests the name of the file to be saved as “TestCARC.seb”, i.e., the present, modified problem will be saved in the original file, which is overwritten.

To save the present problem to another file, simply type an alternative file name, say “NewCARC.seb”. The old file, “TestCARC.seb” remains unaffected and the present problem is save to file “NewCARC.seb”. Make sure to use the extension “seb” to identify the new file as a SectionBuilder master input file.

Backup a file (File→Backup)

Figure 4. Backing up a SectionBuilder master input file

Prior to modifying a SectionBuilder master input file, it is good practice to create a backup file using the File→Backup command. To backup a master input file, select the menu File→Backup and the file selection dialog window appears, see fig. 4.

In the example illustrated in fig. 4, master input file “TestCARC.seb” was opened and is currently loaded in SectionBuilder. Invoking command File→Backup opens the file selection dialog window, which lists the master input files available in the directory you have selected. Additionally, the file selection dialog windows suggests the name of the backup file as “TestCARC_BAK.seb”.

To backup the present problem to a file with another name, simply type an alternative file name, say “BackupCARC.seb”. Make sure to use the extension “seb” to identify the new file as a SectionBuilder master input file.

Exiting SectionBuilder (File→Exit)

Figure 5. The Save model
prompt dialog

Use command File→Exit to exit SectionBuilder. If the problem has been modified, you will be prompted to save your work, as illustrated in fig. 5.

  1. Click Yes to save your work; the File→Save command is invoked automatically, opening the file selection dialog window illustrated in fig. 4. Once the problem is saved, SectionBuilder closes.
  2. Click Close to exit SectionBuilder without saving your edits.