CUSTOM PATTERN MAKER - Chapter IV - pg 17
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    As you become familiar with the multi-step or multiple choice commands you will discover that TYPEing the appropriate letter will, on some occasions, be faster than choosing them from the menu.

      

5.  POP-DOWN MENUS (VERY IMPORTANT - READ THIS)

5.1. To use a pop-down menu, SELECT the menu category CLICKing the cursor  the NAME of the MENU on the menu bar.  You  will see a menu box appear on the screen over you drawing.  The  menu will stay open after you let your cursor button up until your SELECT a command.

5.2. SELECT the command you want from the menu box by CLICKing your cursor on the command NAME. When you SELECTed a command it is automatically activated and  the menu box will disappear.  Some commands lead to a sub-menu that will “fly-out” from the main pop-down menu.  This window will also stay open after you let your cursor button up until you SELECT a command.

5.3. When a command has multi-part choices, the “fly-out” submenu will have the multiple choices listed on it. When the “fly-out” menu opens, the command is not yet activated.  To activate the command, you will need to click on the command NAME at the top of the “fly-out” menu. They “fly-out” menu will then close.

5.4. Once the command is activated you can enter the multi-choice commands by reopening the popdown menu and SELECTing the command or by TYPEing them in on the keyboard. If you TYPE them in, remember that you need to ENTER the command by TYPEing the ENTER button on the keyboard or CLICKing the ENTER button on your cursor for the command to take effect.
    

6. THE ON-SCREEN COMMAND DIALOGUE AREA

At the bottom of the screen is a band of white area where the computer "talks" to you.

     After you have selected a command from the MENU, the computer will often ask for additional command information or give you a "string" of sub-commands to choose from.  Often this "string" of choices will end with one of the sub-commands in a < >.  The command in < >s is called "the default command".  This means that if you only TYPE or CLICK ENTER the computer will execute the command in the < >s next.

If you wish to choose a different sub-command than the default command, you will need to type the letter which is capitalized in the sub-command string menu as it appears on the computer screen.  For example: Close/Join/Width/ Edit vertex/Fit curve/Spline curve/Decurve/Undo/eXit