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Customising Shelves

Shelves, Marking Menus and Hotkeys are designed to allow you to customise the Alias interface to suit your needs.

Well-meaning colleagues may urge you to copy their shelves (we all think we've got the best way of working...) Take a look at theirs to get ideas, but you should build up your own shelves, over time, as you get experience with Alias.

It's normal for users to have very different preferences in the way they work. This ability to customise can make huge differences to the comfort and efficiency of your modelling, so take the time to get them right, and don't be afraid to change and improve them as your Alias skills grow.

Example of a Personalised shelf set

Tools for Working with Shelves

The following are the main tools and techniques for creating your own shelves:

For more information, access the Help for the shelves using the right mouse button on the shelf title bar.

Help available on the Shelves menu

Recommendations for Designing Shelves

There are three main reasons for adding tools to a shelf:

Note: Single-Tools and Sub-Menus

Be careful to choose either a whole menu, or just a single tool when dragging tools onto the shelves.

How to get single tools from a sub-menu

Saving Shelves

Once you have added tools and tabs to the shelves, you must save them:

Saving shelves

To save the shelf as the default shelf, AND all other changes to the interface:

To save only the changes to the shelf as the new default shelf

OR...

Control Panel Shelf

The Control Panel shelf works exactly the same as the main shelf, it just offers a second, smaller area for customisation.

The shelf is specific to the four Application Modes, and will change when the modes are changed.

Control Panel shelves