Altova XMLSpy 2024 Enterprise Edition

Menu Bar

The menu bar (see illustration) contains the various application menus. The following conventions apply:


If commands in a menu are not applicable in a view or at a particular location in the document, they are unavailable.

Some menu commands pop up a submenu with a list of additional options. Menu commands with submenus are indicated with a right-pointing arrowhead to the right of the command name.

Some menu commands pop up a dialog that prompts you for further information required to carry out the selected command. Such commands are indicated with an ellipsis (...) after the name of the command.

To access a menu command, click the menu name and then the command. If a submenu is indicated for a menu item, the submenu opens when you mouseover the menu item. Click the required sub-menu item.

A menu can be opened from the keyboard by pressing the appropriate key combination. The key combination for each menu is Alt+KEY, where KEY is the underlined letter in the menu name. For example, the key combination for the File menu is Alt+F.

A menu command (that is, a command in a menu) can be selected by sequentially selecting (i) the menu with its key combination (see previous point), and then (ii) the key combination for the specific command (Alt+KEY, where KEY is the underlined letter in the command name). For example, to create a new file (File | New), press Alt+F and then Alt+N.

Some menu commands can be selected directly by pressing a special shortcut key or key combination (Ctrl+KEY). Commands which have shortcuts associated with them are indicated with the shortcut key or key combination listed to the right of the command. For example, you can use the shortcut key combination Ctrl+N to create a new file; the shortcut key F8 to validate an XML file. You can create your own shortcuts in the Keyboard tab of the Customize dialog (Tools | Customize).



The toolbars (see illustration) contain icons that are shortcuts for selecting menu commands. The name of the command appears when you place your mouse pointer over the icon. To execute the command, click the icon.


Toolbar buttons are arranged in groups. In the Tools | Customize | Toolbars dialog, you can specify which toolbar groups are to be displayed. These settings apply to the current view. To make a setting for another view, change to that view and then make the setting in the Tools | Customize | Toolbars. In the GUI, you can also drag toolbar groups by their handles (or title bars) to alternative locations on the screen. Double-clicking the handle causes the toolbar to undock and to float; double-clicking its title bar causes the toolbar to dock at its previous location.


Status Bar

The Status Bar is located at the bottom of the application window (see illustration) and displays (i) status information about the loading of files, and (ii) information about  menu commands and command shortcuts in the toolbars when the mouse cursor is placed over these. If you are using the 64-bit version of XMLSpy, this is indicated in the status bar with the suffix (x64) after the application name. There is no suffix for the 32-bit version.


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