Altova DatabaseSpy 2024 Professional Edition

Menu Bar, Toolbars, and Status Bar

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The menu bar contains the various application menus. The following conventions apply:


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

Some menu commands pop up a sub-menu with a list of additional options. Menu commands with sub-menus 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 sub-menu is indicated for a menu item, the submenu opens when you place the cursor over 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.

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 open a new SQL Editor; the shortcut key F2 to rename a database object.



The toolbars contain buttons that are shortcuts for commands found in the menus. The name of the command appears when you place your mouse pointer over the button. To execute the command, click the button.


Toolbar buttons are arranged in groups. In the Tools | Customize | Toolbars dialog, or when right-clicking into the toolbar and selecting Customize, you can specify which toolbar groups are to be displayed. 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 and displays (i) status information about the connection to data sources, the loading of database content, and 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 DatabaseSpy, 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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