A sidebar provides a means for end users to multi-task or work with other applications while working in a single application. For example, users can chat with someone on their buddy list or check their calendar while viewing mail in the main window.
The shelf views may vary based on what the user is doing such that relevant views are seen alongside the application in which the user is working. These views are first generated when an application is open. As the user switches between applications, the views are updated to ensure that the relevant panels are on display. When the user closes all applications, the views are removed and the sidebar disappears. A sidebar is only shown when there is at least one application open in the main area, and at least one visible shelf panel.
Each sidebar can be resized and put into different “modes.” There are three modes the sidebar can be in: open/expanded, thin, and closed/collapsed. This allows users to benefit from the shelf views without having the shelf views be obtrusive. Users can adjust the width of the sidebar by dragging the vertical sash that separates the sidebar from the rest of the client. Users can also instantly collapse and expand the sidebar by clicking on the collapse bar located in the middle of that sash, where an arrow is displayed that points in the direction in which the sidebar will collapse or expand. In addition, the View
menu at the top of the window has options to change the mode of the sidebar.
When in “open” mode, users can collapse and expand each individual shelf view, or resize the shelves. Users can also rearrange the shelves by dragging and dropping, and add or remove the shelves by selecting or deselecting the panels from the View > Sidebar Panels
menu. If the sidebar sash is dragged such that the width becomes small enough, the sidebar will go into “thin” mode. When in thin mode, only the icons can be seen. A click on an icon of an a bpplication will expand the view both vertically (if the shelf is collapsed) and horizontally. When the sidebar is in “collapsed” mode, none of the shelves can be seen, and the only thing remaining is the sash and collapse bar facing the opposite direction to allow the user to expand the sidebar again.
The following preference can be used by deployers in their plugin_customization.ini
file to turn off sidebar completely in their product.
Parent topic: User interface organization: XPD622