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Basic Operations

Table of Contents

  1. I have DOS based recipe software now. Am I going to be able to use CookenPro easily?
  2. What basic Windows operations do I need to know?
  3. How do I use the mouse?
  4. How do I manage a form or view and why is this important?
  5. What is the cursor and how do I move it?
  6. How do I click or double click a field?
  7. How do I use a scroll bar?
  8. How do I select text?
  9. How do I copy and paste?
  10. What basic things do I need to know about the way CookenPro operates?
  11. How do I bring up the help files?
  12. What are control tips and how can I use them?
  13. What is a form?
  14. How do I make selections on a form?
  15. How do I use a drop down list?
  16. How do I use type-ahead text?
  17. How do I make selections from the ‘Functions’ menu and why are selections located here?
  18. How do I change the amount of information that is displayed in a field?
  19. What are navigation bars?
  20. Where can I find more information on these topics?

I have DOS based recipe software now. Am I going to be able to use CookenPro easily?

Yes. You will have to know a few basic operations, which we explain in the Basic Operations section.  CookenPro also comes with an illustrated CD tutorial and help files.

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What basic Windows operations do I need to know?

You need to know how to use a mouse, how to manage a window, what is a cursor and how to move it, how to click or double-click on a field, how to use a scroll bar, or how to copy and paste.  It is helpful to know how to select text for copying.  It is helpful to know that you can bring a view (form) to the front of the screen by clicking it with the mouse.  This is useful in using when you are using Advanced Find.  You can just click the 'Select Cookbook(s) and Category(s)' form to bring it back to the front to reset the cookbook(s) and Category(s) that you are interested in searching. 

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How do I use the mouse?

The mouse is divided into two parts - a left mouse and a right mouse.  These are the two sections that you can press down at the top of the mouse.  Unless otherwise specified, clicking the mouse or selecting refers to the left mouse.  The cursor on your screen moves as you roll the mouse on your mouse pad.

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How do I manage a form or view and why is this important?

The form or view is the image on your computer screen. There are three little images at the top right.  These are the "-" image, the folders image, and the 'X' image.  Clicking on the '-' image minimizes the form and makes an icon that sits on the bottom of your view until you double click it, at which time it is restored to the size it was when it was minimized.  Clicking on the 'X' closes the form.  Clicking on the folders image maximizes it or makes it take up the entire screen or restores it to the size it was before it was maximized if it is already maximized.  Most views can have their size adjusted by putting the cursor on the bottom or side of the view until the cursor turns into a horizontal or vertical arrow with arrowheads at both ends.  When this happens depress the left mouse button and drag the view to the size you want.  This is important because the forms or views in CookenPro are manageable in the same way as the forms or views of your windows operating system.  If you know how to these, you will know instantly how to manage CookenPro views.

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What is the cursor and how do I move it?

The cursor is the arrow shaped indicator that moves when you move the mouse around on the mouse pad.  It turns to an ‘I’ shape with bars at the top when it is inside an application.

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How do I click or double click a field?

Move the cursor to the field or information you are interested in and click the left mouse button rapidly once or twice.  All through CookenPro, the recipe name can be double-clicked at any time to display all the information for a recipe.  You can then click the ‘X’ at the upper, right of the view to close it.  You can rapidly look at any recipe or any number of recipes you want by clicking recipe name and then clicking the ‘X’ to close the view when you are done looking at it.

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How do I use a scroll bar?

The scroll bar is located on the right side of a view.  The scroll bar typically has little arrowheads at the bottom and top of a view and a square box that moves up and down the scroll bar.  Putting the cursor on the box and holding the left mouse button down at the same time allows you to drag the box up and down the bar.  Dragging the box down causes text to scroll up the view.  Dragging the box up causes the text to scroll down on a view.  This is the same way that scroll bars work on your Internet browser and it is the same way that scroll bars work on views inside of CookenPro.   Your browser and CookenPro will display a horizontal scroll bar when there information is too wide to be displayed.  This works in the same way as vertical scroll bars except the little box is moved to the left and right instead of up and down.

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How do I select text?

Text is selected by depressing the left mouse button and dragging the cursor horizontally along the text you want to select.  Release the mouse button when you are finished.  Selected text is colored black.  You can select more than one line of text by continuing to depress the mouse while moving the cursor vertically on a page.  You can also select a single line of text, release the mouse button, and then at the end of the section that you want to select, select the last line whilst holding the shift key down.  The entire section you want from the first line to the last will be selected.  You can select all of the text on an entire page by selecting the edit button in an application and then selecting ‘Select All’.  In general these would be applications that you might be selecting recipe text from that you would then want to copy into CookenPro.   Typically, these might be Notepad, WordPad, or a browser window.

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How do I copy and paste?

In general you copy and paste by selecting the text that you wish to copy from your browser or editor and then selecting ‘copy’ from the ‘edit’ menu.  After this to paste into CookenPro, place the cursor where you want to selected text to go and then select ‘paste’ from the ‘Tools’ menu.  The places where recipe information is pasted into CookenPro are in the recipe field at the top right of the ‘Enter a Recipe’ or ‘Edit a Recipe’ views.

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What basic things do I need to know about the way CookenPro operates?

You need to know how to bring up CookenPro help files, how to use Control Tips, what a ‘form’ is, how to make selections on a form for deletion, how to use a drop down list, and how to use type-ahead text, how to make selections from the ‘Functions’ menu, how to change field sizes or use the zoom facility to display more information, and what are navigation bars.

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How do I bring up the help files?

You can bring up CookenPro help by going to Start->Programs->CookenPro Help or by selecting help at the top of any view.  You can press the F1 key any time inside of CookenPro and the help files will be displayed for the view that you are currently on or for the field that your cursor is in.

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What are control tips and how can I use them?

There are little buttons or icons at the top of CookenPro.  These differ depending on the view that you are in when you are using CookenPro.  When you move the cursor to one of these icons and hold it, the purpose of it will be displayed.

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What is a form?

In general we are using the terms ‘form’ and ‘view’ interchangeably.  On some forms there are multiple rows, one for each of an item.  For example, on the ‘Find a Recipe’ form or view, there are many rows, each of which represents a single recipe.

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How do I make selections on a form?

You can make selections on any form that has multiple rows that display items.  Typical forms from which you can select rows are the 'Find a Recipe' form or the 'Shopping Form'. One row or multiple rows can be selected. To select a single row such as a recipe from the 'Find a Recipe' form, move the cursor to the left border of any recipe row. A recipe row is ready to be selected when the cursor turns into a horizontal, black arrow. Click your mouse.  The entire row will turn black.  If you continue to hold the left mouse button down and drag the cursor down rows of recipes, every selected row will turn black. You can use the red 'X' at the top of the page to delete any selected recipe. Whole cookbooks and categories can be deleted this way. Click the mouse in any field on the form and the rows will be unselected. 

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How do I use a drop down list?

You can display a drop down list by putting the cursor in any field that has one.  A little downward arrow will be displayed on the right side of the field.  Click this and all available entries are displayed.  In general all of something such as a numbers, an ingredient names, or units of measure that have previously been entered into the database will be available for selection on the drop down list.  Just select the entry that you want with the cursor.  The drop down lists are constructed as you type, so if you want fewer entries in a very large list to select from, just enter the first character.

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How do I use type-ahead text?

When you are entering information such as ingredients for a recipe, CookenPro matches entries as you type in characters.  So if you type in ‘b’, CookenPro will put “bacon” in the field.  If this is what you want select it.  If it is not what you want, continue typing.  At the first non-matched character, CookenPro clears the field.  This means if you continue to type an ‘a’ as your next character CookenPro will display ‘baking soda’.  If you want ‘baking soda’, you are done.  If you really want ‘basil’, just continue typing.

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How do I make selections from the ‘Functions’ menu and why are selections located here?

Just select ‘Functions’ at the top, left of any CookenPro view and select from the list.  Select by pressing the left mouse on the highlighted selection.  The selections are highlighted as you move the cursor up and down the list.  The‘Functions’ menu is available from any view in CookenPro.  This is what makes it useful.  If the ‘Main Switchboard’, from which almost all CookenPro activity can begin, is closed or you have closed it, just select it from the ‘Functions’ menu at any time.

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How do I change the amount of information that is displayed in a field?

Move the cursor to the line in between the field titles at the top of a view in the columns that you want to resize.  When the cursor is in the right place.  It turns into a black cross with arrows at both ends of the horizontal bar.  Press the left mouse button down and drag the border of the field that you want to see more of to a new, resized dimension.  For example, CookenPro keeps 100 characters in the recipe field, but only displays a fraction of that in the find a recipe view.  If you want to see all of your recipes with the entire recipe name, the recipe name field can be resized as detailed above.  If you want to see more of an individual field or you want to change the font size or style, use the ‘zoom’ facility.  This is done by placing the cursor on the information that you are interested in and then pressing the shift and F2 keys at the same time.

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What are navigation bars?

Navigation bars are the little arrowheads that are present on the bottom left of some of your views.  The number of recipes or items in a view is always displayed to the right of the navigation bars.  Clicking the right arrow causes the view to go to the next recipe, in effect paging forward.  Clicking the left arrow causes the view to go to the previous recipe, in effect, paging backward.  This is explained and illustrated in your help files.

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Where can I find more information on these topics?

By all means view the CD tutorial or help files that come with your CookenPro.  These concepts are illustrated as well as explained.

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