Modeling requires a user to use and deal with files all the time, especially when choosing a workspace or opening a project or generating reports. There are two ways of choosing a file or a directory. One by using the path completion feature. The second way is by directly browsing through folders using the file chooser button .
This however, can take a lot of time and mouse-clicks. Here we will use report generation (PDF) as an example.
Using Path Completion
Path completion automatically shows you all the possible executables when you type in part of a path into a file chooser. This feature is available in all file drop-down menus, making it quicker to find a file or directory instead of browsing through folders. This feature is available not only in Windows but in Mac OSX and Linux as well.
1. Type the drive that the file/directory is in, e.g. C:\ . A scroll down menu will appear with all the possible executables for that drive.
2. You can then scroll through possible files/directories using the up/down button.
3. Press the \ key to show files and folders in a directory.
4. When you have found the directory/ file you want to use just click on it in the scroll down menu and the complete path will show in the ‘Output path’ box. Type a name for your report and add the file extension .pdf to generate the report.
Using File Chooser
1. To directly browse through folders, click on the file chooser button at the end of the output path box. This will open a dialog box which shows your user area.
2. Click through the folders and directories to find the file you want
3. When you have selected a folder/ directory enter a name for your file and press ‘Save’. The complete path for your file will be shown in the output path box.