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Existing IDF documents can be used like templates and re-purposed, without changing the original documents. The control file which built the IDF document can be edited in the IDF coding page of Console notebook. An area defined as a field may be treated as a clip region and copied to an IDF document.

Click to expand/collapse hidden textTo edit an IDF document
1.Open the document in the EscapeE window and its control file in the Source page of the Console notebook, see Viewing an IDF document.
2.Click Save as... from the Source code window's toolbar. Enter a new name for the file and click Save.
3.You now have a copy of the original IDF document's code open in an IDF page of the Console. You may:
oadd more clips using the Copy & Add to IDF feature and field clips using Copy clip to control file. And/or
oedit the code from the keyboard.
Programmers: see IDF syntax.
Non-programmers: see IDF editing tips.
4.Click Save from the IDF toolbar.
5.When you've finished editing, click Close on the IDF toolbar.
The IDF document remains on-view in the EscapeE window.

There are hints to help novice Users get started in IDF editing tips; dip into the IDF when you need to add a new feature (see Elements and Attributes, Notes and Samples).

Click to expand/collapse hidden textUsing fields as clip regions
1.Open the document in the EscapeE window and its control file in the Source page of the Console notebook, see Viewing an IDF document.
2.Open the component file then display the definition of the field for copying in the Field dialog.
3.Click Copy clip to control file button then OK to close the 'Field' dialog.
The field's area is added as a clip to the IDF document (the component file is unaffected).
Click to expand/collapse hidden textHot-keys

Hold down:

then click:

 

Ctrl 

A

Select All.

Ctrl 

B

Sets a checkpoint in the file which may be restored.

Ctrl 
Ctrl 

C or
Ins

Copy to clipboard, see also cut, paste.

Ctrl 

G

Call the Go to page dialog.

Ctrl 
Ctrl 

J or
Enter

Select IDF statements for the current page, see also next page.

Ctrl 
Ctrl 

N or
PageDown

Move to Next page and select its statement, see also current page.

Ctrl 

R

Undo editing to Restore file to its checkpoint state.

Ctrl 
Shift 

V or
Ins

Paste from clipboard, see also copy, cut.

Ctrl 
Ctrl 
Shift 

X or
Del or
Del

Cut to clipboard, see also copy, paste.

Ctrl 

Y

delete line.

Ctrl 
Alt 

Z or
Back

undo last update.

Click to expand/collapse hidden textNavigation keys

 

left arrow

go one character left.

 

right arrow

go one character right.

 

up arrow

go up one line.

 

down arrow

go down one line.

Ctrl 

left arrow

go to previous word

Ctrl 

right arrow

go to next word

 

Home

go to start of line

 

End

go to end of line

 

Pg up

go to previous page

 

Pg down

go to next page

Ctrl 
Ctrl 

Pg up or
Home

go to start of document

Ctrl 
Ctrl 

Pg down or
End

go to end of document

Blue diamond bullet Tip: To open a file specified in the code shown in the IDF editor, just double-click on its text string (any options found in an associated INI file are applied). If the file is on display already, the appropriate clip-region (found in associated EE file) is shown outlined in red.