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Expanding upon our blog post from two weeks ago, here are some more tips to help you up your productivity while working within Exponent.
#1. Two tips for accessing Help topics quickly in Exponent
Here are two simple tricks. From anywhere in the Exponent program you can just hit the F1 key and the help topic related to the active item will be automatically displayed.
You can also click on the icon with the arrow and question mark.
That will activate a context sensitive arrow as the active mouse. Then you can navigate to any drop down menu or click on any part of the screen and the program will jump to the appropriate section of the help menu.
#2. If you do not wish to see the Product Testing Guide when the program starts up, then simply go to the File Preferences-User-Miscellaneous Settings.
From that screen – simply uncheck the tick box for “Show Product Testing Guide on startup”. While there – take a look at the other aspects of the program that you can toggle on or off.
#3. Create a Shortcut for any action in Exponent.
If you are always conducting the same action in Exponent – just make a shortcut! Go to the Tools-Change Shortcuts option. Navigate in the window to the action you always do. Click on the Create Shortcut button. Then you can assign any combination of Shortcut keys that you wish. In the example below we used the F6 key to create an Average File from a set of selected arc files.
#4. Did You Know that Exponent Creates a Test History of every single test and that you can easily access and use that database?
Every test that has been conducted with Exponent is logged in the Test History database. You can explore the database by going to the File-Recent Files-View Test History menu. You can then see the dozens, hundreds or even many thousands of files that have been created using Exponent. You can see the file names, the batch names, the file paths and even whether the files are “missing”. You can double click on arc files to open them with Exponent. You can sort the list by file name, by date or by path in either ascending or descending order.