2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 11, 2012 3:44 PM by John Sweeney

    Minimized file icons moving when clicked due to toolbar appearance

    Don Blake

      I don't recall seeing this behavior in SW2011, but since upgrading to SW2012 (SP2,  haven't yet loaded SP3), I have been very frustrated with an odd quirk.


      Scenario:  you are working on several documents and have many of them minimized in the SW2012 workspace


      You want to activate one of the documents, but when you click on the icon, it brings up any document-type specific toolbars and moves all the icons in the workspace to make room for the toolbar.  This becomes a problem because to restore or maximize a window, you need to do 2 clicks - one to 'activate' the icon and a second to issue the restore or maximize command.    The problem comes in when you click on the document's appropriate icon, it loads the document-specific toolbar (which, for drawings, I have off to the left side of the screen).  When this toolbar is loaded, the document's minimized window shifts one icon over and you either do nothing or in some cases, I have outright closed a document that I was trying to open.   (this would happen when a drawing document is selected and it's toolbar is active, and you want to maximize a part or assembly document.  On the first click, the icon is selected and the toolbar vanishes, then the icons move to the left and you now click on the X and the window that you wanted to open is now closed).


      See below


      SW2012_workspace shift.jpg


      Has anyone else been frustrated with this behavior?

        • Re: Minimized file icons moving when clicked due to toolbar appearance
          John Sweeney

          Hi Don,

          This looks like a bug with XP machines or XP themed display.  This is not an issue on Win7.  The reason you see everything shift is because you have a different toolbar layout for Drawings vs. Parts.  When you activate the part document, the "Drawings toolbar" is hidden and this changes the size of the application document space (the grey background area, also known as MDI client space).


          As a workaround to this issue, if you were to dock a similar toolbar in the left dock area for part documents then it would avoid the MDI client space from changing size when you change from the drawing document type to part doucment type.  Most people avoid having different toolbar layouts for different document types because everything tends to "jump" when you switch doc types.  The "jumping" would be expected... your issue is not expected and is an oversight on our part.


          As a bit of background... If I look at the behavior in SW2011, it will push the "Restore" button on the title bar when the "mouse-down" action occurs.  In SW2012 we require that the "mouse-up" event also occur on the button.  Unforutnately, between mouse-down and mouse-up, the new document frame is activated and it causes the MDI client area to resize, which in turn moves the windows out from under your mouse pointer.


          Best Regards,