Once you are into Calculix you move through the menus by pressing the first letter of the cascading menu list.
(In each case click on the thumbnail image to see the screen image)
The startup screen looks like this.
Then if you press "c" on the keyboard to select "Contracts" the screen will look something like this.
If you know an existing contract code (your own project title) then you can enter it here or alternatively pressing the <home> key will list all existing projects from which you can select your contract using the arrow keys.
If you type an entry which is not already known on the system then a new contract/project will be created something like this.
Note that (on the screen above) when you create or edit one of your contracts, there is a field available to enter your user name. If you enter your user name here then this will restrict access so that only someone logging on under your user name can work on this particular contract. If you leave this field blank then all users can work on it.
When you have selected the correct contract press <END> to continue. The screen will look something like this.
Press the first letter to cascade through the menu system or press <ESC> to go back. After pressing "m" on the keyboard to select "Measurement" the screen will look something like this.
After pressing "e" on the keyboard to select "Elements" the screen will look something like this
After pressing "c" on the keyboard to select "Copy" the screen will look something like this
Then, similarly to the procedure for selecting a contract above, if you press "m" on the keyboard to select (Copy from) "Master Library", the screen will look something like this.
If you know the name of the element you want to copy from you can type in the name or alternatively pressing the <home> key will list all elements to copy from and you can select using the arrow keys. The screen will look something like this.
A typical element might look like this.
Pressing the <F6> key (whilst editing an element) will toggle the screen display between the formula screen shown above and the description screen shown below. You can see that this door element has several (BQ measurable) items in it all linked to the door by a description and a formula.
Much of the keyboard control of Calculix uses the function keys F1-F12. A useful keyboard overlay (in MS Word) can be downloaded from here. Simply print out the document, cut out the overlay and place it on your keyboard next to your F1-F12 keys as a reminder of the function of each key. This is useful irrespective of your level of expertise.
From these examples, you can see the general method of moving through the Calculix menu system. For further information on this and the other workings of Calculix please consult the online manual.
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