Customizing Window Layouts

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In the S5 Sequencer, you can customize the position, size and behavior of windows to create window layouts that work best for your computer setup. When you customize the layout, the Sequencer remembers it. For example, if you change the docking location of the Playback window and then close the Sequencer, the next time that you start, the Playback window will be docked in that same location.

 

Windows That Can Float

 

The Playback Window, Previews Window, Control Lights Window, Motion Effects Window, and Start Page can be docked in any position within the main program window, or they can float outside the program window. Note that the Motion Effects Window is only displayed when you have the a PRO license.

 

Clicking the "X" in the upper right corner of one of these windows will hide it. Hidden windows will appear on the the Window menu. Selecting the name of a hidden window on the Windows menu will unhide it.

 

The Window menu with all options displayed

The Window menu with all options displayed

 

StandardToolbarViewAnimation If a sequence is open, you can click on this toolbar icon to hide and unhide the Playback Window.

 

Any of these windows that is docked inside the main windows can be pinned so that they stay open, or unpinned so that they automatically hide themselves after use.

 

Unpinned Window

Unpinned Window

 

Pinned Window

Pinned Window

 

These windows can float outside of the main program window. If you have multiple display monitors, the floating windows can be moved onto them, giving you lots of space to do your sequencing.

 

There are several ways to float a window:

To float the current window (the one whose title bar is highlighted), select Window > Float Current Window from the main menu, or

Click on the title bar of a window and drag it away from the main window, or

Double-click on the title bar of a window

 

Likewise, there are several ways to dock a window that is floating:

Click on the title bar of a floating window and drag it back over the main window. As you are dragging, landing spot icons will appear -- release the mouse button when the cursor is over one of the landing spots to finish the docking, or

Double-click on the title bar of a floating window, or

Select Window > Reset Window Layout from the main menu, which will dock all windows

 

An example with 3 floating windows

An example with 3 floating windows

 

 

Sequence Windows

 

Sequence windows can only be docked within the main program window; they cannot float or be hidden. Each sequence window has a tab at the top which displays the name of the sequence. Hovering your cursor over a tab will display a tool-tip with the full path to the sequence file.

 

To the right of the name is an "X", which when clicked, will close the sequence. If you close the sequence and there are unsaved changes, you will be asked whether you want those changes saved or discarded.

While sequence tabs cannot float outside of the main window, the tab can dragged and docked to other sequences. This allows for sequences to be viewed side by side or one below the other. Select Window > Reset Window Layout from the main menu to restore the sequence tabs and all other windows to their default locations.

 

How to view sequences side by side

How to view sequences side by side