Menu and Toolbar: Extras

The menu Extras and the corresponding toolbar contain various commands to customize the workflow:

The menu and the corresponding toolbar

Outline view mode

This menu item controls how to display views in the Canvas area of the Composer window. Per default, all views are displayed as they are: an Image view shows the associated bitmap, the Text view displays the text, etc. When the menu item Outline view mode is enabled, only the outline of the views is displayed. This is useful to get an impression of the composition of the GUI component. The following figure demonstrates the resulting effect without and with the menu item enabled:


When the Composer window is actually focused you can toggle Outline view mode by pressing the key E. This works even during an active interaction while you drag or resize a view. If the Composer is not focused, the menu item can be toggled only by using the shortcut CtrlE.

Zoom in

This command increases the zoom factor of the currently active Composer page to the next higher value. The actual zoom factor is displayed in the Zoom selection combo box.

Zoom out

This command decreases the zoom factor of the currently active Composer page to the next lower value. The actually zoom factor is displayed in the Zoom selection combo box.

Zoom 100 %

This command resets the zoom factor of the currently active Composer page to 100 %. The actually zoom factor is displayed in the Zoom selection combo box.

Scroll to origin

This command scrolls the Composer to its origin position.

Magnetic snap mode

With this command you enable or disable the magnetic alignment feature for views. If the Magnetic snap mode is enabled and you move or resize a view in the Composer window, the view is automatically aligned at edges, corners and centers of adjacent views as well as at edges and the center of the Canvas area itself. Similar occurs when you resize the Canvas area. This is useful to arrange the views when you compose a GUI component. Please note, the magnetic alignment feature affects views only and has no effect on bricks nor annotation members. These are always aligned at fixed grid. See also Alignment and grid.


To temporarily suppress the magnetic snap mode press the key Shift while dragging or resizing a view. If the mode is already deactivated with the menu item Magnetic snap mode, pressing the key Shift permits you to activate this feature temporarily again.

Pixel accurate mode

If your Windows workstation is connected to a HiDPI monitor and you have configured Windows to scale the screen contents, Embedded Wizard IDE is automatically scaled to appear correctly as other Windows application do. That also applies to the Composer and Prototyper windows. For example, when you have configured Windows to scale the contents with 175 %, the Composer and Prototyper will show the GUI components scaled accordingly with 175 %.

If this behavior is not desired, you can activate the menu item Pixel accurate mode. The Composer and the Prototyper will thereupon display all contents by ignoring the scaling resulting from Windows settings. If the specified Zoom factor is 100 %, 1 GUI pixel will correspond then to exact 1 pixel on your monitor.

Show whitespace signs

With this command you can control the appearance of whitespace characters (e.g. blanks or tabulators) in the Code Editor window. Per default, whitespace characters are not displayed. However, if this command is enabled, the whitespace characters appear as small dots as demonstrated in the following screenshot:

Enable virtual space

With this command you control the caret behavior in the Code Editor window. If virtual space is enabled, you can move the caret to any position within the Code Editor, even beyond the end of a text row. If the menu item Enable virtual space is disabled, the caret can be moved within the existing text only and the caret cannot be positioned after the end of the line unless spaces are added to accordingly move the carriage return.

Enable auto save

With this command you can determine whether Embedded Wizard Studio should automatically save the project modifications. If enabled, the usual project Save command is triggered periodically every 20 minutes.

Like the usual save operation, auto save overwrites your project files if there are changes in the project only.

Activate license ...

Except the Free edition, Embedded Wizard Studio is protected by a license key and license management system running on our servers. With the menu command Activate license ... you can enter your license key. The license key is provided by your distributor or TARA Systems GmbH after you have purchased a new or upgraded an existing license. When you activate this menu item, Embedded Wizard displays the Activate License dialog where you can enter the license key.


Versions of Embedded Wizard older than 10.00 were protected by a hardware USB dongle. Starting with the version 10.00 the license keys replace the dongles. If you update from an older version, please contact us to receive an adequate license key as replacement for the dongle.

Please note, the Free Edition of Embedded Wizard Studio doesn't use any license keys. Accordingly, the menu item Activate license ... is not available in this version.

Zoom selection

The Extras toolbar provides a combo box where the zoom factor of the currently active Composer page can be selected.

To see a list with available zoom factor values click on the small triangle on the right side of the Zoom selection combo box.

From the list select the desired zoom factor.