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3.1 Displaying tool windows

There are many tools available, and you can display them in a number of ways.

You can also control how tools are re-used within the environment. That is, whether an existing Listener window (for example) is raised or a new one created, when you ask for a Listener tool. In this section we will discuss global and per-tool control of reuse.

3.1.1 Displaying existing windows

Choose the Windows menu from the podium. This menu contains a list of all the windows currently available in the environment. Choosing any item from this list brings the window to the front of the display.

3.1.2 Iconifying existing windows

To iconify a window, use the command provided by your window manager.

3.1.3 Displaying tools using the mouse

To display most tools:

  1. Choose the Tools menu from the podium.
  2. Most tools in the environment are listed in this menu.

  3. Choose the tool you require from the menu.


  1. Choose the Works > Tools menu from any tool.
  2. Choose the tool you require from this menu.


  1. Click the appropriate button on the Podium.
  2. For example, to display a Process Browser, click .

The tool is created (if necessary), and displayed. Using this method can be useful you may not remember immediately whether you have an existing instance of a given tool or not.

3.1.4 Displaying tools using the keyboard

Accelerators are provided for the popular items on the Tools menu. Each tool accelerator is an alphanumeric key together with platform-specific modifier keys as shown in Tool accelerator keys. You cannot configure these pre-defined tool accelerators. Tool accelerator modifier keys

On GTK+ and Motif the modifiers are Meta+Ctrl. For example, Meta+Ctrl+L raises a Listener. Tool accelerator keys

The accelerator keys for each tool are as shown in Tool accelerators

Tool accelerators

Tool Name






Output Browser




Class Browser


Generic Function Browser


Symbol Browser


Object Clipboard


Function Call Browser


Code Coverage Browser


System Browser


Compilation Conditions Browser


Search Files








Window Browser


Process Browser




Application Builder



None Special considerations when using tool accelerators

On GTK+ accelerators work only in KDE/Gnome editor emulation.

In the deprecated Motif GUI accelerators work only in KDE/Gnome editor emulation and you also need a keyboard with Alt on mod1 and Meta on a different modifier (for example, mod3).

3.1.5 Re-using tool windows Global control of re-use

By default, tools windows are re-used where possible. For example, suppose you already have a Listener window (potentially iconified) but do not have an Inspector window. When you choose Tools > Listener in the podium, the existing Listener is displayed. When you choose Tools > Inspector , an Inspector is created and displayed.

You can switch off re-use of tool windows. To do this, first raise the Preferences dialog as described in Setting preferences. In the Preferences dialog under Environment > General > Window Options uncheck the Reuse all tools box and click OK . Now, when you choose Tools > Listener a new Listener is created, regardless of whether one already exists, and other tools behave in the same way.

The setting of Reuse all tools will be retained for your subsequent LispWorks sessions. Per-window control of re-use

When the Reuse all tools option is on, tools windows are reusable by default. However, it is possible to specify that a particular instance of a tool is not reusable. To make your Inspector not reusable, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that the Reuse all tools option is checked under Works > Tools > Preferences....
  2. In the Inspector window, open the menu Works > Customize and deselect the Reusable option.
  3. Now try Tools > Inspector . A new Inspector window is created.

The Reuse all tools option is persistent, but the per-tool setting Reusable applies only to the current instance of the tool, and it does not affect future sessions.

3.1.6 Toolbar configurations

Most tools have toolbars offering one-click access to frequently-used commands. For example, the Editor has a toolbar for operating on source code.

Figure 3.1 The Editor's source operations toolbar

You may prefer to remove such toolbars. You can control whether a tool displays its toolbars by the option Show Toolbar .

To hide toolbars for a particular type of tool:

  1. Raise the Preferences dialog as described in Setting preferences.
  2. Select the tool in the list on the left side of the dialog.
  3. Select the General tab on the right side of the dialog.
  4. Uncheck Show Toolbar and click OK to confirm the setting.

You can also customize the toolbar by removing rarely-used buttons and adding or removing separators between groups of buttons. To do this, raise the context menu on the toolbar, choose Customize and make your selections in the Customize Toolbar dialog. You can also use this menu to select whether this toolbar's buttons show an image, or text, or both.

Note: The functionality of each toolbar is available elsewhere. For example the Editor's source code operations are also available on the Buffer , Definitions and Expression menus.

3.1.7 Copying windows

Choose Works > Clone in a given tool window to make a copy of that tool window. This is useful, for instance, if you wish to have two different views on an object simultaneously, and allows you to have several copies of a tool without having to change its re-use property using the Works > Customize menu.

3.1.8 Closing windows

Close any window in the environment using one of the following methods:

3.1.9 Updating windows

To manually update any tool, choose Works > Refresh or click .

Updating a tool is a useful way of making a snapshot of an aspect of the environment that you are interested in. For instance, imagine you want to compare a number of instances of a CLOS class against a known instance of the same class using the Inspector. You can do this as follows:

  1. Create an object to inspect, by entering in a Listener
  2. (make-instance 'capi:text-input-pane)
  3. Choose Values > Inspect to view the object in the Inspector.
  4. Make sure the Inspector is the active window, and choose Works > Clone to make a copy of it.
  5. In the Listener, enter the same form again to create a second object.
  6. Note: You can use Esc P in Emacs emulation or Ctrl+Up in Windows emulation to get the previous Listener command.

  7. View the new object in the Inspector as in Step 2. Compare it to the original instance that is still displayed in the clone.

LispWorks IDE User Guide (Unix version) - 12 Feb 2015