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Function Windows

There are two flavors of Function Windows, for functions with and without arguments. Both have the following features:

Function Button

This is the large button at the top of the window labeled with the function's name. Clicking on this button executes the function. The arrow at the right side of the button indicates that hitting $\langle$return$\rangle$ when the mouse is in this window will also execute the function.

Dismiss Button

Clicking the button labeled Dismiss closes the Function Window without executing the function.

? Button

The button with the question mark on it prints a short description of the function to the Message Window.

Freeze Button

When the Freeze Button is highlighted, the Function Window will not disappear after the function is executed. Click on the button to turn it on and off. A frozen function window can be used to execute the same function repeatedly without returning to the Menu from whence it came. The Menu does not need to stay open.

The following features are only present for functions that take arguments:

Set Default Button

Click here to make the current values of the arguments in this window the default arguments. The default arguments are the ones used when you double-click on the function name in the Menu, and the ones displayed when the Function Window is first displayed.

Copy Button

This button opens another identical Function Window with identical arguments. Having two function windows allows you to repeatedly execute commands with different arguments.


Each argument to the function is listed at the bottom of the Function Window. You can enter values for the arguments in almost exactly the same way as you enter values for Variables in the Menus. The difference is that there is no equivalent to the Set button, since all argument values are automatically set when the function is executed. The $\langle$tab$\rangle$ key will let you move from one numerical argument to the next. Important Note! Remember that the $\langle$return$\rangle$ key executes the function--don't accidentally execute the function by hitting $\langle$return$\rangle$ when you only wanted to go to the next argument.

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