All About the G5 Navigation Bar

In software, the concept of “navigation” refers to the user interface elements that allow you to move around in the program.

By default, SOS G5 displays a Navigation Bar on the left edge of your screen as the primary way you get to the system’s various features.



You might be interested in some options for the placement and operation of the Navigation Bar. At the least, most everyone should take advantage of the Favorites feature to improve your efficiency while using SOS:

  • Copy the links you use most to the Favorites section at the top of the Navigation Bar.  After a short while using SOS, you will probably find that there are some navigation links that you use many times every day, and other links that you use rarely or never.  Copy those all-the-time links to the Favorites section of the navigation tree to eliminate the need to expand the tree and search for what you want. To add a link to the Favorites section, simply highlight the desired link and click the “Heart” button on the top toolbar. To remove a link in the Favorites section, highlight the desired Favorites link and click the “X-Heart” button on the top toolbar. (Video below.)
  • Make the bar wider or narrower by dragging the divider to the left or right. Move the mouse pointer over the divider, stopping when it changes shape, then click and drag. (Video below.)
    Windows interface – Adjust Nav Bar Width:
  • Auto Hide the Nav Bar. Right-click the “Navigation” title at the top of the Navigation Bar, then select the Auto Hide option. (Video below.)
  • Move the Navigation Bar to the right side instead of the left. Click the Navigation title at the top of the Navigation Bar and drag it to the right side of the screen. When you see the position anchor appear, continue to drag until your mouse pointer is over the anchor, then drop. (Video below.)
  • Change the Navigation Bar to a Navigation Tab (Dock as Tabbed Document). Similar to Auto Hide, the Tab option gives you the more screen space for your work than a docked Navigation Bar, but still keeps Navigation just one click away. There are two ways to make this change. Method One: Click the Navigation title at the top of the Navigation Bar and drag it to the desired position in horizontal area where the tabs are displayed. (Video below.)

Method Two: Right-Click the Navigation title, then select Dock as Tabbed Document. (Video below.)

Hide and Restore the Navigation Panel

If you suddenly find that the Navigation Panel is no longer visible on your screen, don’t panic. First of all, while the most convenient way to get around the software, the Navigation Panel is not the only way. In a pinch, you can always click View on the menu at the top of program, then click Navigation to show a drop down menu of all the navigation categories.

That will get you where you want to go, but you will probably want to restore the Navigation bar to its rightful place on the screen. Also on the View menu, right at the top, you will see a selection called Panels. Go ahead and click View, then Panels, then Navigation. You will probably find that the Hidden option is checked, so click Visible to restore the Navigation panel to its previous position. If you should ever prefer to hide the panel, use the same sub-menu change the option from Visible to Hidden. The other option on that sub-menu is Auto Hide, which we showed you previously.

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