1. Properties Panel
Properties panel is perhaps the most often used panel in
paraview. This is the panel you would use to change properties
on modules in the visualization pipeline, including sources and filters, to control how
they are displayed in views using the
Display properties, and
to customize the view itself. In this chapter, we take a closer look at the
Properties panel to understand how it works.
1.1. Anatomy of the
Before we start dissecting the
Properties , remember that the
panel works on active objects, i.e., it shows the properties for the active
source and active view, as well as the display properties, if any, for active source in the active view.
1.1.2. Search box
Search box allows you to search for a property by using the name or the
label for the property. Simply start typing text in the
Search box, and the
panel will update to show widgets for the properties matching the text.
Properties panel has two modes that control the verbosity of the panel:
default and advanced. In the default mode, a smaller subset of the available
properties is shown. These are generally the frequently used properties for the
pipeline modules. In advanced mode, you can see all the available properties.
You can toggle between default and advanced modes using the
button next the
When you start searching for a property by typing text in the
irrespective of the current mode of the panel (i.e., default or advanced), all
properties that match the search text will be shown.
Did you know?
Search box is a recurring widget in
paraview. Several other panels
and dialog boxes, including the
Settings dialog and the
Color Map Editor ,
show a similar widget. Its behavior is also exactly the same as in the case of the
Properties panel. Don’t forget that the
button can be used to toggle between default and advanced modes.
Display , and
View sections in the panel
show widgets for properties on the active source, its display
properties in the active view, and the properties for the active view,
respectively. You can collapse/expand each of these sections by
clicking on the section name.
To the right of each section name is a set of four buttons. Clicking the copies the current set of property values to the clipboard while clicking the will paste those property values into another compatible panel section. Note that the paste icon is enabled only for panel sections where the copied properties can be pasted.
The next two buttons and enable customizing the default values used for those properties. Refer to Section 12.2 to learn more about customizing default property values.
1.2. Customizing the layout
Properties panel, by default, is set up to show the source, display, and
view properties on the same panel. You may, however, prefer to have each of these
sections in a separate dockable panel. You can indeed do so using the
Settings dialog accessible from the Edit > Settings menu.
General tab search of the
properties panel using the
Search box, you should see the setting that lets you pick whether to
combine all the sections in one (default), to separate out either the
sections in a panel, or to create separate panels
for each of the sections. You will need to restart
this change to take effect. Also, since the
Reset buttons only
apply to the
Properties section, they will only be shown in the dock panel
that houses it.