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The NetPoint timescale is both interactive and instantaneous. When the mouse is moved over the canvas, the date and day of the week display above the cursor. As the cursor moves, the date changes to reflect the exact calendar date that the cursor is set at. If the date is a non-working period or holiday (according to the default calendar), the date text appears red.

When placing objects, the cursor will change to a cross-hairs as long as it is over the canvas. After placing an object, it will switch back to the select tool, except for with activities, delays, or shades.

When an object is selected, its dates and durations will enlarge, other fields will be hidden, and black boxes will appear at the ends and at the center. Instructions for selecting and modifying objects can be found below.

NOTE: Moving objects rapidly or suddenly with the mouse may cause negative gaps in rare instances. If this happens, click Undo and use the Gestural Interface or arrows on the keyboard instead. For more info, see Fine-Tuning/Gestural Controls.

Steps

Selecting Multiple Objects

  1. Click the Select Tool Select Tool Icon icon from the toolbar.
  2. Click the first object on the canvas.
  3. Press the SHIFT key on the keyboard.
  4. Without letting go, click the next object on the canvas.

or

  1. Click the Multi-Object Select Tool Multi Select Icon icon from the toolbar.
  2. Click the first object on the canvas.
  3. Click the second object on the canvas.

or

  1. With either the Select Tool Select Tool Icon or Multi-Object Select Tool Multi Select Icon chosen in the toolbar, click on an empty portion of the canvas.
  2. Without letting go, drag the cursor until a box is formed around the desired objects.
  3. When finished, let go.

Selecting Overlapping Objects

  1. With the Select Tool Select Tool Icon chosen in the toolbar, right-click on the object you want to select.
  2. Choose the desired object(s) until a checkmark appears to the left.
    1. To select, choose Select checked items.
    2. To open the right-click menu for a single item, choose Context menu for selected item.
    3. To cancel, left-click outside of the menu.

Modifying Positions/Durations

  1. With the Select Tool Select Tool Icon chosen in the toolbar, click the desired object on the canvas, without releasing the mouse.
  2. To change the grid position, move the mouse up or down.
    1. When finished, release the mouse.
  3. To change the start or finish, move the mouse left or right.
    1. When finished, release the mouse.
  4. To change the duration of an activity or width of a shade, release the mouse.
    1. Move the cursor over the start or finish node or over the left or right edge respectively until a double-arrow appears
    2. Click the mouse, and without letting go, drag the cursor to the left or right
    3. When finished, release the mouse.
  5. Click anywhere on the canvas to deselect the object.

NOTE: For other methods of modifying positions/duration, see Fine-Tuning/Gestural Controls.