User Interface Concepts

This topic provides you basic information about managing your environment workspace. Environment workspace consists of toolbars, tool windows, menus and document area. To personalize menus and toolbars and to adjust their behavior to your needs, point to Toolbars in the View menu, and click Customize.


A toolbar is a container for a group of commands or controls that are typically related in their function.

dbForge Studio supports dockable toolbars. A dockable toolbar can be attached, or docked, to any side of its parent window, or it can be detached, or floated, in its own mini-frame window. This article explains how to use dockable toolbars in your applications.

If you drag a toolbar to the right or left side of the window, toolbar drop-down lists or combo boxes will not be available. For example, if you drag the Connection toolbar to the right or left side of the window, the Connection box will not be available.

The environment has a set of toolbars where reside buttons, using which you can accomplish most frequent tasks. The toolbar you can access depends on kind of document currently active. If it is not visible, right-click on toolbars area and choose one from the shortcut menu.

You can control which toolbars are allowed to appear, and which must be always visible. By default, when you switch between views or documents, corresponding toolbars appear and disappear. When a toolbar is visible, right-click on toolbar area and deselect its item in the shortcut menu to prevent it from showing even if corresponding view is active. If you want to make a toolbar always visible, select it in the shortcut menu, when corresponding document or view is not active. To return a toolbar to its default state select it in the shortcut menu when corresponding document or view is active. You can edit any toolbar, delete, or add your own in the Customization dialog box. To open it choose Customize from a toolbar shortcut menu.

Tools Windows

dbForge Studio tool windows are, in general, read-only windows that are not file-based. This way they differ from document windows, which display files in the read-write mode. The Toolbox and Properties windows are examples of tool windows. Tool windows can be docked, floating, or tabbed in the document frame. The tool windows are used to display information. The default size and location apply only when the tool window is first opened; after that the tool window state is persisted.

Placing Tool Windows to the Document Area

To place a tool window to the document area, activate it, and select one of the following options on the Window menu:

  • Float
  • New Horizontal Tab Group
  • Move to Next Tab Group

If floated, select Dock as Tabbed Document on the Window menu, or right-click its title and choose Dock as Tabbed Document on the shortcut menu.

Document Area

Document area typically displays SQL code or diagrams. Document area size can be manipulated by resizing docked tool windows. To free more space for documents, you can put docked tool windows to auto-hide mode by clicking the pushpin icon on the title bar of the window.

You can arrange documents in tab groups in document area. To create a tab group or move document to another tab group just drag a document to a drop point. Dragging a document to an arrow drop point will create new tab group; dragging it to the tab group central drop point will move the document to this tab group.

Multiple documents can be organized into horizontal or vertical tab groups for organizing a workspace for working with several documents at the same time. New document tab group can be created either by dragging document to the required place or by selecting New Horizontal Tab Group or New Vertical Tab Group from the document header shortcut menu.

Documents can be moved between tab groups by dragging-n-dropping or by selecting required command from the shortcut menu. You can expand a tab group to the whole document area and restore document tab groups’ sizes by selecting Prominent from the document header shortcut menu.

Switching Between Windows

This section contains information about how to switch between documents and tool windows.

To cycle through open documents, use the CTRL+TAB or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB key combinations. Press CTRL+TAB to switch to previously used document. Pressing CTRL+TAB again will return you to current document. Hit the TAB key while holding the CTRL key to cycle through recent documents stack. You can also use CTRL+SHIFT+TAB combination to browse documents in another direction.

To navigate from the current document tab to the next tab, use the CTRL+ALT+PGDOWN key combination. To navigate from the current document tab to the previous tab, use CTRL+ALT+PGUP key combination.

You can also switch between documents in the following ways:

  • By clicking document titles.
  • By clicking the down arrow near the right upper corner of the document area and selecting document name on the menu that appears.
  • By selecting document from the Window menu.
  • By selecting document in the Window > Windows dialog and clicking Activate.

To activate a tool window, use its shortcut key.

Switching to another skin

dbForge Schema Compare for MySQL provides you with several types of a skin. To switch to another skin, on the Tools menu, choose Skin, and then click the skin name you like.

The following skins are available:

  • Visual Studio Blue
  • Visual Studio Light
  • Visual Studio Dark
  • Office 2013
  • Office 2013 Dark Gray
  • Office 2013 Light Gray
  • Bezier