Overview Graphical Components

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The various screens of IMSMA were designed to provide a common appearance.


Menus are lists of options that provide access to features. The menu on the IMSMA Navigation window displays across the top of the window. Other menus only display when you right-click on a specific area.

Editing menu

The editing menu is available from tables and text fields. The menu allows you to cut or copy the selected text so that it may be moved to another field, or copied to another field or application such as Microsoft Excel.


Some windows, such as the Navigation window, are made up of several panes. A pane is a part of the window in which you may perform certain actions. The number of panes in each window will differ. For example, the Navigation window contains three panes.

Resizing panes in a window

The height and/or width of panes may be adjusted by dragging the pane’s border. To adjust the height and/or width of a pane:

  1. Place the cursor on the pane border that you would like to adjust.The cursor should change to a double-ended arrow.
  2. While holding down the mouse button, drag the border to increase or decrease the size of the pane.
  3. Release the mouse button when the pane is the desired size.


A tree is an interface that lists items based on their relationship with other items in the list. Items that are part of another item in the tree will be listed within the higher-level item. For example, the Navigation window contains a country structure tree that lists the country structure values for the site. A lower-level country structure is listed within the country structure that contains it.

Trees provide you the option to display or hide items in the list by clicking a button next to an item’s name.


A node is an individual item within the tree. Each item in the tree is considered a node regardless of its position in the tree.


Many IMSMA windows display records in a table. The attribute on which the records in the table are ordered by default differs for each table. You may reorder the records in the table by clicking on the column header of the attribute on which you would like to order the records. An arrow displays beside the attribute name to indicate that it is the column on which the table’s records are ordered. An upward facing arrow (Up Arrow) indicates that the records are in ascending order; a downward facing arrow (Down Arrow) indicates that the records are sorted in descending order.


Numerous windows in IMSMA allow you to limit the records displayed in the window to only those records in which you are interested. These windows have fields for specifying criteria to limit the records displayed in the table. By default, windows with a filter will display all records for the specific item.