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Guided Tour: How to Work with DataLab
As with any moderately complex program there are many ways of interaction with DataLab. This section will give you a short survey on how to work with DataLab; in addtition, you should read the section on the concepts behind DataLab. Basically there are five areas where most of the user interactions take place:
The command menu is the central entry point for any command DataLab can execute. In addition to the standard access via the main menu, there are several shortcuts which provide quick and easy access to the most often needed commands. These shortcuts are activated by using the shortcut toolbar.
The matrix viewer consists of four windows which are located on top of each other. The user can select any of these windows by clicking the appropriate heading of the matrix viewer.
The numeric data editor not only allows to enter or change data manually but provides ways to mark data, to copy them, or to processe them in other ways.
The data windows themselves have several built in shortcuts and buttons which provide functionality to change the layout of the data plot as well as to select new items for displaying. Further, there are specialized commands available in many of the analysis windows which are displayed when a particular command is executed.