3.9 Desktop Layouts

Desktop layouts allow you to open one or more windows in a prearranged position on your screen. Desktop layouts are especially useful for running multiple sessions. For example, you may consistently work with three display sessions and one printer session. In addition, you may have a QuickPad assigned for each display session. If this arrangement of windows and utilities is saved as a layout, you can re-open all of them with a single command. Using a desktop layout involves defining how you want windows to appear on your screen, saving this arrangement as a layout, and then starting Extra! by opening the layout.

A layout defines how one or more session windows appear on your screen. When re-opened, the saved layout positions the windows the way you defined them. Type a new desktop layout filename, or scroll through the list and select an existing layout file. (We suggest that you use the .ELF extension.)

Open Layout Dialog Box

This dialog box opens a previously saved layout. If you already have a session or layout running, that session will be disconnected and closed before opening the new session (or sessions).

Table 3-106 Desktop Layouts Settings



Open Layout

Opens a desktop layout   a set of windows whose appearance and positions on the screen you define. When loaded, the layout opens and positions the windows as previously saved.


Type a new desktop layout filename. If there are any existing layouts in the specified path, the names will appear in the list box. You can use * (asterisk) as a wildcard. For example, you can type *.* to list all files. You can also type in the full path for a file.

File List

Lists the files in the selected folder. When you select a file, the layout appears in the Layout Preview area. You can double-click the file to open the layout.

List Files of Type

Shows the types of files that you can display in the list box. By default, layouts will have an .ELF extension.


Lists the local and, if applicable, network drives that you can select.


Lists the folders on the selected drive. To open a folder, double-click it.


Lists the network drives.

Layout Preview

To help you choose the correct layout, shows a preview of how the selected layout will appear.

To open a layout

  1. Start Extra!.

  2. In the Start by group, choose Opening an existing layout.

  3. In the Open Layout dialog box, choose the name of the layout you want.

  4. Choose Open.


    From an open session, from the File menu choose Open Layout.

  5. Select a desktop layout filename.

  6. Choose Open.