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The Properties dialog box allows you to change various properties of a Sketchpad object.

To use the Properties dialog box, do one of the following:

Select an object and choose Edit | Properties. The keyboard shortcut for Properties is Alt+? (Windows) or ? (Mac).

Select an object and choose Properties from the Context menu.

Show the object's information balloon and click the object's name in the balloon.

The Properties dialog box is arranged into separate panels of related properties. Switch from panel to panel by clicking on the tabs near the top of the dialog box. Which panels are available depends on the type of object selected.

While you’re modifying one object’s properties, you can switch to a different object by clicking that object in the sketch. (If the object to which you want to switch is obscured by the Properties dialog box, you’ll first have to move the Properties dialog box aside to reveal the object.)

When you finish modifying an object’s properties, click OK to make the changes permanent or click Cancel to leave the object with its original properties. When you click in the sketch to switch to a different object, your changes for the original object are made permanent before Sketchpad switches to the new object, just as if you’d clicked OK for that original object.

Keep in mind that for any specific object, only a few panels appear — not all of them!

Here are the possible Properties panels and the types of object for which each panel appears.

Panel

Objects

Object

All objects

Label

All objects that can show labels

Opacity

All translucent objects

Value

All values

Plot (Locus or Sampled Transformed Path)

Loci and sampled transformed paths

Plot (Function Plot)

Function plots

Plot (Sampled Transformed Picture)

Sampled transformed pictures

Parameter

Parameters

Table

Tables

Iteration

Iterations and iterated images

Axis

Axes

Function

Data-defined functions

Marker

Angle markers and tick marks

Hide/Show

Hide/Show buttons

Animate

Animation buttons

Move

Movement buttons

Presentation

Presentation buttons

Link

Link buttons

Scroll

Scroll buttons