Multiple Document Interface


DameWare NT Utilities is written with Multiple Document Interface (MDI) and is divided into two separate window panes. The left pane contains the Network Browser explorer tree view and Information View. The right pane functions as a normal MDI container for hosting multiple window views or the NT utilities and custom NT Tools. This interface provides a single application interface for remote management of Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/Windows7 Domains, Servers, and Workstations.


The DameWare NT Utilities window views each contain a mini-toolbar in which custom properties are accessible. Each of these window views have a similar look and feel including the unique feature of providing a customizable interface with individual column resizing (by double-clicking the column separators) and relocation of columns (by click and drag) to the user’s specifications. Each column of the window views can be sorted, either ascending or descending, by simply clicking on the column heading. The keyboard F6/Shift F6 keys can be used for switching between panes within the MDI.


DameWare NT Utilities provides for additional customization of the window views through the property sheet interface. This additional customization includes performance-tuning parameters for many of the window views by user specification of the different thread priorities. During execution of each particular window view, the busy signal icon will show visible feedback to the user that the thread is running for that window view and is busy. The majority of the DameWare NT Utilities window views provide functionality allowing the user to stop execution or refresh the contents of the selected window by simply clicking on their respective buttons from the main toolbar.


Version 5.x and above of DNTU now uses a new "Tabbed" MDI, which means each time you open a view, you get another Tab in the MDI pane (see below). There will also be arrows for scrolling through the tabbed views (similar to an Excel spreadsheet with multiple worksheets -Sheet1 / Sheet2 / Sheet3 ), but they will only be enabled when you open more tabs than can be listed in a single line simultaneously. However, the use of the classic MDI frame or the Tabbed MDI frame is also configurable via DNTU’s Properties dialog, on the General Tab, under MDI View Options. Simply enable / disable (it is enabled by default) the "Use Tabbed MDI Frame" setting.




You can use CTRL - F4 to close any Tabbed MDI window (similar to ALT-F4), or use CTRL - F6 to switch between MDI windows (similar to ALT-TAB). These are standard Windows Keys for any MDI window.