Command menu bar. The top pane has buttons that give
commands to xmh. These buttons have drop-down menus.
For example, when you point to
the Sequence button and hold down the first mouse
button, a menu will drop down. As you slide the pointer down,
different commands on this
Sequence menu are highlighted. Commands that aren't
available use gray letters; you can't highlight them.
In the Figure below, I've highlighted
the Pick command for finding messages and sequences.
Because the folder doesn't have any sequences, most commands are
grayed. Try it yourself with your folder.
If you release the mouse button while that command is
highlighted, the command will be executed. But, if you slide the
pointer off that menu item (say, to the right) before you
release the button, the command won't be executed.
Folder buttonbox. These buttons let you select a folder of
messages. (The Section Using
Another Folder explains how to select another folder.)
There's one button for each folder. X users call this set of
buttons a buttonbox. You'll start with at least two
buttons -- for your inbox and
drafts folders -- and there might be more if you've used
MH (or xmh) before. If a folder has subfolders, a folder
menu will drop down when you click the button -- but
most xmh beginners don't need to bother with subfolders.
The label above the buttons tells the name of your selected
When I use the term "click a button" in the chapters
about xmh, here's what I mean: Point to it with the
mouse, then quickly press and release the first mouse
button. It's also possible to "click on" a button in the window
with another mouse button, but the results may be different. If
you should "click" with a button other than the first, I'll say
Table of Contents. The titlebar over the third area shows
the folder name followed by a colon (:) and
the sequence name. In the Figure xmh
first master window, the folder is named inbox and
the sequence is all. Under the titlebar is a summary
list of the messages in your
inbox folder (empty if you're a new user). If the list of
messages in your Table of Contents is longer than the window, a
scrollbar will let you control your view of the list.
(Section Scrollbars has more.) There's
no scrollbar now because there are just a few messages.
Viewed message. The top pane of this area is a titlebar
that shows the folder name (here, inbox) and message
number (here, 1). The message is shown under the
There's a scrollbar at the left-hand edge.
Grips. The squares close to the right-hand side of the
window are for adjusting the size of each area.
Your window may have round or rectangular buttons. The Section
ShapeStyle explains how to control
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