Using DropDown Lists

   Regardless of which method you used to create the DropDown List (methods discussed in earlier sections), Pathagoras will transfer the names of the documents in the target location into a DropDown List. It is now on your screen (look in the menu area). Once it is on screen, it is ready to use.

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The DropDown lists displays in the Menu area.




Since you can have up to 10 Lists presented simultaneously, it can be quite easy to assemble complex documents from a wide variety of sources. Drop down a list, select an item. Drop down the same list or another list, select an item, and so on. You can mix images and charts with regular text.

A DropDown List ("DDL") is a document assembly tool. It presumes that you are building or adding to a new document. Only a copy (and never the original) of the selected item is inserted into the active document.  But all formatting from the original is maintained.

Pathagoras doesn’t care whether a DropDown List contains links to complete documents, to individual clauses, to pictures, spreadsheets, PDF files, or whatever. If Word has the capacity to insert a particular type of file, it can be fed into a DropDown list.

A third toggle exists in the <<Insert/NewDoc>> rotation. The command is "Insert Name". When selected, the name of the document, enclosed within << and >> markers, will be inserted. In addition to making it easy to copy the name of a document into your current document (instead of having to copy it from other source) it allows you to create Clause Sets of multiple documents. Clause Sets are discussed at this link. The third toggle is 'off' by default. It can be switched on in Pathagoras Features | All Settings | DropDown Lists.