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101 things you (maybe) didn’t know about MacVector: #33 – Tear-off Result Window Tabs

MacVector 13 has a great new feature where all analysis results for an individual sequence are collected into a single tabbed result window to reduce window clutter. However, there are times when it is very convenient to have results displayed in side-by-side windows. For example, if you run a Matrix Comparison (commonly known as a “dot-plot”), you can zoom in to view sections of the comparison by drag-selecting over a region of interest in the Matrix Plot tab and the Aligned Sequence tab will update to only display the text alignments across the new selection. Constantly toggling between the tabs to drill down to the region you are interested in (e.g. a potential splice site on a genome versus cDNA alignment) can be very frustrating. The answer is to create a separate window containing one of the tabs.

All you need to do with MacVector 13 to accomplish this is to click on the title of a tab, hold down the mouse button, then drag the selected tab away from the parent window. When you let go of the mouse button, a new window will be created containing just that single tab.

Not only that, you can organize the tabs into multiple windows if you like. If you drag a tab from one window and drop it onto the tab bar of another window (this only works on the tab bar, you can’t drop on the content region of a window), then the tab will be added to the target window.

Give it a try and get your result windows under control!

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