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Sudoku Help - Menu and Toolbar

Here's a page from the extensive help system for Sudoku Dragon. It is available as a help screen when running the program. To get the full picture Download our Sudoku Dragon and see the screen in its proper context.

We've added a great many features that you won't find in other Sudoku puzzle solvers.

The menu has the following commands (keyboard shortcuts are shown where available).

File menu

Generate New...Generate a brand new Sudoku puzzle CTRL+SHIFT+N
New Blank puzzle...Create a new blank puzzle
Download New...Download a new puzzle from our web site
Open...Continue solving an existing puzzle you have saved CTRL+SHIFT+O
SaveSave a puzzle for continuing later CTRL+SHIFT+S
Save As...Save under another file name
SettingsImport/Export or Reset all application setttings
Print...Print the current puzzle CTRL+SHIFT+P
Print PreviewPreview what the print-out will look like
Print Options...Options controlling the print-out
Print Setup...Change the printer setup
ExitExit the application (prompt to save changes) ALT+F4
PuzzlesThe last eight puzzle files you have worked on.

Edit menu

UndoRevoke the previous grid square change CTRL+Z
RedoReinstate a change that has been undone CTRL+SHIFT+A
Clear All PossibilitiesClear all the possibilities marked for the current square F7
Auto allocateAutomatically allocate an 'obvious' allocation of a square F12
Set Auto possibilitiesSet the possibilities to match the automatic possibilities for a square F8
Set Auto possibilities gridSet the possibilities to match the automatic possibilities for all squares in the grid
ColorA menu of actions to change the color marking of the current square
Reset...Clear the grid back to original state with no user squares allocated
Pause TimerPause the timer measuring the time taken to solve the puzzle
Continue TimerContinue the elapsed puzzle timer clock

View menu

ToolbarShow or hide the toolbar of commonly used commands
Possibilities barShow or hide the possibility bar to allow individual possibilities for squares to be shown
Status barShow or hide the puzzle status bar
No Side PanelSwitch off the side panel CTRL+F3
AllocationsShow the allocation list in the side panel F3
PossibilitiesShow the square possibilities in the side panel F11
NotesShow the square notes and possibilities in the side panel F5
Show All PossibilitiesShow or hide display of all possible allocations in the grid F4
No possibility highlightingDo not highlight automatic possibilities that are 'forced' or 'excluded'.
Forced allocation highlightingHighlight automatic possibilities that are 'forced' (only choice / only place / single possibility)
Exclusion highlightingHighlight automatic possibilities that are 'excluded' (not actually possible) with the shared sub group and group rules
Advanced Exclusion highlightingHighlight automatic possibilities that are 'excluded' (not actually possible) with the alternate pair/X-Wing rules
Show automatic possibilitiesSwitch on the display of automatic possibilities in the grid. F6
Current square onlyOption to show possibilities for the currently selected square only
Current Groups onlyOption to show possibilities for selected square in the grid and all the groups it is in
All squares in gridOption to show possibilities on each square in the grid
Zoom smallerMake the display window and grid smaller
Zoom largerMake the display window and grid larger
Options...Change any of the program options, including the display theme for the grid, possibility display and side panel

Game menu

Hint...Give a hint to help solve the game F9
Status...Show overall status of the game F10
Save As Image...Save the current grid as an image file
League table...Show your current skill level by comparing puzzle solving time

Help menu

Index...Display help index page
Web Help...Go to the web site for help
Guides...Choose a Sudoku game tutorial
About Sudoku...Give program version information
License...Give license information
Purchase...Purchase a license for the product
Update Check...Check for an update from the web
Tip of the Day...Show a tip for using the program

Toolbar

The toolbar has shortcut buttons for some of the most frequently used commands.

Generate New...Generate a brand new puzzle CTRL+SHIFT+N
New Blank puzzle...Create a new blank puzzle
Open...Continue with an existing puzzle CTRL+SHIFT+O
SaveSave a puzzle for continuing later CTRL+SHIFT+S
Print...Print the current puzzle CTRL+SHIFT+P
UndoRevoke the previous grid square allocation CTRL+Z
RedoReinstate an allocation that has been undone CTRL+SHIFT+A
Auto allocateAutomatically allocate an 'obvious' forced allocation F12
Hint...Give a hint to help solve the game F9
Possibilities...Show possibilities for currently selected grid square F11
Status...Show overall status of the game F10
License...Give license information
Options...Change the view options for the grid and side panel
Index...Display help index page

Possibilities Bar

If you want to look at the possibilities for individual squares you can do this simply and easily with a single mouse click on the Possibilities toolbar. The first Star icon 'star' button controls all the possibilities (shortcut key F4) and then there is one for each possible Sudoku grid symbol.

Each button acts as a toggle, pressing it will turn it off if it is on, and on if it is off. You can use the keys ALT+number as a shortcut to each of the options on the bar. The first 'All' button lets you quickly switch off the feature altogether. You can select more than one possibility at a time - so you can highlight all squares where, for example, either a 2 or 5 can go. You can also control possibilities display from the Possibilities tab of the Options screen.

Status Bar

The status bar gives information about the state of the game.

CommandInformation about the current square, selected menu or toolbar command
Elapsed timeTime spent solving the current puzzle
StateOverall state of the puzzle
RemainingCount of squares remaining to be solved
Scroll lockWhether the keyboard scroll lock is enabled
Number lockWhether the keyboard number lock is enabled

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