How to use the GigaBar

After the GigaBar has been installed, it has to be run. You'll find a shortcut in Programs, as GigaBar. If no Gidgets have been installed yet, you'll see a pair of Permanent Icons at the right end of the GigaBar: a Clock, and a GigaBar System icon.

Each of these icons can be used to activate as many as 10 functions. Five of these are directly available, by tapping and dragging on the icon, and five more are available from a Tap-Hold menu. Tap and hold on one of the icons, and the menu will show the functions assigned to it. On the GigaBar System icon, tap once to bring up the Start Menu, or tap and drag quickly up or down to show and hide the keyboard. You don't have to drag far, but you do have to drag quickly!

When you install the FolderView Gidget (gidgfold), then its icon will appear as a Permanent Icon, as well. Ditto for the Status Gidget (gidgetsa). Each will have functions assigned to them initially, including Help.

The GigaBar is managed through the GigaBar applet in Settings. Here, you can Enable and Disable Permanent Icons, and assign Functions to them. There are a number of functions built in to GigaBar, and others can be added through new Gidgets. Rapier doesn't seem to recognize additions and deletions from Settings, though, so you may have to do a soft reset before it will show up.

Select the Icon to be changed in the Icon listbox. Tap-Hold to see a list of options. The Icons can be reordered by using Move Up and Down, and an Icon can be removed by Disabling it. They don't actually disappear, though, and an Icon that's been Disabled can be Enabled by using Add Icon, and selecting it from the tree. At the moment, the tree is rather scrambled, but we'll get it worked out!

To assign a different Function to an Icon, first select which Action should be changed, in the Action combobox. Then, select the Function that you want assigned to it. This box is currently labled "Result", but will be "Function". This box drops down a tree. Tap on a folder to open or close it, and tap on a function to select it.

Note that the Start Menu appears as a folder in the tree. Any item from there can be selected, and assigned to an Icon Function, for single tap access.

The tree can be freely reorganized by the user, by using Tap-Hold. Functions can be Cut and Pasted, Renamed, and Deleted. Deleted functions actually go into Recycle. When they are deleted from there, it's permanent. There are currently some updating issues with the tree. For example, the Recycle folder will not show when the first item is deleted. Tap-Hold on a blank area of the tree, and select Refresh. Recycle will show.

Good luck!