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Many Lino applications require you to sign in using a username and password.
The dashboard is a sequence of widgets, usually tables, which display some data from your database. Many Lino applications allow you to configure that dashboard in your user settings.
You can edit your user settings by selecting My settings from the User menu in the upper right corner. Some application also provide a quick link [My settings].
Most commands of the main menu open a grid window. A grid window displays some data from your database as a tabular grid where you can navigate and edit that data.
Hit Escape or click the X in the upper right corner of the window to close that window and return to the home screen.
Hit Enter or double click on a row of a grid window opens a detail window on that row (if that table has a detail view defined).
On some cells of a grid you can hit F2 in order to edit that cell.
Note the grid's toolbar where you have the quick search field and a series of buttons for navigating or running actions.
While a grid window displays multiple rows of some table, a detail window displays one row at a time.
In a detail window you can have slave panels. A slave panel displays data that is related to the current row but stored in a separate database table.
A slave panel has a special button in its upper right corner used to show that slave table in a separate window on its own. This is good to know for several reasons:
If the table's display mode is
'summary', the button is the only way to see that data as a grid.
The slave panel is meant as a preview, it shows only 15 rows, even if there are more.
The slave panel has no pagination toolbar while the separate window does.
Many Lino applications have a menu command, usually available only to system administrators.