Top Tips for using Arbor on your computer

Work on Arbor in more than one tab or window

As Arbor is a web-based site, you can view and work across multiple pages in different tabs in your browser or in side-by-side windows. Great for checking multiple pages at once without losing what you were working on.

Opening a page in a new tab

Press the Ctrl button (Cmd on a Mac) and click the menu item you want to open that page in a new tab. This works with your Favourites on your Homepage and any top or left-hand menu item!



Duplicating Tabs

In Chrome, right-click your current browser tab and click Duplicate Tab. On a Mac, you can also click Window > Duplicate Tab at the top of your screen.



Opening a page in a new window

Press the Shift button and click the menu item you want to open that page in a new window. This also works with your Favourites on your Homepage and any top or left-hand menu item!

This means you can quickly open a second Arbor page in a new window then resize it to your liking, allowing you for instance have the Data Quality Dashboard open to input data while running your census errors.  You can still navigate around the site by clicking on the burger menus.

Top Tip: If any tables aren't displaying fully after changing your browser window size, try refreshing your page.


Bookmarking Favourite Pages 

Saving a page that you have to visit often as a bookmark in your browser will save you a few clicks every time. In Google Chrome just click the star button to add it to your list, then access it next time from your bookmarks bar.



Using URLs

The URL is the long web address at the top of any web page, including your Arbor Site. We may sometimes ask for the URL if you are having problems with Arbor. 



To copy and paste a URL, left click and drag until the whole URL is highlighted. Let go of the button and then right-click and select copy from the menu. Go to where you want to put the URL. Right-click and select Paste from the menu. 

On the left-hand side of the URL, you can also find the refresh/Reload page button - useful if you want a change in your system to take effect quickly! Clicking F5 on a Windows computer does the same thing.


Taking screenshots

Screenshots are useful for showing us what’s going on in your site if you’ve encountered a problem with Arbor. Just press and hold down Shift, Command then 3 and click and drag the image from your desktop into emails on a Mac. For a PC, just press prt scrn on a PC, then paste where you want. 

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