- 1 Accessing the Ribbon Bar
- 2 Content
- 2.1 Scratch Home Page Link
- 2.2 Language Menu
- 2.3 File Menu
- 2.4 Edit Menu
- 2.5 Tips
- 2.6 Duplicate
- 2.7 Delete (Scissors)
- 2.8 Grow
- 2.9 Shrink
- 2.10 Block Help
- 2.11 Options for a Logged-In User
- 2.12 Options for a Logged-Out User
Accessing the Ribbon Bar
To access the ribbon bar, the Scratch program must first be opened. Once complete, the ribbon bar automatically appears at the top of the interface. Its features can be accessed by using the mouse pointer to click on the desired function. The ribbon is divided into three subsections containing similar options.
Scratch Home Page LinkScratch font. Hovering the mouse over it will adjust the colors to indicate it can be clicked. Clicking the text/button will direct the web browser to the Scratch home page. It does not open the home page in a new tab but will replace the project editor. It cannot be right-clicked either to open the home page in a different tab.
- Main article: File Menu
The file menu contains options for the following: creating a new blank Scratch project, saving the current project either to the Scratch servers of one's local computer, reverting a project to its initial state upon being opened, going to My Stuff, recording video, and more. If the menu is shift-clicked some extra options appear.
- Main article: Edit Menu
The edit menu contains options for the following: Undeleting the last-deleted object, switching to a small-stage layout, and enabling turbo mode. If the menu is shift-clicked, extra, advanced options appear such as exporting files containing string data, "Edit Block Colors", viewing the JSON file, and more.
The "Tips" text is a button that opens the tips window on the right-hand side of the Scratch interface. This window can provide useful insight for anybody struggling to develop a project. It is especially useful for new Scratchers who have little experience.
The "delete" widget, resembled by the image of a pair of scissors, is an alternative method of deleting sprites. Clicking on the tool will replace the mouse-pointer with an image of scissors. Then, clicking on a sprite will delete that sprite. If a sprite is deleted by mistake, the action can be undone from the Edit menu. If there is no desire to delete a sprite, clicking in any plain area of the Scratch editor will terminate the process.
The "grow" button is an option for quickly increasing the size of a sprite; it is an alternative to using looks blocks. Clicking on the tool will replace the mouse-pointer with its image. Then, clicking on a sprite will increase the size of the sprite. To cancel the process, simply click in any plain area of the editor.
The "shrink" button works in the same manner as the "grow" button, except it decreases the size of the sprite. Clicking on the tool will replace the mouse-pointer with its image. Then, clicking on a sprite will decrease the size of the sprite. To cancel the process, simply click in any plain area of the editor.
Block Helpblocks. When the tool is selected, it will replace the mouse-pointer with an image of itself. Then, clicking on a block will pull up the tips window with information on how that block functions. It can also be clicked in various areas of the editor, in which case the tips window will display information on the various parts of the interface.
Options for a Logged-In User
- Main article: My Stuff
The "envelope with an 'S'" button directs the web browser to My Stuff when clicked with the mouse-pointer. When hovered over with the mouse, its color changes to blue to indicate it can be clicked. "My Stuff" is a feature of the website that contains all the Scratch projects, both shared and unshared, of the logged-in user. The page will not open in a new tab but will replace the project editor.
Username and Associated Options
When logged in, one's username will be the right-most option of the ribbon bar. Clicking this will display a drop-down menu with the following options: "Profile", "My Stuff", "Account Settings", and "Log Out". There is a darker grey line between the last two options to isolate "Log Out". If signed out, the web browser will be directed to the Scratch home page.
Options for a Logged-Out User
Scratch projects cannot be saved in the online editor to the Scratch servers unless one has a Scratch account. One has the ability to create a Scratch account without closing their current work by clicking "Join Scratch" on the ribbon bar. When selected, the editor will be darkened out and a small menu will appear in the center of the screen with steps to creating a Scratch account. Once made, the project can then be saved to the Scratch servers so the work is not lost.
|Note:||Alternatively, the project can be downloaded to one's personal computer from the File Menu to save a project.|
If one is logged out and is working on a project in the editor, he or she can sign in directly from the editor without ever closing the project. This can be accomplished with the "Sign in" button, which is right-most on the ribbon bar. When selected, the editor will become dark and a small menu will appear in the center of the screen where credentials can be entered. Once logged in, the project can be saved to the Scratch servers.