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Terms, Icons, and Labels

Many classes have shortcut names used when creating (instantiating) a class with a configuration object. The shortcut name is referred to as an alias (or xtype if the class extends Ext.Component). The alias/xtype is listed next to the class name of applicable classes for quick reference.

Access Levels

Framework classes or their members may be specified as private or protected. Else, the class / member is public. Public, protected, and private are access descriptors used to convey how and when the class or class member should be used.

Member Types

Member Syntax

Below is an example class member that we can disect to show the syntax of a class member (the lookupComponent method as viewed from the Ext.button.Button class in this case).

lookupComponent ( item ) : Ext.Component

Called when a raw config object is added to this container either during initialization of the items config, or when new items are added), or {@link #insert inserted.

This method converts the passed object into an instanced child component.

This may be overridden in subclasses when special processing needs to be applied to child creation.


item :  Object

The config object being added.


The component to be added.

Let's look at each part of the member row:

Member Flags

The API documentation uses a number of flags to further commnicate the class member's function and intent. The label may be represented by a text label, an abbreviation, or an icon.

Class Icons

- Indicates a framework class

- A singleton framework class. *See the singleton flag for more information

- A component-type framework class (any class within the Ext JS framework that extends Ext.Component)

- Indicates that the class, member, or guide is new in the currently viewed version

Member Icons

- Indicates a class member of type config

- Indicates a class member of type property

- Indicates a class member of type method

- Indicates a class member of type event

- Indicates a class member of type theme variable

- Indicates a class member of type theme mixin

- Indicates that the class, member, or guide is new in the currently viewed version

Class Member Quick-Nav Menu

Just below the class name on an API doc page is a row of buttons corresponding to the types of members owned by the current class. Each button shows a count of members by type (this count is updated as filters are applied). Clicking the button will navigate you to that member section. Hovering over the member-type button will reveal a popup menu of all members of that type for quick navigation.

Getter and Setter Methods

Getting and setter methods that correlate to a class config option will show up in the methods section as well as in the configs section of both the API doc and the member-type menus just beneath the config they work with. The getter and setter method documentation will be found in the config row for easy reference.

History Bar

Your page history is kept in localstorage and displayed (using the available real estate) just below the top title bar. By default, the only search results shown are the pages matching the product / version you're currently viewing. You can expand what is displayed by clicking on the button on the right-hand side of the history bar and choosing the "All" radio option. This will show all recent pages in the history bar for all products / versions.

Within the history config menu you will also see a listing of your recent page visits. The results are filtered by the "Current Product / Version" and "All" radio options. Clicking on the button will clear the history bar as well as the history kept in local storage.

If "All" is selected in the history config menu the checkbox option for "Show product details in the history bar" will be enabled. When checked, the product/version for each historic page will show alongside the page name in the history bar. Hovering the cursor over the page names in the history bar will also show the product/version as a tooltip.

Search and Filters

Both API docs and guides can be searched for using the search field at the top of the page.

On API doc pages there is also a filter input field that filters the member rows using the filter string. In addition to filtering by string you can filter the class members by access level, inheritance, and read only. This is done using the checkboxes at the top of the page.

The checkbox at the bottom of the API class navigation tree filters the class list to include or exclude private classes.

Clicking on an empty search field will show your last 10 searches for quick navigation.

API Doc Class Metadata

Each API doc page (with the exception of Javascript primitives pages) has a menu view of metadata relating to that class. This metadata view will have one or more of the following:

Expanding and Collapsing Examples and Class Members

Runnable examples (Fiddles) are expanded on a page by default. You can collapse and expand example code blocks individually using the arrow on the top-left of the code block. You can also toggle the collapse state of all examples using the toggle button on the top-right of the page. The toggle-all state will be remembered between page loads.

Class members are collapsed on a page by default. You can expand and collapse members using the arrow icon on the left of the member row or globally using the expand / collapse all toggle button top-right.

Desktop -vs- Mobile View

Viewing the docs on narrower screens or browsers will result in a view optimized for a smaller form factor. The primary differences between the desktop and "mobile" view are:

Viewing the Class Source

The class source can be viewed by clicking on the class name at the top of an API doc page. The source for class members can be viewed by clicking on the "view source" link on the right-hand side of the member row.

Architect 4.3


Keyboard shortcuts

Menu Bar keyboard shortcuts are displayed in the drop-down menus. Additionally, the Code Editor panel has a set of keyboard shortcuts defined to use only when editing code in that panel. These have a separate help window available from within the Code Editor. This document summarizes all of these keyboard shortcuts.

Mac OS Keyboard Conventions

The notation conventions used on Mac OS menus (and in this document) are:

Icon Description
Command or Apple logo button
^ Ctrl key
Alt or Option key
Shift key
Caps Lock

Windows and Linux Notation

For Windows and Linux systems, the menus and this document use the convention of spelling out the name of the keys to be pressed, with a plus sign ("+") separating the key names. This indicates that all keys should be pressed at the same time.

Letters are given in their uppercase form but should be typed as lowercase letters.

For example, the keyboard shortcut to save a project on Windows and Linux systems is given as: Shift+Ctrl+S.

This means to hold down the Shift and Ctrl keys while typing a lowercase "S".


Description Mac OS Shortcut Windows/Linux Shortcut
Open existing project archive file (.xds file) ++O Ctrl+Shift+O
Start new project using current framework N Ctrl+N
Save project S Ctrl+S
Save project as S Shift+Ctrl+S
Publish project F5 F5
Preview Project F6 F6
Architect Preferences and Project Settings , ---
Hide Sencha Architect H ---
Hide Others H ---
Toggle full screen F11 F11
Quit Sencha Architect Q Alt+F4


Description Mac OS Shortcut Windows/Linux Shortcut
Switch to Design View D Shift+Ctrl+D
Switch to Code View C Shift+Ctrl+C
Toggle betweeen Design View and Code View ^E Shift+Ctrl+E
Navigate Forward in Project Inspector
Navigate Backward in Project Inspector
Jump to Filter Config Panel E Ctrl+E
Jump to Filter Project Inspector K Ctrl+K
Jump to Filter Toolbox B Ctrl+B
Jump to Project Inspector Navigator O Ctrl+O
List Tabs open Canvas L Ctrl+L
Close Active Tab W Ctrl+W


Description Mac OS Shortcut Windows/Linux Shortcut
Undo Z Ctrl+Z
Redo Z Shift+Ctrl+Z
Find F Ctrl+F
Find Next G Ctrl+G
Find Previous G Ctrl+Shift+G
Replace editable text F Ctrl+H
Quick Add (New in 3.0) T Ctrl+T
Quick Add (Top) (New in 3.0) T Shift+Ctrl+T
Delete selected component Ctrl++Delete +Shift+Del
Architect Settings , ---
Project Settings P Ctrl+P

Code Editor Shortcuts

Architect adds a number of keyboard shortcuts to make it easier to edit code in the Code Editor. These shortcuts are displayed online in a pop-up window when you click the keyboard icon in the top right of the main canvas (when in "code" mode).

Description Mac OS Shortcut Windows/Linux Shortcut
Auto indent +Tab Shift+Tab
Comment/uncomment current line (toggle) +/ Ctrl+/
Delete current line +D Ctrl+D
Delete next character Delete, ^+D Delete
Delete previous character Backspace, ^+H Backspace
Delete to end of character group ^++Backspace
Delete to end of line ^+K N/A
Delete to end of next word line +D N/A
Delete to start of character group +Backspace Ctrl+Backspace
Find +F Ctrl+F
Find next +G Ctrl+G
Find previous ++G Shift+Ctrl+G
Go down Down, ^+N Down
Go left Left, ^+B Left
Go right Right, ^+F Right
Go to end of character group +Right Ctrl+Right
Go to end of code +End, +Down Ctrl+End, Ctrl+Down
Go to end of the current line +Right Alt+Right
Go to first character of line Home Home
Go to next word +F N/A
Go to previous word +B N/A
Go start of character group +Left Ctrl+Left
Go to start of code +Up Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+Up
Go to start of current line +Left, ^+A Alt+Left
Go up +Up Up
Indent less +[ Ctrl+[
Indent more +] Ctrl+]
Insert newline and auto indent Enter Enter
Page down PageDown, ^+V PageDown
Page up PageDown, +^+V PageUp
Redo ++Z, +Y Shift+Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+Y
Replace ++F Ctrl+H
Select All +A Ctrl+A
Show completion suggestions for object at cursor. ^+Space Ctrl+Space
Show type of object at cursor +I Ctrl+I
Toggle overwrite/insert Insert Insert
Transpose adjacent characters ^+T N/A
Undo +Z Ctrl+Z

Other Useful Quick References

Architect 4.3