How do I Add a Message Window to a Page in Compass?

July 27, 2016

You can add a message window to any page.

kA1G00000008txKKAQ_en_US_1_0 You will first have to resize buttons on the page to provide room for the message window.

1.  Select the Settings button on the Toolbar.  kA1G00000008txKKAQ_en_US_1_1
kA1G00000008txKKAQ_en_US_1_2  If the Toolbar is disabled, select the Modify button at the top right corner of the screen.
kA1G00000008txKKAQ_en_US_1_3When you select the Modify button, a dialog will open with two options. Select the Settings button.
2.  Choose Page Browser.  Then choose the page you wish to edit and choose Editor.

3.  Select anywhere on the background of the page. It will outline in red.
4.  Select the Properties button at the top left corner of the page.


The Page Properties panel will open.


5.  Select the Layout tab.

6.  Select Freeform.

7.  Resize the top row of buttons (or all of them on the page) to make room for your message window.

kA1G00000008txKKAQ_en_US_1_6 To resize a button, in Edit mode (Settings > Edit), select the button, then select one of the handles (as shown in the illustration below), and drag it until the button is the appropriate size.


8. Once you have the buttons all resized:
  • If you are using version 1 of the software, select the Morebutton in the editing toolbar, and choose Message Window.


kA1G00000008txKKAQ_en_US_1_9The editing toolbar on your screen may vary in appearance and location from the illustration above.
  • If you are using version 1.2 or above, select Label from the Editing Toolbar. Then select Message Window.

9.  Draw your message window by selecting the area on the page where you want the top left corner of the message window and dragging out the message window handle from the top left to the bottom right until it is the size and shape you want.