Lino basics

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Entering Lino

Many Lino applications require you to sign in using a username and password.

When you signed into a Lino application, you see the home screen. This includes the main menu, some welcome messages, a series of quick links and your dashboard.


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].

grid window

A window that shows a number of rows and columns in a grid, like a spreadsheet. See Grid windows below.

detail window

A window that shows one database row at a time. See Detail windows below.

slave panel

A panel that displays a slave table, i.e. data that is related to the current row but stored in a separate database table. See Slave panels.

Grid windows

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.


Detail windows

While a grid window displays multiple rows of some table, a detail window displays one row at a time.

Slave panels

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 eject 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 eject 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.

Site parameters

Many Lino applications have a menu command Configure ‣ System ‣ Site parameters, usually available only to system administrators.