The user interface of easymap strictly follows the current Windows standard. So, if you are familiar with Windows programs, you will quickly find your way around easymap. Moreover, easymap can be easily operated on the touch screen with the help of the gesture control.

In addition to an intuitive navigation in the map, you can also simply search for elements such as cities a.

Special mouse and keyboard-operations

However, some typical techniques for operating Windows programs are particularly important in easymap. That is why this online help refers to them again and again. These techniques will therefore be briefly reminded here.

Right mouseclick

Open the context menu

Different from the main menu, the context menus are not always visible. It can be opened with a right mouse click on an object and contain commands to edit the object on which the click was made.

Double left mouseclick

Check and change properties

To check and change the properties of an object, double-click the object with the left mouse button.


Shifting objects

Drag&Drop is the technique used in almost all Windows programs to shift something. You click on an object with the left mouse button, keep the mouse button pressed, then move the mouse and thereby move the object. When you reach the desired position, drop the mouse button. Note: To drag and drop windows or dialog boxes, click on the title bar.

Ctrl key + mouse click

Select several objects

If you want to select several objects, hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard while clicking on the objects one by one with the left mouse button.

F1 button

Get help

Press the F1 key on the keyboard to call up the help. The help is context sensitive; i.e. easymap opens the chapter from the help text that corresponds to the current processing situation. Of course you can open the table of contents of the help at any time and call up other help topics.

F5 button

Redraw map view

No matter how perfect graphic programs may be: it is seldom possible to completely exclude that the screen view is not 100% updated after a change of the graphic. Also easymap occasionally leaves "dirt" in the screen view of the map. If you notice this, press the F5 key on the keyboard. Then the map view is completely redrawn and any "residue" disappears.

Ctrl-key + F2,F3,...

Special features

Standard layouts of the easymap program window can be easily achieved by using key combinations of Ctrl key and a function key (e.g. Ctrl+F2). All possible shortcuts for creating the different standard layouts can be found in the menu Window.

Touchscreen operation (gesture control)

easymap can also be operated to a large extent with finger input or a stylus. This requires a screen that can process the gestures ("touch screen").

Most of the finger inputs are converted similar to inputs with the mouse. They behave in easymap just like in other Windows applications.

Gestures with one finger

Short typing: Result like mouse click with the left mouse button. For example, an object is clicked or a menu is opened.

Longer pressing on a place: Result like mouse click with the right mouse button. Normally a context menu is opened at this point.

Press and move: Result like moving the mouse with pressed left mouse button. For example, a Drag&Drop process is started.

Gestures with several fingers

In addition to these simple gestures, easymap also supports certain gestures with several fingers ("multi-touch"), although this must of course be supported by the input device.

Zoom with 2 fingers ("pinch-to-zoom"): Press 2 fingers into the map window. If you move your pressed fingers towards each other and then release them, the map section shown will be enlarged (zoom out). If, on the other hand, you move your pressed fingers away from each other, the map section shown will be reduced in size (Zoom In).

Special features

The gesture press and move is also evaluated slightly differently from the mouse depending on the situation. In most cases, pressing and moving in the map window has the effect of moving the map section. Only when a selected object is touched with the finger and you are in selection mode does this gesture cause the object to move.