While in the Examine command, you have a direct interrogation tool known as the
probe. The Probe frame (shown below) provides controls for this tool.
The Probe frame provides controls for the interactive probe.
The Show Interactive Probe checkbox is used to toggle the visibility of the probe on and off. The Clear Probe command
is used to remove highlighting of the previously clicked probe cell and its corresponding label on the
To use the probe, simply move the mouse cursor over any rendered cells in
the Display window and the cell currently under the mouse will be highlighted and have its function value labeled directly on
the color bar in the same highlight color.
Note: For vertex-centered functions, the probe renders the vertex and the
bounding faces of the dual mesh control volume instead of an individual cell. For more
information on how the dual mesh control volume is computed, please see
You can also click on a cell of interest with the probe to have it remain highlighted and have its function value remain labeled on the color bar while
continuing to probe other cells. Probe values are also displayed in the probe area of the Status
Bar. Also note that the Zoom to Selection view zooming function is available for clicked
Right-clicking on a cell with the probe brings up a context menu with additional options based on whether the
function is cell-centered or vertex-centered. Use the Create Cell Filter and Create
Vertex Filter options to create and apply a filter based on the current probed
Right-clicking on a cell selected with the probe brings up a context menu with different
options for cell-centered and vertex-centered functions.
The Show Cell Data option can be used to print out a detailed report to the
Messages window containing meta-data associated with the probed cell.
Use the Show Cell Data option to print out to the Messages window the meta-data associated
with the surface or volume cell being interrogated.