Here’s a tour of the topmost toolbar in CoCalc.
Going from left to right:
Click the Projects (cocalc logo) button to create a new project and see a list of your existing projects. Any text you type into the Search for Projects field will be used to select which projects are displayed. Any project with matching text in Title or Description will appear in the filtered list. If you have any hidden or deleted projects, a checkbox will appear to allow you to show those. Learn more here about the Project List.
To the right of the Projects button, tab buttons will appear for each project you have open.
A member-hosted project that is running will continue running after it is closed until its idle time has been reached. At that point it will be stopped.
If you close your browser window or sign out, CoCalc will remember your open projects and files (this is your CoCalc session), and restore the project tabs the next time you sign in.
Use the Help button if you have any questions about CoCalc. If you have a question while you have a file open in CoCalc, clicking Help will automatically include a link to the file in your request, allowing our support team to understand the issue better. If you are getting a result that you don’t expect, it helps to include steps for us to reproduce the problem.
The Account button has the avatar for your account in a small circle just left of the word “Account”. Click here to update your profile, sign out, order subscriptions, view your upgrades, add SSH Keys, and check on support tickets. Read more about account actions here.
A count is displayed over the notification bell if there are chat updates or file edits in projects you own or collaborate on. Click the bell to view a list of pending notifications, showing which account originated them and a link to the project or file being updated at the time.
Colors for the connection status icon:
Grey: connected, no messages in flight.
Dark Blue: connected, moderate load.
Light Blue: connected, significant load.
Red: connected, serious message backlog.
Orange: disconnected / connecting.
Clicking the connection status icon brings up a window with additional connection detail, including round-trip ping time to the CoCalc servers. If the ping time doesn’t appear right away, wait a bit; it’s tested every 30 seconds when the window is open.