Overview of the Instrument Control Window


To open the Instrument Control Window for each of the Q Series™ Instruments, go to the TA Instruments Explorer and double click on the instrument icon to connect to the selected instrument and automatically open the Instrument Control Window.

Many functions are available from within this main window. For detailed information, click on the underlined links in this topics. The information that is displayed may be slightly different depending on the instrument.

NOTE:  If you have a Q1000, Q100, or Q10, the appearance of the tool bar and window will be slightly different. In addition, the buttons shown in the lower left pane will not be available for those instruments. The functionality is the same.

Discussion of the Instrument Control Window

The Instrument Control Window (shown in the figure below) is divided into several main geographical regions, the menu, tool bar/status line, left pane, the middle pane and right pane.

DSC Instrument Control Window

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Introducing the DSC Toolbar

Check View/Tool Bar to display the DSC tool bar (DSC Autosampler shown here) or uncheck it to clear the DSC tool bar from view.

DSC Tool Bar

Use the Tool Bar to start, stop, suspend, reject, or resume a running experiment. You can also use the tool bar to display selected windows. For an explanation of each button, see the table below.


Tool Bar Button



Use Start to begin an experiment. Start executes the first step in the current run.


Use Stop to halt an experiment and save the data. Post Test functions will activate after this action.


Use Reject to halt an experiment and discard the data.


Use Hold to suspend an experiment, maintaining the current temperature conditions, until you resume or stop the method.


Use Resume to continue the method that was put on hold, continuing with the suspended segment.

RealTime Plot Full Screen View

Use this button to display the RealTime Plot window in full screen view.

RealTime Plot Pane View

Use this button to display the RealTime Plot window in the middle pane along with the Sequence Pane, Signal Display Pane, and Running Segment Pane.

 Experiment View

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Use this button to display the Experiment Pane along with the Sequence Pane, Signal Display Pane, Running Segment Pane, and a small (thumbnail) view of RealTime Plot.

Reset Autosampler Button Reset Autosampler

Use this button to reset the Autosampler. See also:  Understanding the Autosampler Functions

LNCS Fill Button LNCS Fill

Use this button to start the LNCS Autofill.

Instrument Setup Button Instrument Setup Wizard

Use this button to access the Instrument Setup Wizard, which is used to synchronize the instruments and PCís date and time, update module software, reset the instrument's parameters, and configure the instrument's network settings. See also: Using the Instrument Setup Wizard

DSC Calibration Analysis  DSC Calibration Analysis

Use this button to open the Calibrate Analysis window

Instrument Preference Button Instrument Preferences


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Use this button to access the Instrument Preferences pages. These allow you to set up the Mass Flow Controller, instrument touch screen, signal display pane, and set specific DSC and Autosampler parameters. See also:  Selecting the Instrument Preferences

User Preferences

Use this button to open the User Preferences window.

File Utility Button File Utility

Use this button to open the File Utility window.

Instrument Log

Use this button to open the Instrument Log window.

DSC Experiment Wizard

Use this button to begin the DSC Experiment Wizard.

DSC Calibration Wizard Button DSC Calibration Wizard

Use this button to perform the various calibration procedures for the DSC. See also:  Calibrating the DSC

Universal Analysis

Use this button to start the Universal Analysis program.

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Understanding the Instrument Run Status Bar

The Instrument Run Status Bar contains 3 views:  Last Error, Data File Acceptor (DFA) Status and Current Run Status.

Instrument Status Bar

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Modifying/Selecting Instrument Run Status Bar Parameters

To modify the information being displayed in the Instrument Run Status Bar, place the cursor inside the window and double click the right mouse button or select Tools\User Preferences\Status from the main menu to open the Edit User Preferences window. Click on the Status page, then select the items to be displayed on the instrument run status bar.

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Viewing the Status Bar

At the very bottom of the window is the Status bar, which displays the current instrument status, current selected mode, method segment and run number for the current sequence, and the instrument time.

To display or hide the status bar, check or uncheck the Status Bar command in the View menu.

The status bar shows actions of menu items as you use the arrow keys to navigate through menus. This area similarly shows messages that describe the actions of tool bar buttons as you move the cursor over them.

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Introducing the Main (Experiment View) Pane

The Experiment View Pane, located in the middle of the Instrument Control window is used to define the selected test, the sample information, and the method conditions for each run. The corresponding run number is displayed in the lower left corner of this window.

DSC Experimentl View Pane

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