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Depending on your operating system, you can launch a GUI instance of BaseX by double-clicking on the '''BaseX GUI''' start icon (Windows only) or running the <code>basexgui</code> script. Additional startup options are listed in the [[Startup#Graphical User Interface|Startup]] article.
All important features of the BaseX GUI can be accessed from the menu bar. With the ''Database'' menu, you can create and manage your XML databases. The ''Editor'' menu offers you a variety of tools and options for working with files. Toggle between various ''Views'' and ''Vizualizations'' to edit and explore your data or set further ''Options'' regarding realtime execution, colors, fonts and packages. [[File:Basex-menu-bar.png]] The BaseX GUI window is divided into a number of additional bars and panels that can be displayed or hidden using the ''View'' or ''Visualization'' menu.  On the upper border, right below the menu bar, you can find the ''Buttons'' bar and just below that the ''Input Bar''.
The ''Status Bar'' is situated at the lower borderof the BaseX window.
The BaseX editor consists of the ''Project'' view, a file browser with optional input fields for searching files, and the actual ''Editor'' view panel with buttons for creating, opening, saving, searching, executing and debugging your files.
In addition to that, there are the ''Result'' view, which displays the content output of the currently open queries and database or the results of queriesoperations, and the ''Info'' view, which shows information about the database or processes and query execution.
To gain further insights into your data, you can choose from various visualizations such as ''Map'', ''Tree'', ''Folder'', ''Plot'', ''Table'' and ''Explorer''.
=Database Management=
The BaseX GUI is a great place for creating and administrating managing your XML databases.
To '''create a new database''', select ''Database'' → ''New'' from the menu and browse to an XML document of your choice. You can start with the {{Code|factbook.xml}} document, which contains statistical information on the worlds' countries. It is included in the {{Code|etc}} directory of our [ full distributions] ( ZIP Package and Windows Installer) or can be downloaded [ here] (1.3 MB). In the ''Create Database'' dialog, specify the path to your input file and the name of the new database. If you leave the input file field empty, an empty database will be created. Click the ''OK'' button to create the database.
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