The left end of the row of buttons in DrRacket contains a miniature button with the current file’s name. Clicking the button opens a menu that shows the file’s full pathname. Selecting one of the menu entries produces an open-file dialog starting in the corresponding directory.
Below the filename button is a (define ...) button for a pop-up menu of names that are defined in the definitions window. Selecting an item from the menu moves the blinking caret to the corresponding definition.
The Save button appears whenever the definitions window is modified. Clicking the button saves the contents of the definitions window to a file. The current name of the file appears to the left of the Save button, but a file-selection dialog appears if the file has never been saved before.
The Step button—
The debugging interface is described further in Graphical Debugging Interface, later in this manual.
The Debug button—
Syntactic Highlighting: Imported variables and locally defined variables are highlighted with color changes. Documented identifiers are hyperlinked (via a right-click) to the documentation page.
Lexical Structure: The lexical structure is shown with arrows overlaid on the program text. When the mouse cursor passes over a variable, DrRacket draws an arrow from the binding location to the variable, or from the binding location to every bound occurrence of the variable.
In addition to indicating definite references with blue arrows, DrRacket also draws arrows to indicate potential references within macro definitions. Potential arrows are drawn in purple and annotated with a question mark to indicate uncertainty, because DrRacket cannot predict how such identifiers will eventually be used. Their roles may depend on the arguments to the macro and the context the macro is used in.
Additionally, right-clicking (or Control-clicking on Mac OS X) on a variable activates a pop-up menu that lets you jump from binding location to bound location and vice versa, α-rename the variable, or tack the arrows so they do not disappear.
Tail Calls: Any sub-expression that is (syntactically) in tail-position with respect to its enclosing context is annotated by drawing a light purple arrow from the tail expression to its surrounding expression.
Passing the mouse cursor over a require expression inside a module shows all of the variables that are used from that require expression. Additionally, if no variables are used from that require expression, it is colored like an unbound variable.
Finally, passing the mouse cursor over a variable that is imported from a module shows the module that it is imported from in a status line at the bottom of the frame.
Check Syntax also runs automatically as you edit your program, and the bottom, rightmost corner of the DrRacket window shows its status. A red dot means that something has gone wrong; move your mouse over the dot to find out what is wrong. Mis-matched parentheses indicates that the buffer’s parens are also mismatched; mouse over the parens for details.
When nothing goes wrong, the colors indicate the stages processing of the program: blue (expanding), purple (computing check syntax information), orchid (updating the editor with the check syntax information), and green (finished).
Also, right-clicking in that area yields a menu that lets you disable (or re-eneable) automatic Check Syntax.
The Break button interrupts an evaluation, or beeps if DrRacket is not evaluating anything. For example, after clicking Run or entering an expression into the interactions window, click Break to cancel the evaluation. Click the Break button once to try to interrupt the evaluation gracefully; click the button twice to kill the evaluation immediately.