Explore Android Studio



After installing Android Studio, let us explore the IDE, we are going to use for developing native Android Application.

Like any other software, Android Studio has a status bar on top of the graphical panel.

explore Android Studio

Below that there is Menu bar if you are using it on Windows and if you are using it on MAC then the menu bar is not visually linked with Android Studio. You need to push the pointer on top of the screen.

Then there is a shortcut menu bar, which has general shortcut buttons like open, save, cut, copy, paste, undo, redo, etc. Apart from these general buttons, it has a button to run the application.
Then there is a button to open the Virtual device manager, from which you may create a new Virtual device or start an existing emulator.

There is also a button to open SDK manager.
In the left of the screen, it has navigation panel. In the navigation panel, there are several views which show the application project directories in different ways.

In the right of the navigation panel, it has a bigger panel in which all the opened file reside. If the file is for UI part of the application, then you may switch between the graphical part or text part of the layout.

If you are viewing the graphical part of the layout, then it again has two panes, one is for the component tree which shows all the controls hierarchically used in the layout, and on the right side, it shows the graphical preview of the controls placed on the layout.
In this graphical preview section, you may choose which device you are focusing you at present, and the Android version (SDK) of the device.

You may even preview in landscape or portrait mode of the device.
There is breadcrumb of file location in the project, sandwiched between the Work area (navigation pane + file viewing pane) and Shortcut menu bar.

android studio logger

While running application, you will also require a console panel; this is hidden in the bottom of the Android Studio. You need to pull up that by clicking on the Android Monitor button. In this Logcat tab shows you all the logs of the currently running app, initiated by the Android Studio in the Android device irrespective of the device (virtual or physical developer enabled device).

If you still have any confusion from the images shown above, spend some time in watching the video for the same on the codingfreaks YouTube Channel. You will get a more detailed and interactive overview of the Android Studio. While developing the application, you will get more familiar with the IDE with time.