The magnifying glass is your Contacts Search (turned on via Display Preferences). When doing a search, only the top 10 results will be returned. You are able to search on: Name (Fullname, First Name, Last Name), Email, Company, and Phone number.
The plus symbol is a Global Add which adds a new record of your choice (e.g. New Invoice).
The question mark pops open a right panel to access help search as well as chat.
The upper-right gear icon opens the Right menu to access your preferences, subscriptions, and sign out.
The main area shows App tiles you are subscribed to
The left menu contains icons corresponding to favourited apps. Clicking on an icon will take you to the app. An app will appear here if:
you are subscribed to the pack
you have permission to the app
the app is starred
The top icon is a "home" button that returns you to your dashboard, no matter where you are in Method. Returning to the dashboard does not delete work you're doing on a screen.
The gear icon opens the right menu:
The preferences screen allows you to make changes to your account settings. The first four links is available to all users and you can find more information here: Managing your profile.
Profile - Settings related to sign in
Display - Settings related to display, data formats, and the Contacts Search
Email - Email address, signature, and server settings
Notifications - Email or SMS notification settings
If you have administrative permissions, you will see four additional options:
If you have multiple Method accounts, use this function to switch accounts without signing out and signing back in.
Signs you out of this Method account.
Each app you have installed is represented by a tile: Each tile looks different, depending on the app it represents, but on every tile you can:
Access the app's most commonly-used screens (e.g. ⊕ New and # Active on the Contacts app).
Read a brief description of the app.
Use the vertical ellipsis button (⋮) to access the app's preferences. Find more information about app preferences in the corresponding app documentation.
Users with administrative access can also manage apps from the ellipses menu, including app permissions and screens.
You're also given three further options from the (⋮):
Move the app tile around your dashboard (do this to re-order the way your app tiles appear when you log in):
Change the colour of the app tile:
Star and favourite apps you often use:
Removing the star will minimize the app and it moves to the bottom of your dashboard
You can favourite minimized apps at any time by clicking the ellipsis (⋮) and reselecting the star icon.
These three options only influence the dashboard of the user currently signed in. Each user is free to customize their own dashboards using these options.
At the end of the app tile section, there is an outlined box labeled Add / Remove Apps: Clicking this button takes you to a screen where you can add new packs and create your own custom apps (see Subscribe for more information).