[This post is a part of the main post - Sudoku Solver with GUI written in python.]

The

*Sudoku Solver*has a simple and easy to use GUI.Lets us go through the picture gallery to understand it well -

__#1. Startup__This is how the

*Sudoku Solver*looks when you start it -Picture #1 |

Note the maze-like colour combination for easy identification of the (specific) 3 x 3 boxes. Also, in the side pane, you have a big white coloured (initially empty)

*Solution Box*and 4 buttons -*Save, Clear, Revert, Solve*.

__#2. Entering numbers -__To enter numbers in the cells, you need to just scroll over the cells. Scrolling over a cell will rotate through its permissible numbers.

*(Permissible numbers are those numbers which you can enter in the cell without immediately violating the Sudoku rules. The rules*)__may__later get violated.For example, consider this puzzle -

Picture #2 |

Observe that for cell 5,5 {row 5, column 5}, the permissible numbers are 1,4,5 and 6. So you can scroll on cell (5,5) to rotate through these numbers (only). You cannot enter any other number in that cell.

*Thus, the mechanism is such that it automatically prevents you from committing any mistakes while filling the grid.*Picture #3 (Observe the cell (5,5) for each case.) |

*#3. Save,**Clear,**Revert -*You can save a puzzle you have entered in the grid using the

*Save*button.Use the

*Clear*button to clear the grid (and make it again look like Picture #1 above).To load an already saved puzzle (the one saved using the

*Save*button), use the*Revert*button.

*#4. Solve and the Solution**-*Once you have entered a puzzle, click

*Solve*to solve the puzzle. The puzzle will be solved almost immediately. You can go through the solution (steps taken to solve the puzzle) in the*Solution Box*.Picture #4 |

(Completely understanding the solution from the

*Solution Box*is not easy and may take time. You will understand it better if you have gone through this post - How To Solve A Sudoku?)Don't worry if you forget any of the above. You can get these instructions in the

*Sudoku Solver*application too - In the menu bar, simply go to Help -> How To Use?*(In the above pictures you cannot see the menu bar, because these screen shots are from Ubuntu 11.04 in which the application menu bar is integrated*

*with the*

*global menu bar at the top.)*

*#5. Additional*

*-*You can make the application span the entire screen using F11 (or from the menu bar, View -> Fullscreen.)

Picture #6 |

Also, when the mouse moves into the region of a (non empty) cell, the number within pops up. This can be noticed in the above picture too.

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