Now that you are quite clear about your display type, now notice the bottom three tabs of the window:
Quantity: Some of your options are stress, as well as strain and displacements for structural analysis. Similarly for thermal you can display temperature, heat flux etc. Here you have to select what exactly you want to display in result.
Display Locations: The options available under this tab will allow you to specify if you want to see your result with respect to a particular surface or volume or curve.
Note that, the curve option will work well with beam idealization.
Display Options: Lots of options (most of them are available by checking a box) are available under this tab. Moreover the options change with a change in display type. So if you change the display type from fringe to model some more options are added or removed from this tab.
Let’s make the things simple, I will explain most of the useful options available under this tab.
Continuous Tone: If you check this box, you will see smooth colored fringes (i.e. strips).The transition from one color fringe to the next is smooth.
Legend Level: The number of color legends you want to see in the result window is defined by this option.
Contour: If you check this box, you will see several colored lines and/or iso surface instead of colored fringes. You can check the level contour option to see the level attached with each line or iso-surface.
Deformed: If you check this you will see the result in the deformed shape and vice versa.
Show Element Edges: Use this to see the boundary lines of different elements.
Animate: This option and all the check box below this controls animation of result.
There are some additional self-explanatory options, so for now we will move on to graph.