Defaults: Permanent and Current
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Controller > save defaults
Settings can be altered by choosing Adjust Settings in the Oxford WordSmith Tools Controller.
Any setting menu item in any Tool gives you access to these:
Colours, Folders, Text, General, Tags, Stop Lists, Concord, KeyWords, WordList
These tabs allow you to choose settings which affect one or more of the Tools.
You can save your settings by checking the save box after adjusting settings. Or by editing the wordsmith.ini file, installed when you installed Oxford WordSmith Tools. This specifies all the settings which you regularly use for all the suite of programs, such as your text and results folders, screen colours, fonts, the default columns to be shown in a concordance, etc.
You can see \wsmith4\wordsmith.ini by choosing Settings | See Current.
In the general tab of Adjust Settings you will see a checkbox called "show help file". If checked, this will always show this help file every time WordSmith starts up. The point of this is for users who only use the software occasionally, e.g. in a network installation.
Using Notepad, you can edit wsmith4\sayings.txt, which holds sayings that appear in the main Controller window, if you don't like the sayings or want to add some more.
If you're running WordSmith straight from a CD-ROM, your defaults cannot be saved on it as it's read-only; Windows will find a suitable place for wordsmith.ini, usually the root folder of c:\.
The first time you use WordSmith, you will be prompted to Adjust Settings, choose appropriate Folders, Text Characteristics, Tagdetails etc. and enable the Save checkbox, after which your settings will be saved for future use. You can change settings and save them as often as you like.
Similarly, on a network you will usually not be allowed to change defaults permanently, as this would affect other users. Your network administrator should have installed the program so that you have your own copy of wordsmith.ini, where it may be both read and altered. If Oxford WordSmith Tools finds a copy of wordsmith.ini in that folder it will be able to use your personal preferences.