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Found in main Settings menu in all Tools. Default folders can be altered in WordSmith Tools or set as defaults in wordsmith.ini.




Concordance Folder: for your concordance files.
KeyWords Folder: for your key-word list files.
WordList Folder: where you will usually save your word-list files.
Aligner: for your dual-text aligned work
Texts Folder: where your text files are to be found.
Downloaded Media: where your sound & video files will be stored after downloading the first time from the Internet.
Settings: where your settings files (.ini files and some others) are kept.


If you write the name of a folder which doesn't exist, WordSmith Tools will create it for you if possible. (On a network, this will depend on whether you have rights to create folders and save files.)


If you change your Settings folder, you should let WordSmith copy any .ini and other settings files which have been created so that it can keep track of your language preferences, etc.


Note: in a network, drive letters such as G:, H:, K: change according to which machine you're running from, so that what is G:\texts\my text.txt on one terminal may be H:\texts\my text.txt on another. Fortunately network drives also have names structured like this: \\computer_name\drive_name\. You will find that these names can be used by WordSmith, with the advantage that the same text files can be accessed again later.

If you run WordSmith from an external hard drive or a flash drive, where again the drive letter may change, you will find WordSmith arranges that if your folders are on that same drive they will change drive letter automatically once you have saved your defaults.



Use different folders for the different functions in WordSmith Tools. In particular, you may end up making a lot of word lists and key word lists if you're interested in making databases of key words. It is theoretically possible to put any number of files into a folder, but accessing them seems to slow down after there are more than about 500 in a folder. Use the batch facility to produce very large numbers of word list or key words files. I would recommend using a \keywords folder to store .kdb files, and \keywords\genre1, \keywords\genre2, etc. for the .kws files for each genre.


See also: finding source texts.

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