Defaults: Permanent and Current

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Settings can be altered by choosing Adjust Settings in the WordSmith Tools Controller.

Any setting menu item in any Tool gives you access to these:


General, Folders, Colours, Languages, Tags, Lists, Concord, KeyWords, WordList, Index, Advanced, WSConcgram

These tabs allow you to choose settings which affect one or more of the Tools.


customise the default colours


set WordSmith so it "knows" which folders you usually use


character set, treatment of hyphens & numbers, default file extension


restore last file, printing


tags to ignore, tag file, tag file autoloading, custom tagsets

stop lists

for Concord, KeyWords and Wordlist


files to match up, or lemma files to mark lemmas in a word list, etc.


number of entries, sort system, collocation horizons


procedure, max. p value, database & associate minimum frequencies, reference corpus filename


word length & frequencies, type/token #, cluster settings


making a word-list index


advanced settings


for the concgram utility


permanent settings and wordsmith.ini file

You can save your settings by checking the save box after adjusting settings. Or by editing the wordsmith.ini file, installed when you installed 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 Documents\wsmith5\wordsmith.ini by choosing Settings | See Current.


show help file

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 wsmith5\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.


network and CD-ROM defaults

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 WordSmith Tools finds a copy of wordsmith.ini in that folder it will be able to use your personal preferences.

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