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WordSmith Tools Help

With any list open, right-click or choose View | Layout WSImage_303_layout_24 to choose your preferred display formats for each column of data.


Layout or Add data?

The Layout tab gives you a chance to format the layout of your data. Add a column of data lets you compute a new variable. And you can add an extra set column if you like.


editing headings in layout

You can edit the headings by double-clicking and typing in your own preferred heading.  Here I've changed Freq. to Frequency.



Click on the arrows to move a column up or down so as to display it in an alternative order.



Allows a choice of left-aligned, centred, right-aligned, and decimal aligned text in each column, as appropriate.



Normal, bold, italic and/or underlined text. If none are checked, the typeface will be normal.


Screen Width

in your preferred units (cm. or inches).

Above, 4 of the headings have been activated (by clicking) so that settings can be changed so as to get them all the same width.



lower case, UPPER CASE, Title Case or source: as it came originally in the text file. The default for most data is upper case.



the number of decimal places for numerical data, where applicable. For example, suppose you have this list of the key words of Midsummer Night's Dream in view but want to show the numbers in the column above corresponding to WALL, FAIRY etc.,0.02,


select the column(s) you want to affect,



and set the decimals eg. like this



where the top number is the decimal places (2, unchanged from the default for percentage data) and the bottom is the threshold below which the data are not shown. In this case, any date smaller than 0.0001 won't be shown (the space will be blank). As soon as you make the change, you should immediately see the result.





show or hide, or show only if greater than a certain number. (If this shows ***, then this option is not applicable to the data in the currently selected column.)



The bottom left window shows the available colours for the foreground & background. Click on a colour to change the display for the currently selected column of information.


Restore WSImage_348_restore_24

Restores settings to the state they were in before. Offers a chance to delete any custom saved layout for the current type of data (see Save).


Save WSImage_326_save_24

The point of this Save option is to set all future lists of the same type as the one you're working on to a preferred layout. Suppose you have a concordance open. If you change the layout as you like and save the concordance in the usual way it will remember your settings anyway. But the next time you make a concordance, you'll get the WordSmith default layout. If you choose this Save, the next time you make a concordance, it will look like the current one.

And a custom saved layout will be found in your Documents\wsmith8 folder, eg. Concordance list customised.dat. (The only way of removing such settings would be to rename or delete that file.)


Alternatively you can choose always to show or hide certain columns of data with settings. For example, in the Controller's Concord settings the What you see tab offers these options,



which can be saved permanently with save_all_settings.


tog_plus        Freeze columns


See also: percentage_columns, setting & saving defaults, setting colour choices in WordSmith Tools Controller.


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