User Preferences

  •   PREFERENCES...       ,  This window lets you select your preferences for program appearance and functions.   Chose one of four tabbed categories: Appearance,   Sounds, Printing,   File Handling,  and Operations.

    • Most of these options should be self-explanatory.   In general they set what appears in the plot window, and if the program uses sounds to indicate events.

    • If the data file contains real-time notes (entered while data was being acquired), these are indicated by -- and accessed via -- small buttons labeled 'n' in the plot area.   You can have the note buttons appear either at the top or the bottom of the plot area.   The change may not occur until a new channel is drawn.

    • If the 'Continuously Draw Block ...' option is selected, the block window will be continuously updated as you select a block in the plot window with the standard 'click-and-drag' method.   This only functions for blocks of 50,000 cases or less, and only when blocks are selected with left to right drag actions.   Dragging from right to left works to select blocks, but they will not be drawn until the drag is complete (the mouse button is released).

    • The Large number format selections determine how numbers are displayed in certain windows -- unformatted versus comma-delimited (this does not apply to some numeric textfields).

    • The Lock Toolbar option 'fastens' toolbars to windows, so that if you drag or resize a plot window, it's toolbar moves with it.

    • The Toolbar popups are small windows that open when the cursor is hovered over a toolbar button; these give more detailed descriptions of button functions.

    • The Plot Style button lets you set the foreground (data), background, and label and marker colors on the plot and block windows.


    • To avoid having to re-set your preferences at every launch, click the Store Preferences button to store your current settings (including screen colors, current values of FiO2, FiCO2, and RQ, etc.).   When launched, LabAnalyst reads the preferred settings and uses them as defaults.

    • The Export button lets you save a copy of your preferences external to the LabAnalyst application package, where it normally resides.   This is useful if you want to save your preferences before updating LabAnalyst, which comes with a generic set of preferences.   Once you have installed the new LabAnalyst version, use the Import button to restore your old settings (be sure to click the Store Peferences button to save them into the application package).


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