Options - General

You can set defaults such as file open/save paths, page units, undo levels, through the File | Options command. In the Options dialog, click the button next to General to expand the General section to access these items. Changes made in the Options dialog affect all subsequent documents. Existing documents and settings are not changed.


The General section has the following sub-sections: General, Updates, and Backup. Click General on the left side of the dialog to display the General options on the right side of the dialog. Use the General options to control general preferences in Grapher.


Use the
Options dialog to set Grapher preferences.


Project Folder

Use the Project folder box to set the default path for opening and saving files. For example, enter C:\Program Files\Golden Software\Graphs to save your graphs within a folder named "Graphs" in the "Golden Software" directory. The initial path set here will be the default project folder displayed when a dialog is opened (i.e. File | Open, File | Open Excel, File | Import, File | Open). If the file path is changed in the dialog, subsequent opens within the same session will use the changed folder.


Click the button to open a dialog and select a directory on the computer. Alternatively type a folder path in the Project folder field to set the Project folder. If no folder is specified, the Windows default (C:\Users\<username>\Documents) folder is used until a project folder is selected.


The Project folder option can also be set in the Welcome to Grapher dialog.


Worksheet Path

Use the Worksheet path box to specify where to search for any worksheets used by plots when Grapher is opening files. It can be an absolute or relative path, and this setting overrides the path stored within the file for the worksheet.


For example:

·      C:\GS\Data Files is an absolute path. Grapher looks to the absolute path first for any needed worksheet files, e.g., C:\GS\Data Files\sample4.dat.

·      .\Data Files is a relative path (notice the prefix period). Relative paths are modified by the location of the .GRF file being opened, e.g., the act of opening a graph located at C:\Work\MyGraph.grf would result in Grapher looking in C:\Work\Data Files for any needed worksheets.


If the Worksheet path box is left blank or the data file cannot be found using either the relative or absolute options, the normal search routine occurs. The normal search looks first for the stored worksheet path in the .GRF file, then in the same directory location as the .GRF file. If the Worksheet path option is used, then that entry is used first, followed by the normal search routine if necessary.


Click the button to open a dialog and select a directory on the computer.


Decimal Separator

The Decimal separator controls which character is used to separate the whole number portion from the decimal portion in a number. To change the Decimal separator, click on the existing option and select the desired option from the list. Available options are: System default, Period, and Comma. The default is to use the System default. System default defers treatment of decimal separators to Windows. The Period option displays a period (.) to separate the numbers before and after the decimal. The Comma option display a decimal comma (,) to separate the numbers before and after the decimal. When this option is changed, all graphs that are opened will display the selected character for the decimal separator.


When using System default, the setting is controlled by Windows. To set the Windows local, in the Windows Control Panel, under Region and Language, set the Format. In locale's where the period is the separator, it will be used in Grapher. In locale's where the comma is the separator, it will be used in Grapher. All .GRF, .GPJ, and .GRT files will use the format specified by Windows. This means that older files may appear differently depending on the format. Some changes may be in axis labels.


The Decimal separator is mainly used to import data files from different locales correctly in your instance of Grapher. For example, a CSV file uses the period (.) for the decimal separator and a comma (,) for the data delimiter in the English locale. However a CSV file uses the comma (,) for the decimal separator and a semicolon (;) for the data delimiter in the German locale. You can correctly import data files from other locales by updating your Decimal separator setting. This means it is not necessary to update your Windows locale to import and open data files from other locales.


Save Preview Image

A preview image is saved with Grapher .GRF and .GPJ files and displayed when selecting the File | Open command. You can choose the preview image options in the Save preview image as drop-down list.


Export Header/Footer

Check the Export header/footer box to include the header and/or footer when exporting the document. Uncheck this option to export the document without the header and/or footer. You can add a header or footer to the document with the File | Page Setup command.


Undo Levels

You can set the number of undo levels by changing the number in the Undo levels box. The maximum number of Undo levels is 50.


Recent files (restart required)

The Recent files (restart required) option controls the number of recently used files listed at the bottom of the File menu. Set this to a value between 0 and 16. You must restart Grapher for a change in this setting to take effect.


Include Script Comments

Check the Include script comments box to include comments when recording a script.


Log Program Actions

Check the Log program actions option to automatically log Grapher command and property actions for the current session in a script file, LogScript.BAS. This feature is used to track potential problems in the program. Logs are not sent to Golden Software without your consent. This log is written when Grapher closes and is erased each time Grapher starts.


Start Up Action

The Start up action controls what happens when a new Grapher instance is opened. The initial option for Start up action is created by clicking a button in the Welcome dialog. Every time the program is opened, this default option will be used if you click the Close button or the X button in the top right of the Welcome dialog. In addition, this default method is used if the Welcome dialog is not displayed.


To change the default Start up action, click on the existing option and select the desired option. Available options include: New plot and worksheet, New plot, New template, New worksheet, Open file, New plot from template, Launch Wizard, or Do nothing.

Track Usage

Check the box next to Track usage to allow Grapher to send anonymous usage data to Golden Software. Sending usage data will help improve Grapher to meet our users' needs. This property does not have a default setting; it's initial setting is determined based on your selection to opt-in or opt-out of the Customer Experience Improvement Program during the Grapher install process.



See Also

Options - Updates

Options - Backup

Options - Display

Options - Rulers and Grid

Options - Selection

Options - Plots

Options - Dialog Messages

Options - Default

File | Options

File | Defaults