iData Pro Menu Preferences
General

To bring up the iData Pro Preferences dialog, select Preferences... under the iData Pro menu.

Note: The preference settings affect all datafiles.

Highlight Find Box when window comes forward

If this preference is enabled, the insertion point (where typing occurs) will always move to the Find Box when you bring a datafile window forward. This is to keep you from typing over data that might previously have been highlighted.

Beep When Find Fails

If this preference is enabled, iData Pro will beep whenever a Find command fails to find the target text.

Highlight field when field name is clicked in Basic View

If this preference is enabled, clicking a field name in Basic View will cause the text in that field to be highlighted. (This is what always happened in versions of iData prior to version 3.0.0. Now this behavior can be disabled.)

Use Alternating Row Background Colors

Enable this preference to have the background of rows in the Field Area alternate between white and the color that is set in the Appearance panel in System Preferences (grey for Graphite or light blue for Blue).

Open Datafiles with Spell Checker turned off

If you do not wish to have iData Pro's built-in spell checking feature on by default, put a check mark in this preference. 

Quit iData when last file is closed

This option is for those who first started using QuickDEX in the days when it was a Desk Accessory. When Desk Accessory windows were closed, the application quit. If you want iData Pro to quit when you have closed all of its windows, enable this preference.

Do not save changes to the window if the content has not changed

This option is provided for those who do not want the Modified Date of their datafiles to change every time they change the window appearance without changing any of the datafile content.

The following changes will be ignored if this option is enabled:

    1. Window size

    2. Window location

    3. Splitter bar height (which controls the relative sizes of the Fields area and the Freeform Text Area)

    4. Changes between List View and Basic View in field-based datafiles

    5. Column widths in List View in field-based datafiles

In addition, if this option is enabled, the Always open this datafile: To the most recently viewed record radio button in the Datafile Settings window will be disabled, because that setting requires that the most recently viewed record ID be saved to the datafile settings when the datafile is closed.

Date/Time Format

This preference works with the Date/Time Stamp. It determines which date format will be used when you click the Date/Time Stamp button, shown below, in the toolbar.

The exact nature of these formats is set by you in the Formats section of the International System Preferences, and is shown next to each option using the current date as an example.

If the Add time to Date Stamp checkbox is enabled, the time will be added after the date. For example: Sunday, July 25, 2006 8:02 PM

If the Include seconds in time checkbox is enabled, the seconds will be added to the time. For example: Sunday, July 25, 2006 8:02:03 PM

Set Found Text Color:

The color shown in the color well is the one that will be temporarily applied to text that is selected in the Freeform Text Area as the result of a search. (The default color is red.)


To change the found text color, click the color well. When the Color Palette (shown below) comes up, select the desired color, then close the Color Palette.


Set Highlighter Color:

The color shown in the color well is the one that will be used as the highlighter color when you select Toggle Highlighter in the Format menu, or click the Toggle Highlighter button, shown below, in the toolbar. (The default color is yellow.)


To change the highlighter color, click the color well. When the Color Palette (shown below) comes up, select the desired color, then close the Color Palette.



Leave text selected after toggling Highlighter Color

This lets you specify whether or not the selected text will be deselsected after having the Highlighter Color toggled. Deselecting the text (the default setting) provides instant feedback that the color has been toggled, but some may prefer that the text remain selected for further actions.

Restore Factory Settings

Clicking this button will set all General Preferences to the default setting that came with iData Pro. This button will affect only General Preferences.

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