Edit Initial Settings (Winsteps.ini) file

To change the Winsteps control & data directory/folder from a short-cut icon:

Use an existing short-cut to Winsteps (e.g., on your Start menu or Desktop)
or create a new short-cut to Winsteps by right-clicking on Winsteps.exe, SendTo, Create shortcut

Right-click the short-cut to Winsteps

Click on "Properties"

Select "Shortcut"

Type the desired directory into "Start in"

Click on "Apply"

 


 

Altering the Initial Settings

 

1) Pull-down the "Edit" menu

2) Click on "Edit initial settings"

 

 

3) The Settings display. If this is too big for your screen, see Display too big.

 

(1) Editor path:

Editor=NOTEPAD

This specifies the word processor or text editor that is to be used by Winsteps. It is usually your Windows text editor. If Output Tables do not display, please change this text editor. You can make Winsteps use your own text editor or word processor by changing the Editor in Edit initial settings or editing Winsteps.ini in your Winsteps folder. Put the full pathname of your editor in place of Notepad, e.g.,

for WordPad it could be: "C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories\wordpad.exe"

for Word 6.0, it could be: "C:\MSOFFICE\WINWORD\WINWORD.EXE"

 

You can find the full path to your word processor by doing a "Find" or "Search" for it from the "Start" menu. Useful replacements for Notepad include NotePad++ freeware: notepad-plus-plus.org

(2) Excel path:

Excel=C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\EXCEL.EXE

This provides a fast link to Excel from the File pull-down menu. The path to any program can be placed here. If Winsteps does not find Excel automatically, please go to the Windows "Start" menu, do a "Find" or "Search" for "Files and Folders" to locate it, and enter its path here. Excel is not part of Winsteps, and may not be present on your computer.

 

If this malfunctions,

a) check that the Windows filetypes are correct, by creating a .xls file, then double-clicking on it. Does it open in Excel? If not, then Excel is not properly installed.

b) Launch Winsteps

c) blank out the Excel path in "Edit menu", "Initial settings"

d) Save the Initial Settings

e) Close Winsteps

f) Launch Winsteps again.

g) "Edit menu", "Initial settings" should now show the correct path to Excel.

(3) SPSS path:

SPSS=C:\SPSS.EXE

This provides a fast link to SPSS from the File pull-down menu. The path to any program can be placed here. If Winsteps does not find SPSS automatically, please go to the Windows "Start" menu, do a "Find" or "Search" for "Files and Folders" to locate it, and enter its path here. SPSS is not part of Winsteps, and may not be installed on your computer.

(4) R Statistics path:

RSTAT=C:\R\bin\R.exe

This provides a fast link to  R Statistics from the File pull-down menu. The path to any program can be placed here. If Winsteps does not find  R Statistics automatically, please go to the Windows "Start" menu, do a "Find" or "Search" for "Files and Folders" to locate it, and enter its path here. R Statistics is not part of Winsteps, and may not be installed on your computer.

(5) Temporary directory for work files:

Default Windows temporary directory/folder = %temp%

Temporary Output and Table files are placed in the same directory as your Input file (if possible), or in the "Temporary directory".

Other temporary files are placed in the "Temporary directory." Files ending "....ws.txt" can be deleted when Winsteps is not running.

 

If the temporary directory does not change when you type in a new one, and click OK:

1. The desired temporary folder does not exist: please create it.

2. You do not have write permission for the desired temporary folder: please give yourself write-permission

3. You do not have write-permission for Winsteps.ini in the Winsteps.exe folder: please give yourself write-permission

 

You could also:

1. Change the Windows temporary folder: how_do_i_change_the_location_of_windows_temporary_files

2. Delete Winsteps.ini in the Winsteps.exe folder

3. Launch Winsteps

(6) Maximize analysis-window on start-up?

When checked, the analysis window is displayed maximized (filling your screen). Unchecked, the window size is normal (big enough for practical purposes).

(7) Prompt for Report-output-file name?

With an unchecked box, this specifies that your standard report output file will be a temporary file.

A checked box produces a prompt for a file name on the screen. You can always view the Report output file from the Edit menu, and save it as another file.

(8) Prompt for Extra Specifications:?

unchecked specifies that there will be no extra specifications to be entered.

(9) Show Data-setup dialog?

When the box is checked the Data-setup dialog box displays.

(10) Display the Report-output-file after estimation?

When checked, this automatically shows the report output file if TABLES= or TFILE= is active in the Control file or at Extra Specifications. The Report Output File can always be displayed from the Edit menu.

(11) Output Excel files with .xlsx suffix?

Uncheck this box to output .xls Excel files

(12) Close output windows on exit?

Closeonexit=Yes or No or Ask

This choice can be overridden when Winsteps stops.

(13) Character that starts ....

SIGNS=;;,,..

This enables the processing of files in accordance with international usages. For instance, it may be more convenient to output files with decimal commas, use semicolons as separators, and indicate comments with exclamation marks:

(14) Initial settings for control variables:

Variable = value

Control variables and their settings entered into this box are pre-pended to the settings in your control file. This enables you to set values which apply to all analyses. They are reported first in Table 0.3

(15) Changing the Font in the Winsteps Analysis window:

Fixed-width Font Name: Courier New is the most widely used. Type in your preferred font, Lucida Console, Consolas, Andale Mono.

Font Size: ,Font Weight:, OK, then restart Winsteps.

Winsteps Font details are maintained in the Windows Registry.

OK:

Click on this to accept the settings. Some settings go into effect the next time you start Winsteps.

Cancel:

Do not change the previous settings.

Help:

Displays this page of the Help file

Reset to default values and restart:

Resets these settings to their default values, then restart Winsteps.

Current settings are in file Winsteps.ini in your Windows AppData area.

 


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