iData Kwik Menu – Preferences

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

Note: The preference settings affect all datafiles.

General Tab

The General tab includes a number of preference choices.




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.

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.

Beep When Find Fails

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

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 Kwik' 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 Kwik to quit when you have closed all of its windows, enable this preference.

Show a Quit confirmation

If you would like iData Kwik to ask your permission before quitting, enable this preference item. This can be useful if you sometimes intend to type Command-W, but accidentally type Command-Q instead. When this preference is selected, you will see the following dialog each time you quit iData. Selecting the Don't ask again checkbox will turn this preference off.

 

Always restore the previous session when iData opens

If this preference is enabled, iData Kwik will open any datafiles that were open when it last quit, and will show the records that were showing at that time.

Don't backup after Delete All Selected Records operations

If this preference is not enabled, choosing Delete All Selected Records in the Records Sub-Menu of the Edit menu will cause the datafile to be backed up before the deletion is performed. The only way that this deletion can be undone is to restore the backup datafile. If this preference is enabled, the backup datafile will not be created.

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

When synchronizing iData datafiles, always:

The default is Ask which synchronization method to use. This setting can also be changed when selecting a  method during synchronization.

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

Colors Tab

The Colors tab includes two items related to color choices.


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 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 Preferences in the current tab to the default settings that came with iData Kwik.

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