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Settings Menu

Settings Menu Commands

GENERAL DISCUSSION

These are the menu commands under the Settings Menu.


Settings Menu Commands
Menu Description
Contractor Information This command will open the Contractor Information dialog box where, if you followed the Installation and Setup Guide, you should have already entered your company's business name, address, phone number and related information as you wish it to appear in the ContractWriter documents.

Program Settings This command will open the Program Settings dialog box and allow you to change or set a number of controls that effect how ContractWriter operates.

Restore Excel Menu
This command will allow you to jump back and forth between the custom ContractWriter menu and the standard Excel menu.
  1. Select Settings | Restore Excel Menu to close the ContractWriter menu and open the standard Excel menu.
  2. Use the ContractWriter command on the Excel Menu to return to the ContractWriter menu.
  3. You may switch between the two menus at any time.
  4. You may switch to the Excel menu at any time, however, we are not responsible for anything you do to the file from within Excel. This includes performing any of the items listed below.

WHILE IN EXCEL MENU, PLEASE DO NOT...
  1. Change the height of any row anywhere in the Program.
  2. Perform massive moving, copying or modifying of the Documents.
  3. Attempt to word wrap a sentence that's too long for one row.
  4. Change the font sizes.
  5. Ask us to fix anything you did while you were in the Excel menu, and outside of our programming control.

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Program Settings Dialog Box - Display Tab
Menu Description
Screen Resolution This setting allows you to change the zoom for all the pages to match your monitor resolution.

If you do not know your monitor resolution, then you should experiment with the settings and view the Checklist, which should properly fill your monitor from side to side on the correct setting.

If neither of the default settings appear to be correct, you may enter a percentage instead.

If you have a large 19" monitor, you may decide to use a setting that doesn't fill the entire screen.

Remember: You may change this setting as often as you like until you are satisfied with the result.

The default setting is for a 800x600 monitor.

ContractWriter will operate correctly regardless of which Screen Resolution you elect to use.

Display Checklist Format Column This command allows you to select if the Format Column is hidden or displayed in the Checklist.

The Format Column is a narrow column on the left side of the Checklist that is either blank or contains an "S" or a "P" indicating what lines start the Sections and Paragraphs when you generate the Contract.  The letter controls the decision, and you may change it when editing the checklist if you desire.

The default setting is to have the Format Column hidden.

ContractWriter will operate correctly regardless if the Format Column is hidden or displayed.

Display Caution Messages This setting will determine if most (but not all) of the caution messages are displayed when you are using the program.

The Caution Messages can be helpful when you are first using the program, but after a while they can become redundant.

You may change this setting at any time.

The default setting is for the Caution Messages to be displayed.

SpecWriter will operate correctly regardless of which setting you elect to use.

OK Button The OK button will save your settings and close the dialog box.

Cancel Button

The Cancel button will close the dialog without saving your changes.

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Program Settings Dialog Box - Program Tab
Menu Description
Default Directory This is the file path that ContractWriter uses when you activate the Save to Hard Drive command under the File Menu.

The default setting is c:\PowerTools\ContractWriter, which is the folder that was created by the ContractWriter installation program.

We suggest that you leave this setting alone unless you have a compelling reason to use another folder, perhaps because you are using ContractWriter on a network drive.

ContractWriter will operate correctly regardless of which file path you elect to use.

Display Caution Messages This setting will determine if most (but not all) of the caution messages are displayed when you are using the program.

The Caution Messages can be helpful when you are first using the program, but after a while they can become redundant.

You may change this setting at any time.

The default setting is for the Caution Messages to be displayed.

SpecWriter will operate correctly regardless of which setting you elect to use.

Create Separate Addendums These three selections determine whether or not ContractWriter includes the Draw Schedule, the Allowance Schedule, and/or the Warranty within the body of the Contract itself, or generates them as separate addendums.

The default setting is to generate these addendums as separate documents because most ContractWriter prefer to have these documents separate from the contract itself.

You may change these settings and re-generate a contract at any time.

ContractWriter will operate correctly regardless of which percentages you set as the defaults.

Reset Program This command will initiate a routine that will comb through ContractWriter and attempt to reset all the printer settings for all the documents.

The routine can take up to 5 minutes.

The purpose of this routine is to help reset these sensitive settings in the event you may have attempted to alter them, which you shouldn't have a need to do in the first place.

Nevertheless, we observed that most of the few tech support calls we were getting were related to the fact that ContractWriter wouldn't print the documents properly, largely because the user monkeyed with the preset margins and print ranges.

The vast majority of ContractWriter users will never need to use this command.

OK Button The OK button will save your settings and close the dialog box.

Cancel Button

The Cancel button will close the dialog without saving your changes.

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Program Settings Dialog Box - Print Tab
Menu Description
Set Print Delay This setting allows you to set a delay in the time between when multiple documents are sent to your printer.

This setting only effects the timing between print jobs in the Multiple Documents function.  Individual print jobs are not effected.

This setting is only needed in some print situations, most notably when using ink jet printers, where the printer or the print buffer cannot accept multiple print jobs sent in rapid succession.  Laser printers rarely experience this problem.

When you use the Multiple Documents print function, you are essentially sending a series of separate print jobs to your printer at one time.  It's the equivalent of manually pressing Control-P in rapid succession.

All the setting does is make ContractWriter wait the specified number of seconds between sending the print jobs to the printer.

If you don't experience a problem with your printer or your print spooler handling the Multiple Documents, then you can set this to No Delay.

If your printer starts to act funny when you sent it Multiple Documents, like it just stops printing, then you need to increase this setting.

The best method to determine what delay to set is to time how long your printer takes to print a typical ContractWriter page.  If it takes 30 seconds to print a single page, then you know to set the delay at 30 seconds.

The default setting in ContractWriter is 60 seconds.

You may change this setting at any time.

ContractWriter will operate properly in all other functions regardless of what setting you have entered here.

OK Button The OK button will save your settings and close the dialog box.

Cancel Button

The Cancel button will close the dialog without saving your changes.

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