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File Menu Commands


These are the menu commands under the File Menu.

File Menu Commands
Menu Description
Enter Project Name Opens a small dialog box that allows you to enter the Project Name, which is then copied to the top of all the documents and also used as the default file name when you save the file.

You can change the Project Name at any time.

You may also override the Project Name as the File Name during the File-Save routine.

Set Customer Type Opens a dialog box that allows you to replace the word that refers to the customer throughout the entire program.  Your choices are:
  • Owners
  • Buyers
  • Customers
  • Leaseholders
  • Property Manager
  • Clients
  • The idea is to allow you to tailor your specifications to reflect the nature of your relationship to your customer.  For example:

    1. If your customer is buying a home from your inventory, then they are "Buyers".
    2. If your customer is remodeling their home, then they are "Owners".
    3. If your customer is a commercial tenant, then they are "Leaseholders".
    4. If you are a designer, you would want the specifications to refer to the customer as "Client".

    You may change this setting throughout your SpecWriter Specifications and other documents at any time.

    Print Dialog Box This will open the standard Excel Print dialog box, which will give you complete control of the printing of your documents.

    Although each document menu includes commands to preview and print that document, there are certainly situations where you might need to perform a print function outside of the standard print routines we have programmed into SpecWriter.  Some special print situations where you would want to use this dialog box are:
    1. You need to print a document on a printer other than you default printer.
    2. You only want to print one or several pages of a document, and not the entire document.

    Save to Hard Drive This command will save the file to the drive and folder set under the File Path set in the Settings dialog box, using the Project Name as the File Name.

    SpecWriter will ask you to confirm that this is where you want to save the file before it actually performs the save function, at which point you can cancel the operation and change the file path or the File Name.

    Zip to Floppy Drive This command will compress and then save the file to your floppy disc drive A, using the Project Name as the File Name.

    The compress function, known as Zipping, is necessary to save a SpecWriter File to a floppy disc because the typical SpecWriter File is larger than 1.44 meg, and thus will not fit on a floppy disc.

    The compress function is not supported by all computers.  If your computer will not Zip the file, we suggest you use a third party software such as Winzip or Power Archiver.

    You can learn more about these two programs and how to get a free copy of PowerArchiver from our website in the SpecWriter Users Guide.

    File-Save Dialog Box This command will open the standard Excel File-Save dialog box, which will give you full control of where and under what name you save the SpecWriter File.

    Although SpecWriter provides you with two automatic file-save functions, there are certainly situations where you would need to perform a save function that is different that our standard routines.

    Some situations where you might want to use the File Save dialog box are:
    1. You want to save the file in a different location that the path set in the Settings dialog box, but you want to keep the default file path as is.
    2. You want to save the file as a different name than the Project Name, but you want SpecWriter to keep the Project Name as it is.

    Close SpecWriter File This will close the SpecWriter file and return you to Excel.

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