Setup Options

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To customize your interface, open the Tools menu and choose Options… Choosing Options… displays the Setup Options dialog.


To view the function of a toggle in this dialog, click on it.



Aspen Graphics 4.0 supports two modes: Aspen Classic mode and Windows mode.


If a you desires a Windows "look and feel," you should run Aspen Graphics 4.0 with default setup options. On the other hand, if you prefer the Aspen's classic interface, you should modify the setup options.


Windows mode consists of several settings. By mixing these settings, you can tailor Aspen to your preference. if you prefers the "clean screen" look, but also want Aspen to behave more like a Windows program, turn off the title bars and leave Windows menus and mouse standards on.




Display title bars on all windows

Toggles Title Bars.


With Title Bars

Without Title Bars


Aspen Research Group, Ltd. recommends using Title Bars if your are running Windows XP with the Windows XP style appearance property set. If you prefer to suppress Title Bars, consider setting the appearance property to Windows Classic style.


When Title Bars are off, you move the window by moving the mouse pointer near the top border of the window (where the Title Bar would be). Once the pointer is in this region, stop moving it. Momentarily, the Title Bar reappears so you can grab it and move the window. Once you move the window, release the title bar and move the mouse away from the top border. The Title Bar will disappear.


Use Windows' style menus

Toggles Windows Menus.


Aspen Clock Menu

Windows' Clock Menu


Use Windows' standard mouse clicks

Toggles Windows' mouse.



Aspen Mouse

Windows Mouse

Menu display

Hold down the right mouse key and click the left mouse key.

Click the right mouse key.

Window movement

Position pointer over Window background, hold the right key down and drag.

Position pointer over a window handle, hold the left key down and drag.


Use Windows' style edit boxes

Toggles Windows style edit boxes.


Aspen Edit Box

Windows Edit Box

Command line behaves like the traditional Aspen sed window.

Command line adheres to Windows text entry.


Use symbol aliasing

Toggles symbol aliasing.


Aliasing On

Aliasing Off

You can use your own names to track your favorite instruments and use far fewer keystrokes. This feature is particularly useful with mixed case Reuters symbology and with BridgeFeed, which supports up to 32 character symbol lengths.

Symbols can only be retrieved using literal feed symbology.


Snap to grid

Toggles grid snap.


Grid Snap On

Grid Snap Off

Window borders "snap to" the Desktop Grid lines as you move or resize a window.

Windows move and resize to the exact mouse coordinates on left mouse up.


Save prompt before closing.

Toggles display of a save prompt. Set to on, Aspen will ask you if you want to save a window prior to closing the window.


Allow Fast Save from Toolbar

Toggles fast save from the save page and save window icons on the toolbar. Fast save causes pages and windows to be saved without overwrite warnings.


Popup Titlebar Timer

Time in milliseconds required to hoover the mouse for menu bar display. (This is applicable only when menu bars are suppressed).


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