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OST 3.97 - 19.01 Customizing OST - Program Defaults, Settings, and Options

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Setting program and database options is an important step before creating Bids and drawing takeoff. It takes a few moments to set these options but doing so before you jump into using the program can save a lot of time down the road. The program works correctly out of the box without adjusting any options - you only need to change these to customize how the program works and where it stores files.

You probably set up your Master Menu Lists/Tables already, if not, review the previous articles.

To access the Options dialog, click Tools > Options.

There are two types of options:

Program Options

Program options change settings for the application and affect all databases. These are per user settings and are stored in each user's local Windows Registry. The following tabs are Program Options:

  • General - affect how you work with the application such as Snap Angle, turning on Color Plans, etc.
  • Font/Colors - affect the defaults for creating Annotations such as textboxes, shapes, and dimension lines.
  • Sounds - controls the sounds that the program makes when you perform certain actions.
  • Folders - determines where the program stores and accesses files by default.

Database Options

Database options affect the currently selected (Active) database only. These settings affect all users of a particular database and are stored within the database itself.

Options on the New Bid tab are 'Database options'.

Let's start with General Options

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