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A short description of Optool's settings

settings.jpgIt is possible to customize Optool in very many ways. Most users can just stick to the default options, but below is a short description of the different settings. Please note the popup hints when you hold the mouse cursor above the settings in the dialog.

Program Settings Tab

  • Automatically launch target browser
    Should Optool lauch the target browser without asking?
  • Reuse existing browser windows if possible
    With this option checked, Optool will try to reuse existing browser windows. So if you want to see a given page in Internet Explorer and there is already an IE window open, Optool will try to use that windows. This will not always be possible, and if there is more than one window open, you can't make use which one will be the target. Optool will attempt to use the most recent window, though.
  • Close original browser
    With this option checked, Optool will close the original browser before opening the new one. By pressing Ctrl while clicking on one of the Open in [browser] menu items, Optool will reverse this action. So if this option is not checked, and you press Ctrl while clicking, Optool will still close the original browser - and vice versa.
  • Maximize new browser windows
    Check this option if you want new browser windows maximized.
  • Make target browser same size and position as original
    This will open the new browser "on top" of the original.
  • Center resized windows
    With this option checked, Optool will center the window after you resize it with one of the Resize window menu items.
  • Open popup menu at mouse position
    Normally the popup window will appear at the current mouse position when pressing the hotkey, but if switch this option off, Optool will show the menu at the screen center instead.
  • Show message if no valid URL found
    If you don't want the message "NO VALID URL FOUND - CLICK FOR INFO" just uncheck this option.
  • Hide disabled menu items
    Normally menu items not applicable will be disabled (grayed out), but if you want a shorter menu, check this option to hide the items completely.
  • Only use hotkey in browsers (otherwise ignore)
    With this option checked, Optool's hotkey will only work from within the browsers in the browser list. This allows you to choose a hotkey which is in use in MS Word etc since the hotkey will be ignored by Optool. Note that you can always invoke the popup menu by clicking on Optool's tray icon.
  • Hide tray icon
    If you find your tray too cluttered, check this option.
  • Enable long right clicks
    Long right clicks is a new way to invoke the popup menu. If you don't like the feature, you can disable it here. In the list below called "Where", you can specify the width of the right click zone, ie. how far from the right edge of the window the feature will work.
  • Clipboard handling
    This option controls how Optool will monitor the clipboard. If you select "React when copied twice ot hotkey pressed within 5 seconds", the menu will only show up if you twice within 5 seconds press Ctrl-C (or select Copy from the application's context menu). You can also just copy once and then press the hotkey.  If you select "React immediately", Optool will show the menu as soon as you copy the URL. If you don't want this feature at all, select "Ignore". If Optool's menu sometimes show up by itself when working in certain applications, check the option "Control key must be down". This will normally cure the problem, but the cost is that Optool won't react if you copy text using the application's context menu or toolbar. This was mainly an issue with MS Word which does weird things with the clipboard, but I think I have found a solution for that in Optool 2.1.
  • Hotkey
    Select the hotkey combination you want for invoking the popup menu. You can also decide what you want to do when pressing the hotkey:  Show the popup menu, swtich immediately between the primary and secondary browser, or nothing at all (don't use any hotkey).
  • Custom window sizes
    Enter any custom window size you want to appear in Optool's resize menu. The format is width x height. If you put an ampersand (&) in front of a digit, you can press that digit to select the menu item when the menu is open.

Browser Settings Tab

When you start Optool the first time, it will automatically check your system for the browsers it supports. If you later on install more browsers, or if you have deleted one or more browsers from the list, you can click the "Scan for new browsers" button to make Optool recheck the system.

Apart from the browsers with built-in support, you can add more browsers if you like.

Press the "Add" button and enter the browser name, the menu text and the path of the executable file. You can optionally specify one or more command line parameters for the browser. Tip: if you enter an ampersand (&) in front of a letter in the menu text, that letter will work as an accelerator. Thus, if you enter "Open in &Firefox" you can just press F when the menu is open.

Click on "Del" to remove a browser from the list. If you temporarily want to hide the browser from the menu, you can uncheck the Enabled check box instead of deleting it.

Click on "Up" and "Down" to move the browser up or down the list.

Check the "Set as primary browser" and "Set as secondary browser" checkboxes for the two browsers you use most if you want to be able to switch immediately between the two, thus bypassing the popup menu.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 July 2005 )