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Creating, Naming, and Modifying Settings

Your user profile can include multiple configurations of the same standard settings, such as four different Keyboard settings. Typically, you create different settings for different basic tasks. For instance, you could have Keyboard settings for Capture, for Editing, for Effects, and for Laptop.

To help stay organized, you can give each customized configuration a descriptive name, or category name, in the middle column of the Settings tab. For high productivity and ease of use, you can even link sets of several modified settings together into toolsets by giving careful consideration to the category names you choose. (For more information, see "Linking Toolsets to Your Custom Settings" later in this chapter.)

To view your settings:

  1. On the Settings tab of the Project window, open the Fast menu.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To view only currently selected settings (one for each type), choose Active Settings.
    • To view all possible settings, choose All Settings.
    • To view a specialized list of settings, such as import settings, choose the appropriate settings category name ( Figure 3.6 ).

      Figure 3.6 After you select Import settings from the Project window's Fast menu, the Settings tab displays only Import settings.

    • To view just the minimum group of default settings, choose Base Settings.

To create a new custom setting:

  1. In the Project window, select the Settings tab.
  2. Open the Fast menu and choose All Settings. (If you don't choose All Settings, your new setting will not be visible after you create it.)
  3. Select the individual default settings group that you want to modify (for example, Keyboard).
  4. Do one of the following:
    • From the Edit menu, choose Duplicate ( Figure 3.7 ).

      Figure 3.7 Here, the default Keyboard setting has been duplicated by selecting it and choosing Edit > Duplicate from the menu.

    • Press Ctrl+D (Windows) or Command+D (Mac).
    The new duplicated setting now appears on the Settings tab of the Project window, ready for you to modify. Make sure you give it a unique name.
  5. Click in the middle (name) column of the Settings tab, to the right of the duplicated setting's standard Xpress Pro name.
  6. When a text box appears with a blinking cursor, enter a unique name. For example, you could name one Keyboard setting Capture ( Figure 3.8 ), which you can later link to other captured-related settings named Capture.

    Figure 3.8 You can give your new setting a custom name in the middle column of the Settings tab.

    The name you gave the setting now appears in the middle column of the Settings tab.

To modify the contents of a single setting:

  1. Double-click a setting on the Settings tab of the Project window.
  2. In the dialog box that appears, make changes to the setting.
  3. Click OK or Apply or Save (depending on the dialog) and close the dialog box.
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