Preferences Dialog (General Tab)

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General tab of the preferences dialog (shown on the screenshot below) offers a number of options that define how the Port Monitor logs events. To display the tab choose File-->Preferences from the main menu of the Port Monitor or click Preferences button (shown below).

 

 

pm_pref_button Preferences button

 

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Event prefix format defines how each event in the log will look like. There are three fields that can be added to each event line:

 

Port name placeholder (%p). Adding %p to the format string will make the Monitor print the VSP name (i.e. "COM3", "COM4") for which the event was generated.

 

Timestamp placeholder (%t). Adding %t to the format string will make the Monitor print current date and time stamp for each event line (i.e. "12/30/03 14:57:13").

 

Message type placeholder (%m). Adding %m to the format string will make the Monitor print the type of event (i.e. "INFO", "WARNING", "ERROR") for each event line.

 

You can combine the placeholders, for example: "%t- %p (%m):". This will make the Wizard print all events like this:

 

12/30/03 15:06:51 - COM4 (INFO): Port opened

12/30/03 15:06:52 - COM3 (INFO): Port closed

 

Start automatically on Windows logon option, which is enabled by default, starts the monitor application when Windows boots.

 

Write events to file option, when enabled, allows you to choose a file to which the Monitor will save all logged events. The Monitor will create a plain text file that can be viewed using any text editor.

 

Notify on error option, when enabled, allows you to choose what the Monitor should do if any error events are logged. You have two choices:

 

Popup main window. The main window of the Port Monitor will be displayed automatically whenever an error event is registered.

 

Blink system tray icon. The main window will not be opened but the Monitor's icon in the system tray will have a blinking exclamation point.

 

Additionally, you can enable play sound file option and choice the sound that will be generated each time an error event is logged.