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The Projects/Steps tab of the user options dialog is used to configured settings that apply to projects and Step panes.


Use Properties window when inserting steps and macros: If checked the modeless properties pane will be used for editing properties of new steps and macros.  If unchecked, the modal Properties dialog will be used.


Note: Some properties can only be edited in the step properties dialog, and the dialog will be opened to edit these properties.


Create root step for new projects: If checked, creates a root Group action step when creating a new project.  It can be useful to create a root step that all other steps are children of (for instance, to quickly check or uncheck all steps in a project, simply click the Build checkbox of the root step).


Save expand/collapse state of steps in project file: If checked, the expand/collapse state of all steps will be saved in the project file and used when the project file is reloaded (project files saved with this option enabled will override the following option).


Note: The user will not be prompted to save changes when closing a project or exiting the application when the only change is to the expand/collapse state of steps.  You can manually persist these changes by explicitly saving the project before closing.


Step levels to expand when opening projects: Determines how many levels of child steps to expand when opening a project (the expand/collapse state of steps is not persisted with the project file).


Clicking on step action icon toggles 'Include in Build' flag: Determines if a step's Build flag is toggled when clicking on the step's icon.  If unchecked, clicking on the icon will only select the step (the Build flag can still be toggled by clicking on the Build checkbox or by pressing the Space bar).


Identify and use application icon for Run Program steps: If checked, for Run Program steps whose command has an associated application icon, that icon will be used instead of the generic Run Program action icon.


Use custom icon identifying macro type for Set Macro steps: If checked, for Set Macro steps, the step icon will indicate the type of macro being updated


Note: The previous two settings will not take effect until another project is opened or created or the project is refreshed.


Validate step properties: If checked, required fields on the Step Properties dialog or pane will be validated (requiring a value to be provided) before changes are accepted.


Auto-save project: If a value is entered here, unsaved project changes will be saved at the specified interval.