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I store all of my circuit files in a directory called:


When I select the Open File command, the initial path set in the dialog box is:


I then navigate to my circuit directory and load one of my circuits. The next time I enter the Open File dialog box, the initial path has reverted back to the DATA directory. Is there a way to set this initial path so that the Open File dialog box will default to my circuit directory?


In Micro-Cap, all of the path information can be accessed by selecting the Paths command under the File menu. In the Path dialog box, there is an Initial Path option that will define the method that Micro-Cap uses to set the initial path in the Open File dialog box. The following three options are available:

Use Defined Path: The initial path in the Open File dialog box will be set to the path defined in the appropriate path field within this dialog box. For circuit files, the Data field will be used. If multiple paths are listed in the field, the first path will be chosen.

Use Last Path: The initial path in the Open File dialog box will be set to the last path from which a similar file was opened. Data file, library file, and graphic file types will all have their own last path stored.

Use Current Path: The initial path in the Open File dialog box will be set to the same path as the currently active file in Micro-Cap. The currently active file is the file that is enabled under the Windows menu or whose window has been selected.

There are two methods for setting the initial path to your C:\MINE directory. The first is to enter the path into the Data field in this dialog box. Either overwrite the current path or place it in front of the current path. If multiple paths are defined in the field, they will need to be separated with a semi-colon. Then make sure that the Initial Path option is set to Use Defined Path. As long as the C:\MINE path is the first (or only) path in the Data field, every time the Open File dialog box is invoked, the C:\MINE directory will come up as the default path. This procedure is best if all of the circuit files will be stored in a single directory.

The second method is to set the Initial Path option to Use Last Path. When the Open File dialog box is invoked, the default path for opening a circuit file will be the last path that a circuit file was loaded from. If the circuit files are always loaded from the MINE directory, then the default path will consistently be C:\MINE. This procedure is best if circuit files are stored in different project directories rather than just a single directory as there would be no need to continually update the Data field in the Paths dialog box each time a new project is started.






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