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POINTER Preferences Editor
Purpose: To change the appearance of the mouse pointer.
Format: POINTER [<filename>] [EDIT | USE | SAVE] [PUBSCREEN <public screen name>] [SCREEN] [SHOWHINTS YES | NO] [CREATEICONS YES | NO] [LEFT <coord> | LEFT | CENTER | MOUSE | AUTO] [TOP <coord> | TOP | CENTER | MOUSE | AUTO] [WIDTH <size> | MAXSIZE | MINSIZE | AUTO] [HEIGHT <size> | MAXSIZE | MINSIZE | AUTO] [FONTNAME <font name>] [FONTSIZE <font size>] [CLIPUNIT <clipunit>] [NOREMAP] [COLORMODEL=<model>] [BUTTONFILE=<button file>]
Template: FROM, EDIT/S, USE/S, SAVE/S, PUBSCREEN/K, SCREEN/S, SHOWHINTS/K, CREATEICONS/K, LEFT/K, TOP/K, WIDTH/K, HEIGHT/K, FONTNAME/K, FONTSIZE/K/N, CLIPUNIT/K/N, NOREMAP/S, COLORMODEL/K, BUTTONFILE/K
Path: SYS:Prefs/Pointer
POINTER changes the appearance of the mouse pointer as used on the Workbench.

POINTER without any arguments or with the EDIT argument opens the POINTER Preferences editor.

The FROM argument <filename> enables you to specify a file to open. This must be a file that was previously saved with the 'Save As' menu item of the POINTER Preferences editor. For example, if you have previously saved a special configuration of the POINTER Preferences editor to a file in the Presets drawer, you can use the FROM argument to open that file.

If the USE switch is also given, the POINTER Preferences editor will not be opened, but the settings in the FROM file will be used.

If the SAVE switch is given, the POINTER Preferences editor will not open, but the settings in the FROM file will be saved.

The PUBSCREEN option can be used to specify a <public screen name> where the POINTER Preferences editor should open.

The SCREEN option can be used to force the POINTER Preferences editor to open in full-screen mode.

The SHOWHINTS YES option will display usage hints when the cursor is positioned over any field on the screen. SHOWHINTS NO suppresses this information.

If CREATEICONS YES is specified, an icon will be created for the saved file, otherwise no icon will be created.

The LEFT, TOP, WIDTH and HEIGHT options can be used to customise where the POINTER Preferences editor window should appear on the screen and the size of the window.

The FONTNAME and FONTSIZE options can be used to specify the font and font size to be used in the POINTER Preferences editor window.

The CLIPUNIT <clipunit> option enables you to specify the clipboard.device unit number to use. Specify any unit from 0 to 255. The default number is 0. It is recommended that this option be used only by advanced users or programmers who wish to use different units for different data, such as one for text and another for graphics.

The NOREMAP option turns off color mapping so that the system displays picture files using the colors with which they were saved.

The COLORMODEL RGB option specifies that the colour controls should use Red/Green/Blue sliders; this is the default. The COLORMODEL HSB option specifies that the colour controls should use Hue/Saturation/Brightness sliders.

Instructions for using the POINTER Preferences editor can be found here.

Example 1:

3.OS4:> POINTER will open the POINTER Preferences window.

Example 2:

3.OS4:> POINTER SHOWHINTS COLORMODEL=HSB will open the POINTER Preferences window, using hint text explaining what each field is used for, and the color sliders will use Hue, Saturation and Brightness values.

Example 3:

3.OS4:> POINTER Xyz USE will not open the POINTER Preferences window, but will use the saved POINTER settings from Xyz in SYS:Prefs/Presets.


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Revised: February 9, 2006.