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Misc Options dialog

Dialog Box Options

Word separators
  • Any non-alphanumeric character
    Use this option if you want all non-alphanumeric character to be word separators.

  • Any of these characters (use \t for the TAB character)
    Specify custom characters to serve as word separators for both comparison and text navigation. Default separators: SPACE TAB \ / ! . , ; :

  • Ignore word separators embedded in quoted strings during comparison
    If this option is enabled, ExamDiff ignores separators within quoted strings. A quoted string may be enclosed between a pair of single-quotes or double-quotes. Embedded consecutive pairs of same-kind quotes and all other-kind quotes are treated as part of the quoted string. If a quote is unmatched, it is considered to encompass the rest of the line. This option is useful for comparing consistently formatted tabular data such as the output from a Database Management System. Note that separators embedded in quoted strings will only be ignored during comparison, not during word-by-word text navigation, word selection, or search ("Match whole word only").
General
  • Number of recent files/directories
    Maximum number of most recently compared files or directories stored by ExamDiff Pro.

    The Delete comparison/merge history button opens a dialog that allows you to delete the file comparison, directory comparison, and/or file merge history.

  • Number of recent searches
    Maximum number of most recent strings used in Find and Replace dialogs stored by ExamDiff Pro.

  • Change notifications for file and directory comparison
    Disable, automatically re-compare, or notify the user when a file or directory currently in comparison is modified by another application.

    • Do not monitor
      ExamDiff Pro will not monitor file/directory changes.

    • Monitor
      ExamDiff Pro will monitor file/directory changes and give the following visual cues when changes are made:
      • A balloon message will be shown in the appropriate pane. This balloon message can be disabled by going to Options | Misc | Messages.
      • The Re-Compare button will have a small star on it.
      • The name of the changed file/directory will become underlined, and the title tooltip will provide information about when the file/directory was changed relative to the latest comparison time.
      • In directory comparison, all files and subdirectories that were modified will be italicized and have their attributes updated.
      • In directory comparison, diff blocks will change type as appropriate.

    • Ask
      ExamDiff Pro will show a message asking to re-compare files/directories.

    • Auto re-compare
      ExamDiff Pro will automatically re-compare files/directories without asking.
After new compare scroll vertically to
Control initial vertical scroll position after new comparison.
  • First difference
    Scroll to the first found difference (if it exists).

  • Top
    Scroll to the top of compared files/directories.
After re-compare scroll vertically to
Control initial vertical scroll position after re-comparison, swapping files, and setting on/off view filters.
  • Previous position
    Scroll to the previous vertical scroll position (if it still exists).

  • Previous difference
    Scroll to the previous difference (if it still exists).

  • First difference
    Scroll to the first found difference (if it exists).

  • Top
    Scroll to the top of compared files/directories.

  • Cursor in active pane
    Scroll to make cursor in the active pane visible. This option is only valid for file (text and binary) comparison, and may be useful when you turn on and off view filters.
After re-compare scroll horizontally to
Control initial horizontal scroll position after re-comparison, swapping files, and setting on/off view filters.
  • Previous position
    Scroll to the previous horizontal scroll position (if it still exists).

  • Beginning
    Scroll to the beginning of compared files/directories.

  • Cursor in active pane
    Scroll to make cursor in the active pane visible (only valid for file comparison).
Compare Dialog always on top
Force the Compare Dialog box to always be on top.

Use View Filter when diff file is saved
Use this option if you want ExamDiff Pro to use View Filter when diff file is saved or viewed. This will allow you to filter information saved into diff file.

Reuse window pos in launched instance
Use the same window position when comparing files/directories from directory comparison panes.

Default print uses selection (if it exists)
If this option is used, when you select Print toolbar button, or Print Preview command (either from the menu or from the toolbar), ExamDiff Pro will print/preview the current selection (if it exists). Otherwise, the whole contents of file/directory panes will be printed/previewed.

Treat Clipboard buffers as initially modified
When this option is used, and Clipboard contents are selected instead of a file, ExamDiff Pro will prompt to save the file when it's closed.

Use Ignored color in diff blocks
When this option is used, Ignored color will be used to display ignored lines and line fragments that are located in diff blocks (of added, deleted, or changed lines).

Full paths in the title bar
Use this option to show full path in the title bar after comparison. Otherwise, only file/directory names are shown.

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