General options

Library configuration & administration

The General tab provides access to the general library settings.

General Tab OP

Prompt for Unsaved Changes

When a topic or book is closed Author does not automatically save the changes, and any work that was not saved will be lost. However, when the Prompt for Unsaved Changes option is selected, Author prompts you to confirm whether you want to save any changes that have been made before closing, or continue by closing the object without saving the changes.

Best practice is to use the save options before closing an object, but also ensure this option is selected.

Automatically Open Last Library

When you select this option, Author opens the last library that was used. If the option is not selected, Author displays the Open/Create Library window listing the libraries you have recently opened. You must also have the Automatically log in to library option selected for this option to work.

Automatically Login to Library

When this option is selected Author attempts to automatically log in to the library you are opening using the last User ID and Password. If the login is not successful then the Login window is displayed. When the option is not selected Author displays the Login window.

Autosave Objects

This option allows you to specify how often, in minutes, Author will save all open objects. Select the options and then set the number of minutes. When this option is not selected the autosave feature is disabled.

Measurements Units

This option lets you specify the measurement used by the ruler in the Editor.

You can choose from:

  • Inches
  • Centimeters
  • Millimeters
  • Points
  • Picas

Paste Pictures, Save As

When you copy a graphic to the clipboard and paste it directly into a File object, Author uses this setting to determine the format used as the graphic is embedded.

Note: The default for this option is PNG.

Choose from:

  • Graphics Interchange Format (*.gif)
  • Windows Bitmap (*.bmp)
  • Portable Network Graphics (*.png)
  • JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg, *.jpeg)
  • Windows Metafile (*.wmf)

Items shown in the recently used library

This option can be altered to increase or decrease the number of items shown in the Recently Used Libraries list.