Settings Editor

The settings editor is a single dialog that allows you to edit all of the settings associated with your current MUD character. zMUD settings are defined as objects that can be assigned to a class. Options that can only have single values are called Preferences and are modified in the Preferences dialog.

Settings consist of objects such as aliases, triggers, macros, buttons, etc. Each object is assigned to a class folder (or to the default class of <none>). Classes of objects can be enabled or disabled with the #T+ and #T- commands. You can display a list of classes and their current state (on or off) using the #CLASS command. Classes work for settings like folders (subdirectories) work for files. You can also have one class folder within another class folder. Use class folders to organize your settings into common categories.


The Settings Editor consists of a toolbar across the top with buttons for displaying certain setting types (like Aliases, Triggers, etc). Only the most common setting types are shown. You can access *all* of the settings types using the Show menu. For example, to display Buttons, you must select Buttons from the Show menu. To display more than one kind of setting at a time, hold down the Shift or Ctrl button on the keyboard as you click the toolbar button or as you select the menu item from the Show menu.

Click the hotspot on the left edge of the settings list to display or hide the Class Tree view. This shows the hierarchy of your class folders. Double-clicking a folder in this tree view will display the settings within the class on the right. A single class folder can contain multiple object types. For example, the Automapper class can also contain aliases, or macros, etc.

To edit one of your settings, select the specific setting you want to edit from the lower-left list by clicking on it, then click the Edit button. Or, just double-click the setting. The details of the setting will be shown in the Editor window. The information that you can edit is different depending upon the object type. For example, selecting a macro will allow you to change the macro properties, selecting a trigger allows you to change the trigger properties, etc. You can dock the Editor window to the bottom or right side of the settings display if you always want it open.

For information on specific properties, select the type of object you are editing:

Speed Menu
Tab completion
Status bars

To delete a specific setting, select it in the list, then select Delete from the Edit menu. Or, right-click on the setting and select Delete from the popup menu..

To create a new setting, click the New button. A new, blank object or the same type as the last setting displayed will be created. Fill in the values of the properties for the new object, then click Save to save the new object. Click cancel to discard the new object. If you know what type of setting you want to create, click the drop-down arrow to the right of the New button and select the object type from the list.

By default, the settings stored in memory for your current MUD character are shown. You can also display settings stored in a different file using the File/Open command. When more than one setting window is displayed, you can drag and drop items between the windows to copy settings to different files. To save your changes, select Save from the File menu.

The settings shown in the list are normally displayed in alphabetical order. To display the settings in the order that zMUD loads them, go to the Sort command in the View menu and select None. The unordered list shows the settings in the order they are loaded into zMUD. For triggers, this is the order in which triggers are searched. You can change this order using the Move Up and Move Down buttons that are displayed on the toolbar when it is unordered. Or, when Sort is set to None, you can drag and drop items in the list to change their order. The order of items is most useful for Buttons, Menu items, and Triggers.

Sometimes, if a setting is changed from outside the settings editor while the editor is being displayed, the Refresh button on the toolbar will turn yellow. This indicates that there is a change pending. Click this button to refresh the settings display to reflect the true settings. This can happen, for example, if a trigger running in the background changes the value of a variable while you are editing your memory settings.

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