General

The General tab of the User Preferences window contains items that do not apply to particular CDM+ programs. However, they offer a large number of choices that allow you to customize CDM+ and your workspace for maximum efficiency and ease of use.

 

Toolbars

In addition to accessing the CDM+ programs through the menus, you can choose to display toolbars. The Toolbars preference allows you to select which (if any) toolbars appear when you have CDM+ open. This is particularly useful if  you use primarily one CDM+ program, such as Membership. It is impractical to display all available CDM+ toolbars.

The Program toolbar will be marked to display at the top by default. To choose to show other toolbars, check them in the Toolbar list on the left. Specify the location for the toolbar on the right side of the window.

Toolbars can be set to display on any of the four edges of your monitor screen or they can be set to be a floating toolbar or palette, which can be re-sized and repositioned anywhere on your desktop. You may choose to include text descriptions of the toolbar buttons, if you desire.

For more detailed information about toolbar preferences, click here.

User E-mail

All users of CDM+ should click the User E-mail icon on the General tab and enter his or her individual work email information: his or her name as he or she wishes it to appear on sent emails and his or her email address. SMTP setup (necessary to send email from within CDM+) is done on the CDM+ System Preferences window.

You also have the option to specify here to use an external email client (Outlook, Mail, Gmail, etc.) when sending single e-mails.

Menus

If you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts to open menu items, you can define them here. You also have the option to make these shortcut key settings apply for all users of CDM+ by clicking the checkbox above the list.

 

Defaults

This pane of the General user preferences is split into two sections. In the top section, you set how you want CDM+ to behave when you start the program. The lower section applies to reports throughout CDM+. You can set the default paper size and font/font size for reports. These settings can be easily changed for a report from the report set up window.

 

MapQuest 

The MapQuest® pane of the General Preferences window contain options related to the MapQuest link that is found on most CDM+ record windows that contain an address.

 

Web Update 

CDM+ includes a robust Web update utility to help ensure that you are always running the latest release of the CDM+ version you are currently running. This option requires an active Internet connection. You also need permission to update the CDM+ program from your system administrator in order to check for updates.

We recommend that a check for program updates be made at least once a week and that you install any updates that are available to you. There are two ways of checking for updates.

1) Select Update under the File menu or click on the Update icon in the toolbar. If you do not have permission to update CDM+, this option will be grayed out. In this case you should contact your system administrator.

2) Set CDM+ to automatically check the Web for updates when you log into the program. To enable this option, open Preferences>CDM+ User, select the Web Update icon on the General tab, and check the option to “Check for program updates at startup.” With this option selected, if you have permission to update CDM+, you will be notified that an update is available when you log into CDM+.

NOTE! Upgrades to newer CDM+ version, such as moving from CDM+ 9.1 to CDM+ 9.2, are not generally available through the Web Update feature. An upgrade usually requires you to download and run an installer.

 

Keyboard

On selected data entry windows the numeric (keypad) Enter Key may be set to function as the Tab Key to facilitate easy entry. To activate this function check the box on this pane.

 

Advanced

The settings on the Advanced pane of the User General preferences should be changed ONLY under the direction of a CDM+/Suran Systems, Inc. staff person.