Customize the starting of the desktop client

You can configure the Windows launch icon Desktop Client, which starts up the desktop client to preload connection choices and perform Dimensions CM commands.

Note: You can configure the desktop client to run a command on startup but not to open up a particular project.

To customize the starting of the desktop client:

  1. Locate the desktop client icon created by the installation process. Normally, it's in the Start menu.

    If the desktop client icon is not in the Start menu:

    1. Right-click the Start button and select Open.

    2. In the Start Menu window, double-click the Programs icon.

    3. In the Programs window, locate the desktop client icon in the Dimensions CM program group.

      Caution: We strongly recommend to create a shortcut for the customized version and modify the shortcut, not the original PCWIN.EXE. Never change the original properties.

  2. Create a shortcut to the desktop client by dragging the desktop client icon on to the Windows desktop.

  3. Right-click the icon and select Properties.

  4. Select the Shortcut tab.

    The Target field includes the path, for example:

    C:\Program Files\Micro Focus\Dimensions <version>\CM\prog\pcwin.exe

    The actual path depends on the DM_ROOT choice you made during installation.

  5. Edit the Target field to customize how the desktop client is launched. You can edit the Target field to specify:

    • Connections to specific hosts and/or Dimensions CM databases.

    • Commands to be performed once a connection has been made.

    • SHOW_DIRS accesses the project/stream directories display at startup, for example:

      DM_ROOT\PROG\PCWIN.EXE SHOW_DIRS

    • ClearWindowData

      Remove client persistency data from the Registry, so resetting to defaults.

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