Q MicroStation, like many applications, has options that you can apply as you start up. Those options are set by command-line switches. As some people have found, those options or switches are hard to find in MicroStation's documentation …
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In general, you can apply startup options, also known as command-line switches,
to a Windows application by appending the switch with a forward-slash (
/) or hyphen (
For example, suppose you use the latest Windows Gizmo implemented by an executable
gizmo.exe and you want to start gizmo with the Magic switch
You would start Gizmo like this …
A user-friendly application lets you use either prefix, so you shouldn't have to worry.
But not all applications are that user-friendly.
A really user-friendly application lets you find out the options by having a help or query option.
Usually this is either a help switch (i.e.
/h) or, succinctly, a question mark (i.e.
For example, suppose you want to find Gizmo's command options. You would ask Gizmo like this …
Gizmo responds with a list of its options …
Gizmo options ... -m Magic -b Bizarre -h or -? Help - list options
MicroStation is no different to other Windows applications:
it has a number of startup options.
Just like Gizmo, you specify the options using a forward-slash (
/) or hyphen (
And, just like Gizmo, it has a help switch.
Now you don't need the documentation: it's right there waiting for you.
Simply open a Windows command prompt, change to the MicroStation folder and type …
|MicroStation Version||CONNECT||V8 and earlier|
|Windows Key-In|| || |
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