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ITSBITS Catapult Garage Software
Getting Started

NOTICE:
ITSBITS Catapult Garage Software Getting Started The first time you start the software, you'll see a warning screen telling you the system is "Unable to open your data file in folder..... If this is the first time you've run Catapult, click the OK button. Otherwise, click the cancel button and try to find out what has happened to your data." Don't panic. This is a normal occurance when you first start the program and it results from the fact that you have no configuration data in the computer yet. Just click the "Cancel" button and continue.

Next, and for the same reason, you'll be told that your "Main configuration file not found--installation not correct."

The Bare Minimums

There are a few bare minimum configuration items in this section you need to take care of before you can successfully use your ITSBITS Catapult Garage software and those are linked as follows:

  1. Configure Your Temporary Work Folder -- you MUST specify a temp work folder or the software can't work.
  2. Browser Paths Configuration
  3. -- used for numerous purposes
  4. Configure Your Sharing Folder Path
  5. (if you intend to share data with another user's computer)
  6. Backup Configurations -- if you don't do this one, well...
  7. Configure A Workshop -- you'll miss a large part of the power the software offers you if you don't learn how to do this one--and it's easy.

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Configure Your Temporary Work Folder

On the opening screen or "WELCOME" tab, go to the "VIEW" menu, then select the option to "Configure your Temporary Work-directory." When this configuration option is selected, you will see an image something like the one shown here:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Configure Temporary Work Folder

As you might expect from reading the button captions, you can actually paste (from the system clipboard) a folder path. A bit of help is available, and you can cancel the activity. More importantly at this stage, you can browse your file system to determine a folder path that you want to use. Please notice that you MUST have permission/rights to write to files stored in the path you indicate. If you are uncertain about whether you have such permissions on the path you have selected, you may use the "TEST" button to check it.

When you use the "TEST" button, a small temporary file will be created and written in the indicated folder. If this fails, you will be so notified. If it works, you're good to go.

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Configure Your Sharing Folder Path

When this configuration option is selected, you will be presented with a screen like this:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Configure Sharing Folder Path

If you want to place a copy of your data into a shared folder on your network, you can do so by using this option. you can actually paste (from the system clipboard) a folder path. A bit of help is available, and you can cancel the activity. More importantly at this stage, you can browse your file system to determine a folder path that you want to use. Please notice that you MUST have permission/rights to write to files stored in the path you indicate. If you are uncertain about whether you have such permissions on the path you have selected, you may use the "TEST" button to check it.

When you use the "TEST" button, a small temporary file will be created and written in the indicated folder. If this fails, you will be so notified. If it works, you're good to go.

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Browser (Paths) Configuration

When this configuration option is selected, you will be presented with subordinate options. This will look something like this:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Configure Browser Paths

As you can see, you can designate the path to your Microsoft Internet Explorer® program file and, if there's another browser you prefer, you can designate the path to your favorite browser. Selection of the former results in a screen like this:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Configure Browser Paths

The default path for your Internet Explorer will, hopefully, be shown in the text box (as shown in the image here.) If the correct path for the file on your computer is not shown in the text box, you may browse to find the file, which is typically stored in a folder just under your root directory (usually C:) named "\program files\internet explorer\" and is, itself, named "IExplore.exe."

Once you've found the .exe you want, simply click the "OK" button. Notice that you can also paste the needed file path into the text box, you can get a bit of a help message, and you can, of course, cancel the activity.

You will find that configuration of another browser is exactly as described above for the Internet Explorer program, except, of course, for the program file and its usual folder. Just to help, a few of the normal paths and file names are shown here:

Mozilla FireFox   c:\program files (x86)\Mozilla FireFox\FireFox.exe
Apple Safari   c:\program files (x86)\Safari\Safari.exe
Chrome   C:\USERS\user-name-here\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\APPLICATION\CHROME.EXE

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Configure Main Configuration-file Path

USE OF THIS OPTION IS NOT RECOMMENDED. ONLY ADVANCED USERS SHOULD MAKE CHANGES HERE.

When the configuration option for "Utility Functions" is selected, you will be presented with subordinate options. This will look something like this:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Configure Main .cfg path

Upon selection of the option for "Main Configuration folder path," you will be presented with a screen like this:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Configure Main .cfg path option

As you might expect from reading the button captions, you can actually paste (from the system clipboard) a folder path. A bit of help is available, and you can cancel the activity. More importantly at this stage, you can browse your file system to determine a folder path that you want to use. Please notice that you MUST have permission/rights to write to files stored in the path you indicate. If you are uncertain about whether you have such permissions on the path you have selected, you may use the "TEST" button to check it.

When you use the "TEST" button, a small temporary file will be created and written in the indicated folder. If this fails, you will be so notified. If it works, you're good to go.

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Backup Configurations

First, let us say that WE RECOMMEND YOU USE THIS OPTION AT LEAST ONCE PER WEEK. It takes only seconds to execute and can be a life saver.

When this option is used, Catapult Garage will make a backup of all your configuration files. The backup copies will be saved under the same folder where your main configuration file is stored. You can see this path using the first option on the Welcome screen's View/Cfg menu. A folder will be there named BackupConfigurations and the copies will be stored there. Your Contacts configuration files will NOT be included in this backup.

When the option is selected, there will be a few seconds delay and then you will be notified that the backup is complete. That's it, so do it on a regular basis, please.

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Restore One Configuration

Assuming you have prudently used the Backup Configurations menu option (see the previous paragraph) as recommended and one of your configuration files somehow becomes corrupt, you can use this option to restore the one configuration file that is damaged. When the option is selected, you will see a screen like this:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage option to Restore One Configuration

Simply enter the name of the workshop in the text box provided, the "OK" button will show up. When you're finished, click the "OK" button to complete the restore operation. Catapult will need to be restarted after this is completed...that's it.

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Restore All Configurations

This option should never be needed unless someone messes with your data, but it's here just in case. Use of this option is completely contingent upon whether you have used the Backup Configurations menu option (see the previous paragraph) as recommended: if you have used that option, just select this option and wait a few seconds. Then restart the Catapult Garage software.

If you've been using the options to write your data to a different backup hard drive, that is also available to you in the event of disaster. That option is far more likely to be the one you need at this time.

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Hold Configurations As

First, let's say what it's for. Suppose you work with a notebook at home a lot, but you also take the notebook to your company's offices where you tie into their network and use site-specific software that's not even on your computer. Here we can "Hold" two sets of configurations. We'll call one "Home" and the other "Office." So, let's use this scenario to describe how you can use this option to your advantage.

Let's assume that we're using the notebook at home, and we're ready to shut down for the night...to get a little badly needed sleep, perhaps. Begin by using the "Hold Configurations As" menu option on the Welcome Screen's View/Cfg, Utility Functions, menu. This will present you with a window like this:

ITSBITS CATAPULT Garage Hold Configuration As menu option

Using our example, type the word "Home" into the text box on the screen, then click the "OK" button. You'll be notified that your configurations are saved. Now let's assume you take the notebook to work the next day and you build a number of configurations that are useful at the office, but not at home. Just before you shut down your computer at work, you again click the option to "Hold Configurations As" but this time you type in the name "Office." Now you have two different sets of configuration files available to you.

Now go to the next paragraph where we'll talk about how to "Use Configurations Held As" --in our example they're held as "Home" and as "Office."

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Use Configurations Held As

You may want to see the previous paragraph where our example usage is explained--not to mention that you have to have used the option to hold configuration files before you can use this option.

Select the Welcome Screen's View/Cfg menu option, then select "Utility Functions" and, finally, select the option to "Use Configurations Held As." This will present you with a screen that looks something like this:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage option to Use Configurations Held As

Now you must enter the name you used to hold the configurations. To continue with our example, let's assume we've gotten home, so we'll just type "Home" into the text box on this window. Next, notice that we have two options: we can use all or only one of our held configurations. To restore all the configurations to the held set, check the check-box on the window. To restore only one of the held configurations, don't check it and you'll be asked which configuration to restore: just enter its name in the text box that shows up. Click the "OK" button -- it will be visible once you type in the name that's to be used and hit the "TAB" key to move forward. If you didn't check to restore all the configurations, you'll be asked to name the one you want to restore--just enter the name of the workshop you want to restore and click OK.

To continue our example, at this point your Catapult Garage software will now be using the configurations you used on the previous evening before you went to bed. When you get to the office tomorrow, you'll do this same "Use..." option but enter "Office" as the name of the held configuration to use.

Do remember that if you make changes to your configurations, you need to use the Hold option again before you shut down for the evening. The same will, of course, be true at the office...changes mean you need to use the Hold option again there before shutting down to go home.

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Migrate Configurations

Occasionally, it becomes necessary to migrate your software to a new computer. One of the main problems tends to be the migration not of the software, but of the data used by the software. This option is designed to help alleviate the pain, but it cannot do away with all of the pain--just some of it--so long as the old computer can "talk" to the new computer across your network.

Begin on your new computer. Logon as yourself and install the latest version of ITSBITS Catapult Garage software. Next, use the Windows® Explorer to find the path to the APPData folder, usually this is found under c:Users:\Your-Logon-Name. Notice that Your-Logon-Name may carry the suffix ".Your-Network-Local-Name" if you are on a corporate or home network. Now, still using the Windows® Explorer, move to the "Roaming" folder and create a folder named "ITSBITS" that you'll use. Open that folder and create a new folder named "Catapult" and a new folder named "Contacts." Scribble these two paths on a piece of scratch paper so you'll be able to remember it in subsequent steps.

Now move to your old computer. Since you're going to be moving and generally messing with your data, you need to first use the option to Backup Configurations. How to do this is discussed in a paragraph above, but you know that already because you've followed our recommendations and used this option at least once a week...right?

Continuing to work on the old computer, open Windows® Explorer and navigate to your APPData/Roaming/ITSBITS/ folder (on the old machine.) Now open a second occurrence of the Windows® Explorer and navigate to your APPData/Roaming/ITSBITS/ folder on the new computer. Now drag and drop all sub-folders from the old machine to the new machine.

Move to the new computer. To activate the migration option, look under the Welcome/Start page's View/Cfg menu and click "Utility Functions." Then click on the option to "Migrate Configurations." You'll first be warned to do the backup just mentioned. Click on the "OK" button to continue (or the Cancel button to cancel this activity.) After you click the "OK" button, you'll see a window something like this:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage option to Migrate Configurations

The system will attempt to fill in the uppermost text box with the data path, but if it cannot do so, you may need to type it into the text box yourself. The second text box should now be filled in with the data path used on your old computer. Notice that it may not have changed--if the two text boxes are EXACTLY alike, just cancel out...you're done and ready to go. If it did change, you need to enter the data path that was used on your old computer. Click the button to "Use path above as change-to path." Notice that this causes the bottom-most text box to get the same entry as the top-most text box. At this point, click on the "OK" button to change to the new path in all your Catapult configuration files. That completes the Catapult migration.

NOTE that the Contacts migration will require you to fill in the new data path manually if the system does not already know it. You should open the "Contacts" tool and check to see if it does have the new machine's data path. If it does not and you have to enter it manually, remember to use "Contacts" in place of "Catapult" as part of the data path.

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Change A String In Configurations

You may at some point in time want to change a string in all your configuration files. This option will allow you to do this, even in the encrypted files Catapult often uses.

Since you're going to be moving and generally messing with your data, you need to first use the option to Backup Configurations. How to do this is discussed in a paragraph above, but you know that already because you've followed our recommendations and used this option at least once a week...right?

To activate the Change-A-String option, look under the Welcome/Start page's View/Cfg menu and click "Utility Functions." Then click on the option to "Change A String in Configurations." You'll first be warned to do the backup just mentioned. Click on the "OK" button to continue (or the Cancel button to cancel this activity.) After you click the "OK" button, you'll see a window something like this:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage option to Change A String In Configurations

Notice that two entries are required. First is the string to change from. Second is the string to change to. Either of these can be pasted into their respective text boxes if you have them on the system clipboard. Additionally, the Catapult data folder can be used as the change-to string if that is needed--just click the appropriately-labeled button. When ready, click the "OK" button to process.

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Configure A Workshop

  1. Begin by naming your first Workshop. On the opening screen or "WELCOME" tab, go to the "View/Cfg" menu and select the option to "Toggle Configuration Mode ON."

    Toggle Configuration Mode -- Use this menu option to toggle configuration mode on or off. Be sure you're on the "WELCOME" tab when you use this menu option. When you toggle configuration mode on, a string of buttons will appear. Buttons that have already been assigned as workshops will show the workshop name. Buttons not yet assigned to a workshop will be labeled as "Configure Workshop" and these can be used to add a new workshop to your configuration.

    On the screen shot here you'll notice that there are several workshops assigned, starting with "Communications" and ending with "Writing." Notice that these names are general and cover a number of possible software packages. In many cases one or two workshops will be all you need. In others you may need several. You can have up to 19 custom workshops.

    When you click on a "Configure Workshop" button, you'll see a screen like the one at right come up. Enter the name for your new workshop in the textbox on this form. In the future, we'll use the checkbox for ID/password usage, but for now, it is not used, so you need only type in the name of your new workshop and then hit the OK button (green door). You'll notice that you can also cancel or use the poison pill and delete a workshop from the Catapult Garage. ALWAYS do a backup BEFORE you delete a workshop. See the paragraph above for instructions on how to do a backup. Be careful here--if you delete a workshop, you may not be able to get it back.

  2. Click on the "VIEW -- Toggle Configuration Mode" menu option again to turn off configuration.

  3. Click on the "VIEW -- RESET SMALL" option to cut the screen size down temporarily.








  4. Now, you need to enter your new workshop so you can configure it. Click on the new workshop's tab. You'll get an error 6019 telling you "Your configuration file nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.cfg could not be used." Don't be upset by this...it's giving you this message because you haven't configured and built your new workshop yet...just ignore the error message by clicking on the "OK" button. Use the "CONFIGURATION -- TOGGLE CONFIGURATION MODE ON" option to enter configuration mode. Full instructions for configuration of a custom workshop are found in the page entitled "Main Workshop."

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Sort Your Workshops

After you add a few workshops, chances are you'll find it more convenient if you sort them so they are in alphabetical order ranging left to right. To do this, begin by backing up your configurations as described above. Then use the "View/Cfg" menu option on the Start/Welcome page and select the option to "Sort Your Workshops." You'll be warned that you have to restart the Catapult Garage and the software will close. When you restart it, your workshops will be sorted.

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FTP Configuration

For those times when you're out of the office, you may want to use the FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server on your network to transfer HTML, javaScript, .CSS files, etc. to the server. This requires a small set of specialized configuration data. On the Start/Welcome page, under the View/Cfg menu option, select the option for "FTP Configuration." This will present a window something like this:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Welcome Screen FTP Configuration option

As you can see, the first thing you need is the IP (Internet Protocol) address for your server--the one shown here is completely bogus so don't even bother with it. Enter it in the first text box. Next, enter you FTP-server User-ID and User-Password as supplied to you by your system administrator. Finally, enter the name for your HTML files' directory on the server and the name for your image files' directory in the two lower text boxes. When you're finished, click the "OK" button to save your configuration changes.

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Contacts One Time Logon

If your computer will be used only in an environment where you feel it is completely secure, you may want to use a one-time logon ID and password for your Contacts data. If this is the case, you can use the Start/Welcome page's View/Cfg menu option entitled "Contacts One Time Logon" to enter the ID and password. When you select this option, you will see a screen something like this:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage One Time Logon Configuration for Contacts Data Access via Contacts Tool

You need only type in your user-ID--8 to 12 characters in length, using characters A-Z, a-z, 0-9, and "!" or "-"; and you user-Password, using the same characters and lengths. Then click the "OK" button to finish.

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Email Server On This LAN

If there is a Microsoft® Exchange Server present on your LAN, you can use it to great advantage for sending automated as well as manual email messages. However, you must, of course, configure your ITSBITS Catapult Garage software before you can use the email server. To do this, use the Start/Welcome page's "View/Cfg" menu option and click on the option for "Email Server On This LAN." You will see a screen similar to this:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Email On This LAN Server Configuration

As you can guess, you'll need to enter your email address (for return emails) on the Exchange Server. Next you have the option to enter your email server's IP address or its name. After you 've entered this data, we recommend that you click the button send yourself a test email--just to be sure everything works like you expect it to. When you do this, your IP address--if that's what you entered--will be "converted" to your server's name and that will be used for all future emails...you'll see it change on the window, but don't worry about it.

What you really want to see is a message that your email was successfully sent. Then you can go to your InBox where you should, within 30 minutes, see an email from yourself entitled, "TESTING: Contacts Setup, Exchange config." If all worked properly, you will also see an email from the System Administrator entitled, "Delivered: TESTING: Contacts Setup, Exchange config." If you don't see these two emails, you need to talk to your Network and/or Exchange Server administrator and ask for assistance.

Once you've finished with this window, click the "OK" button to save your configuration information.

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Email Signatures

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Email Signatures Configuration If you have a Microsoft ® Exchange Server on your LAN and you're configured to use it, you can configure four different signature types that you can then use very quickly from within the Catapult Tools that do email: business, home, familiar form, and first-name only. All of these will look and work alike, but, of course, you'll want to use them for different email recipients and purposes. Select one of them and you'll see a screen something like the one just below:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Email First Name (First-Name) Signature Configuration

Notice that you may include any valid HTML command in the email signature you're going to use. You can paste the signature in from the system clipboard. You won't see the "OK" button until you've entered the signature, so don't let that throw you off.














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Legal Warnings for Email

If you have a Microsoft ® Exchange Server on your LAN and you're configured to use it, you can configure a legal warning that you'll use (over and over) on the bottom of email messages you send out. Normally, this message will be used to advise of ownership of trademark, copyright, or other such intellectual properties; but you can use it to add any other such information you wish.

Use the View/Cfg option on the ITSBITS Catapult Garage Start/Welcome page, select the option for Legal Warnings for Email. This will present a screen something like the one shown below:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Email Legal Warning Configuration

Note that you can use any valid HTML commands to augment your legal warning entry. (Note that under your license agreement for this software, you are fully responsible for the legal and proprietary-information warnings you use and if you screw it up, it's on you--not the software provider who gave you the free software in the first place.) When you've finished, simply click the "OK" button that appeared when you tabbed off the large text box.

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Proprietary Information Warning (for Email)

If you have a Microsoft ® Exchange Server on your LAN and you're configured to use it, you can configure a standard proprietary information warning that you'll use (over and over) on the bottom of email messages you send out. Normally, this message will be used to advise that the information included in the email is private, proprietary information intended only for the person to whom the email is addressed, and to ask that if it has been received in error it be deleted and the error reported. In some situations--check your industry experts, you may need to reference city, county, state, or federal statutes associated with your business. (Note that under your license agreement for this software, you are fully responsible for the legal and proprietary-information warnings you use and if you screw it up, it's on you--not the software provider who gave you the free software in the first place.) While this is the main purpose of this option, you can use it to add any other such information you wish.

Use the View/Cfg option on the ITSBITS Catapult Garage Start/Welcome page, select the option for Legal Warnings for Email. This will present a screen something like the one shown below:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Email Legal Warning Configuration

Note that you can use any valid HTML commands to augment your legal warning entry. When you've finished, simply click the "OK" button that appeared when you tabbed off the large text box.

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Phone Dialing Configuration

There are numerous points in the ITSBITS Catapult Garage software where you can tell the software to dial a phone number for you using the modem attached to (or built into) your computer. There are two configuration items associated with this.

  1. Outside Line Code -- if your PBX/phone system needs a special digit dialed before the phone number to tell it to use an outside phone line, you need to configure that here. If not, simply omit this configuration step entirely.
  2. Calling-card code -- If your company uses a Calling Card to do its accounting on long-distance, it has a 4, 6, 8, or 12 digit calling-card code that you dial before you dial the actual telephone number you want to call. This is quite a pain--especially if you add an outside line code prefix digit-- if you're doing a number of long distance calls, so just configure the code and let Catapult dial it over and over again for you.

Either phone-dialing configuration is reached from the View/Cfg menu on the Start/Welcome screen and they work exactly alike. They'll both present you with a window something like the one shown below:

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Email Legal Warning Configuration

You should be very familiar with this type of screen by now, so just enter the code you're configuring and hit the Tab button to bring the "OK" button into view. Click the "OK" button to save your configuration.

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Write Data Path To USB Drive

We've found that when you're setting up sharing between two computers, it's easy to mis-remember or just plain forget what path you want the other person to put in as their sharing path...that would be your network-version of your data path. Yes, it's different than what will go onto your USB drive, but the change should be fairly easy. Remember that you'll use the format:

\\YOUR-MACHINE-NAME\YOUR-SHARED-FOLDER-NAME

to replace your drive ID--usually that will be "C:" You'll have to give the other user full permission (sharing) on the folder where your Catapult data is stored, too.

Begin by plugging the USB drive into your computer. Then use the View/Cfg Menu on the Start/Welcome screen of the ITSBITS Catapult Garage software. When the option is used, you'll be asked to identify where your USB drive using a standard Windows® folder-search dialog. Navigate to the USB drive, then click the "OK" button. You'll be notified that the file was written and what its name is. Be sure to note the name of the file so you can find it when you get to the other user's computer. That's it...you're done here.

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Read Raw Data Path From USB Drive

This option is used when setting up another user's computer to share your data. You must have used the option to write the data path to a USB drive as described above. You must now be at the other user's computer to use this option.

Plug the USB drive into the computer and bring up the ITSBITS Catapult Garage software if it's not already running. Click on the "View/Cfg" menu on the Start/Welcome page, then click on the option to "Read Raw Data Path From USB Drive." This will present you with a standard Windows® dialog asking you to identify the USB-held file you created on your machine earlier (see above). Once you do this, you will be shown the data path found on the USB drive and asked whether to use it or not. Simply click the "Yes" button and you'll be told that the sharing path has been changed to your raw data path as it appears on your own computer.

Now use the option to configure your sharing path (on the other user's computer) and change the drive (on your machine) --usually "c:" to

\\YOUR-MACHINE-NAME\YOUR-SHARED-FOLDER-NAME

Before you leave the option to configure the sharing path, use the ALT+C key to place a copy of the new sharing path on your system clipboard. Finally, check that the sharing path is now changed on the options and workshops (except for Contacts) where you want to use sharing. If it's not changed on any of them, you can simply use ALT+V to paste the new share path into their change options.

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