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Step 1: Starting PowerTerm

Double-click on the PowerTerm icon in the Ericom PowerTerm group in the Program Manager. The PowerTerm information window is displayed.

Click the Start button in the Windows 95 desktop.

When PowerTerm is used for the first time, the PowerTerm window is automatically displayed together with the Connect dialog box. After the connection parameters have been defined, the Connect dialog box is no longer automatically displayed when you open PowerTerm. See defining connection parameters.

 

Starting PowerTerm using a Setup File

PowerTerm can be started using a default or customized setup file. A default setup file is used to connect to a single host, and a customized setup file for different terminal emulations. A setup file contains both communication session parameters and terminal setup parameters.

The setup file is in text format and can be edited using a text editor.

Starting PowerTerm with the Default Setup File

The PowerTerm default setup file is called PTDEF.PTS. When you open PowerTerm, it automatically uses this file to start the system.

Auto Connect

B>Setup option from the Terminal menu. The Terminal Setup dialog box is displayed. Click the Preferences tab and select the Auto Connect option.

For more information about this option, see the Preferences Properties Page.

Starting PowerTerm with a Customized Setup File

PowerTerm enables you to run a customized setup file from startup by using a command or creating a Windows shortcut. This accesses PowerTerm and the specific setup file. You can use this option to start PowerTerm with predefined communication and terminal setup parameters for a specific host.

Before you create a shortcut to a setup file, you need to first create and save the setup file in PowerTerm. For details about how to create and save a setup file, see Steps 3 to 5 in this chapter.

You can also select and open a terminal setup file during a PowerTerm session. For more information, see Step 6: Connecting to a Host.

The following procedure describes one way to create a shortcut. Consult your Windows 3.x documentation for a description of other available options.

Click the PowerTerm icon in the PowerTerm group.

From the File menu in Program Manager, select the Properties option. The following dialog box is displayed:

In the Command Line area, position your cursor after the .exe file name, type a space and then type the name of the required setup (.PTS) file.

Click OK. The PowerTerm window is displayed, using the parameters defined in the specified setup file.

If you are starting PowerTerm for the first time, the Connect dialog box is displayed.

The following procedure describes one way to create a shortcut. Consult your Windows 95 documentation for a description of other available options.

Right-click the Start button on your Windows 95 desktop.

Click the Open menu option. The Start Menu window is displayed:

Select Programs from the Start Menu window. The Programs window is displayed:

Double-click the Ericom PowerTerm icon. The Ericom PowerTerm window is displayed. Right-click the PowerTerm icon.

Select Properties from the popup menu. The PowerTerm Properties window is displayed. Select the Shortcut tab.

In the Target area, position your cursor after the .exe file name, type a space and then type the name of the required setup (.PTS) file.

PowerTerm recognizes Windows 95 file naming conventions, including spaces in a file name. If you have a setup file with a space in the name, for example Setup 1.PTS, PowerTerm ignores the space and looks directly for the .PTS extension.

Click OK. The PowerTerm window is displayed, using the parameters defined in the specified setup file.

If you are starting PowerTerm for the first time, the Connect dialog box is displayed.

If you have previously created an icon for your PowerTerm settings, you can start a session automatically by clicking on the icon from the Start/Programs menu. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File .

Using a Setup File during a PowerTerm Session

You can also open a terminal setup file (.PTS) during a PowerTerm session to run a session using predefined terminal setup and communication parameters. PowerTerm provides two options to open a setup file:

Starting PowerTerm using a Script

You can also launch PowerTerm and run a script immediately on launching. Scripts are created with Power Script Language (PSL) and enable you to automate tasks. For example, you can use a script to automatically connect to a specific host. For more information, see the section Running a Script upon Startup, in Chapter 5: Scripts.

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