| Startup switches -
How to make WordPerfect play a macro or set other options each time it
In WordPerfect's Help [F1 key, Index
tab] under "startup switches":
"Startup switches are commands that allow
you to control what happens when WordPerfect starts. Some of these
commands are for your convenience, but others may be necessary to run
WordPerfect on your particular system. For example, you can ensure that
WordPerfect always starts with the same startup switches by setting up
a permanent startup switch."
Here is a list of startup switches. See the
next section below for how
to use them. Be sure to note how and where quote marks are used
in some of the switches.
|| [I.e., a
single colon.] Starts WordPerfect without displaying the startup screen.
the overflow files and temporary buffer files to the specified folder
(for example, wpwin15.exe /d-x:\temp).
[Not included in some early
Reduces the size of the text displayed
on screen to 90% of true WYSIWYG. This can fix some display problems,
such as normal text appearing bolded or words appearing as if they run
[For example:] "C:\Program
Files\Corel\WordPerfect Office X5\Programs\wpwin15.exe" /dm=90
[Most users set this value between 90
and 95 to achieve optimal results. See also the Footnote
below for a Windows setting (ClearType) that might help with display
extension” and "filename"
|| Opens the
specified file from the documents folder that is specified in File
Settings (for example, wpwin15.exe “x:\my documents\my
letters\business.ltr”). You must include quotation marks around the
file extension and filename.
|| Opens the
specified file and moves to the specified bookmark (for example, wpwin15.exe business.ltr/bk-opening).
[Not included in some early versions]
WordPerfect to send text directly to the screen. This startup option
corrects some display problems and may be required for using screen
readers. It also prevents General Protection Faults and Invalid Page
Faults that occur when opening or editing documents in WordPerfect with
a 256-color graphics card driver. However, it may increase screen
| /l-language code
which entry in the Language Resource File (wp.lrs) and which language .dll
WordPerfect uses (for example, wpwin15.exe /l-DK).
Starts the specified macro when
wpwin15.exe /m-"x:\program files\Corel\WordPerfect
[If you need to use the full paths:]
Office X5\Programs\wpwin15.exe" /m-"x:\program files\Corel\WordPerfect
|| Turns off
original document backup option for the current session.
[WordPerfect] table information in the prefix of the document
upon retrieval. [That is, it might fix some problems with tables. See
also here for other document and
template repair techniques.]
[Not included in some early
| Opens a
specified .wpt (WordPerfect template) file for the purpose of
editing the template. (for example,
wpwin15.exe /t-“x:\program files\Corel\WordPerfect
the user initials for use on your network (for example, wpwin15 /u-GRB).
This lets multiple users run WordPerfect on a network, although this
option is not necessary for correct network operation.
| Tip: If you use more than one startup switch, add a space
between each command.
|| [Copyrighted 2010 Corel Corporation.]
How to use them
Are underscores or underlines
disappearing on your screen in WordPerfect -- yet they print? Do the descenders
(i.e., the lower part) on some letters (g, y, q, etc.) appear "cut off"
on screen? What probably is happening is that, in effect, the
underlines and/or descending characters are being placed between the
pixels of the display screen.
Try changing the zoom with View, Zoom or by
rotating your mouse wheel while holding down the <Ctrl> key.
To more permanently solve the problem, you
could also create a new, modified
Windows shortcut to WordPerfect on your desktop containing a
special WordPerfect startup switch.
This method is for WordPerfect 10 and later versions.
Users of earlier versions may be able to simply modify the "Target"
field (not the "Start in" field) of their existing WordPerfect
desktop or Start group shortcut, using a command such as the one in dark red below.
Reason for the new method: If you used the
standard installation for WP10 and later versions, the Microsoft
Installer (MSI) will have created a shortcut in your Start>Programs
group. The Target field in this shortcut will be grayed (greyed) out
and inaccessible in the shortcut's Properties dialog. It is the Target
field (not the "Start in" field) that you need to edit to add startup
switches to WP10+. So don't try to modify the standard WordPerfect
shortcut's Target field. You will need to create a brand new shortcut
that can be modified.
Here's how to do it:
- Right-click on your Windows desktop. From
the context menu that pops up, select New, then Shortcut.
- When prompted to "Type the location of the
item:" copy and the paste the following command, including the
quote marks, into the field (this will become the Target in the
Files\Corel\WordPerfect Office X4\Programs\wpwin14.exe" : /dm=90
- This example path and filename
(everything in quotes) is to the WordPerfect
X4 executable program file on most Windows XP
systems. If you use a different
version of WordPerfect, a different setup, or a different version of
Windows you will need to modify the path. Just use the Browse
button to find the wpwinxx.exe file. (The "xx" in that filename represents a number that corresponds to
your version of WordPerfect.)
- Using /dm=90 should fix the underscore
problem, and other similar issues. /dm-90 sets the displayed character
size on screen to 90% of standard. Its effect is to increase the
spacing slightly between characters on your screen. It has no effect on
formatting or pagination, or your printouts.
- The colon (:) removes the splash screen (which
is optional; see WordPerfect's Help <F1>, Index tab, "startup
switches"). Some users find that adding the /fl switch (which
causes WordPerfect to write directly to the screen, but which might
cause some flicker) solves some display problems.
- Use spaces between each startup switch.
This tip may also solve the problem where some
characters appear bunched up or bolded on screen at some screen
settings, yet the document prints correctly.
If you open
documents from Windows Explorer, or My Computer, or Open With, or by
any means whereby you double-click the file's name to load the file in
WordPerfect, the shortcut discussed
above will not be activated since you will have bypassed it.
You can, however,
use an alternative which involves adding the WordPerfect startup
switch(es) to the file's association in Windows via My Computer
or the Windows Control Panel (or Registry, if you are comfortable with
thread on WordPerfect Universe -- scroll down there for the simple,
step-by-step instructions. These are repeated here for your convenience:
[The following works in Windows XP.
Other operating systems should be similar; however, Windows Vista and
Windows 7 do not have an Advanced button as described below, so you
might need a third party program to do the job or use a Registry edit
as explained on this
thread at WordPerfect Universe.]
- For example, if you want to remove the
WordPerfect splash screen and also add the /dm=90 startup switch, as in
the example above:
- Open My Computer; then
- click Tools, Folder Options, File Types
- scroll down to WPD and select it;
- click the Advanced button,
then (with "Open" selected in the Actions pane) click the Edit
- You can add the startup switches to the
very end of the command in the "Application used..." field. (Be sure to
leave spaces between the command and any switches, as well as between
the switches you have added.)