Creating Desktop Icons that Use Command Line Options

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The most recent version of MainBoss is MainBoss 4.2.4.
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The easiest way to use command line options is to create a desktop icon that specifies the options. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Right-click an open area of the Windows desktop. In the resulting menu, click New, then Shortcut.
  2. Windows asks you to specify the file to execute. Click the Browse button and use it to locate the MainBoss executable file (named mainboss.exe in the folder where you installed the MainBoss software—typically \Program Files\Thinkage\MainBoss\4.0).
  3. Click Next.
  4. Enter a descriptive name for the shortcut, then click Finish. This creates a new desktop icon with the name you specified.
  5. Right-click on the new desktop icon. In the resulting menu, click Properties. Windows will open a Properties window for the icon.
  6. The "Target" field contains the name of the MainBoss executable file in double quotes. After the closing double quote on the file name, add a space and whatever options you wish to specify.
  7. Click OK.

The icon that you just created will start up MainBoss with the command line options you specified. You can have multiple MainBoss desktop icons, each with a different command line. (Each such icon has to be given a unique name.)

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