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A. USING ON-LINE INSTRUCTIONS . . . . . . . . . 1
B. GRID DESIGNER IN ACTION . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
C. WORKING WITH GRID DESIGNER . . . . . . . . . 5
Selecting and Printing a Design . . . . . . 6
Creating and Saving a Custom Design . . . . 11
Editing a Custom Design . . . . . . . . . . 16
Deleting a Custom Design . . . . . . . . . 20
Printing Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
D. EXITING GRID DESIGNER . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

To see any section or page of these instructions, type the section letter or
page number whenever the instructions are displayed, and then press Enter.

Instructions - page 1


First, be sure to read the material in the Read Me First card packaged with
your diskette. Follow the printed directions under Getting Started before you
proceed further in these instructions. Getting Started guides you in running
Install--a separate program that lets you copy DOS onto your Grid Designer
program disk and install Grid Designer on a hard disk. Both the box sleeve
and the diskette label give the minimum system requirements needed to run Grid

These instructions are loaded into memory each time you call for them by
pressing F2 while working with Grid Designer. Once in memory, the
instructions remain on-line until you exit them and return to the Grid
Designer program. You can go directly to a specific section or page whenever
you're viewing any part of the instructions. Just type the section letter or
page number you want, press Enter, and the appropriate material will appear.
To see the Table of Contents, press Home. To page through the instructions,
use the PgUp and PgDn keys. PgDn advances you one page; PgUp returns you to
the previous page.

Instructions - page 2

To print these instructions, press F3 when they are displayed on your screen.
Your printer must be connected to LPT1 (or redirected to LPT1 using the DOS
MODE command). Use continuous-feed paper, as the program does not pause
between pages during printing. The printed instructions are 12 pages long.
To return to the Grid Designer program, press F10.


Gridded and ruled paper is indispensable for countless business and personal
applications. Grid Designer lets you print all kinds, including paper you
design yourself. It eliminates trips to the office supply store and tedious

hand layout. Choose among dozens of ready-to-go formats or design your own,
then print it out. Grid Designer gives you the pattern you need, whenever you
need it.

The Main Menu lets you select ready-made paper in more than 200 styles,
including 24 varieties of standard quadrille graph paper, accountant's paper
in 12 formats, quadratic coordinate paper in six scales, and three kinds of
ruled paper. The menu includes staff paper for musicians, coding forms for

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computer programmers, and calendars for scheduling. There's even a bonus for
the sports-minded: score cards for baseball, golf, bridge, and bowling.

When you need a special layout, use Grid Designer's Custom Grid Design screen
to specify line placement and grid location to suit your needs--it's as easy
as setting tabs on a typewriter. Once you have a design you like, save it,
and the name you give it will appear on Grid Designer's Custom Grid Paper
Menu. Thereafter, you can call up the design quickly and easily.


If you need help while using Grid Designer, press F1. A help screen will
appear, with a brief explanation of the screen currently displayed. For a
more detailed explanation, press F2, and these on-line instructions will
appear on your screen. To return to Grid Designer, press F1 again.

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Grid Designer is easy to use--almost self-explanatory, in fact. The bottom
line of your screen always displays the currently available function-key
options. Keep an eye on this status line: it's your best guide to what to
do next. Here's a summary of the basic keys you'll use as you put Grid
Designer through its paces:

Pg Dn/Pg Up Moves to the next/previous menu screen.

F10 Accepts the current menu entries and moves ahead one
step in the program.

Esc Moves to the previous step in the program without
accepting the current menu entries.

Enter Accepts the current menu entry and moves the
cursor to the next menu item.

Tab Same as Enter.

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Shift-Tab Moves the cursor to the previous item.

Space bar Moves the cursor to the right. The cursor erases
any characters it encounters.

Backspace Moves the cursor to the left. The cursor erases any
characters it encounters. (Don't confuse this key
with the left arrow key.)

Ins Alternates between insert (block cursor) and
overwrite (underscore cursor) modes.

Del Deletes the character at the cursor position.


When you first start the Grid Designer program, the Main Menu appears on your
screen. Choose a paper style from the Main Menu or press F3 to go to the
Custom Grid Paper Menu to select a design you've previously made and then
saved. (This menu comes with two sample designs already in place; you will
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eventually add others.) To design your own paper, press F3 again to go to
the first of the two Create Grid Design screens. These screens control the
horizontal and vertical lines, and make it easy to design grid paper that
exactly suits your needs. Each Create Grid Design screen features a unique
computerized ruler: your entries on these rulers tell your graphics printer
where to draw any of five types of lines neatly and accurately. The sections
that follow explain each of Grid Designer's modes of operation.


The first page of the Main Menu lists 24 kinds of gridded and ruled paper.
To see additional menu pages, press the PgDn key; to back up to a previous
page, press PgUp. The Home and End keys take you to the first and last
menus pages, respectively. There are 10 menu pages in all, offering more
than 200 ready-made designs.

The ready-made designs are grouped by type. Entries marked (WIDE) are for
wide-carriage printers only. Use the following descriptions as a guide when
you make your menu selections:

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1 Wide, college, and narrow ruled paper. These correspond to the
familiar notebook paper used in offices and schools. Page 1
also lists accountant's paper in 12 different column formats,
three ready-made calendars, vacation and conversation logs, and
an appointment sheet.

2 Square-grid paper. Design titles give the number of divisions
on each axis of a one-inch square. Bold lines and their
position are also indicated.

Example: "8 Squares/Inch: Bold 1/2" describes graph paper
with eight divisions per inch and bold lines every half inch.

3-5 Rectangular-grid paper. Designs are listed by number of rows
and columns (rows run horizontally, columns run vertically).
Entries marked +Ref also have a single, wider "reference" column
at the left.

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Example: "35 Row: 4 Column +Ref" describes a sheet with 35
rows divided by four columns, plus a reference column (an
excellent sign-up sheet, by the way, for a 35-person, 4-course
potluck picnic).

6-9 Time grids. Rows represent months, weeks, or days. Months are
indicated by name, weeks and days by number. Many column
formats are available.

Example: "36 Month: 12 Column" describes a 3-year calendar
with three groups of 12 rows (January-December), divided by 12
equal columns. "31 Day: 8 Column" is a grid with 31 numbered
rows divided by 8 equal columns.

10 This final page lists numerous specialized grid designs,
including six quadratic (X-Y axis) graphs, COBOL and FORTRAN
computer-programming charts, a programmer's flowchart, a CRT
screen layout chart, four scorecards, an inventory sheet, and
staff paper for musicians.

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To proceed, type the number of your selection at the Make Selection prompt.
Press F10, and the Print Selection menu appears. Your responses to the
prompts on this menu tell Grid Designer how to print the design you've
chosen. Here's how to respond to each prompt:


Printer selection From the displayed list, choose and enter the
number that corresponds to your printer.

Print to Type the name of the port your printer is connected
to. Valid entries include LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, COM1,
COM2, and PRN. Try LPT1 first if you are

Number of copies Type a number, 1-99. (Your printer will be
operating in graphics mode, which is slower than
text mode, so you'll probably prefer to use a copy
machine when you're making many copies.)

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Pause between pages Type Y for yes, N for no. Answer yes for single
sheets, no for continuous-form paper.

Standard or wide Type S for standard (8.5 inch wide) paper, W for
paper wide (14 inch wide) paper. The design name is
always displayed at the top of your screen. Since
some of the ready-made designs require wide paper,
be sure to double-check this display.

Heading & Footing You can add optional two-line headings and footings
to the paper you produce. Type L, C, or R to
specify left, center, or right alignment, and then
type your text (up to 70 characters a line).
(Headings and footings are not saved with your
design, so you can change them easily each time you

Respond to each prompt in turn, pressing Tab or Shift-Tab to move between
items. To accept default entries, just leave them as they are. Finally,
check that your printer is on-line, with paper in position, and then press
F10 to begin printing. That's all there is to it.
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The Custom Grid Paper Menu is a source of design-it-yourself grids. The
menu is furnished with two sample designs; the collection will grow as you
add your own designs.

To print a custom design, go to the Main Menu, press F3, and the Custom Grid
Paper Menu will appear. Select a design, press F10 to go to the Print
Selection Menu, and then follow the printing instructions above.


To design your own paper, follow these steps:

1 At the Main Menu, press F3 to go to the Custom Grid Paper Menu.

2 At the Custom Grid Paper Menu, press F3 again, and the Create Grid
Design screen for vertical lines will appear.

Using the grid design screens is very much like laying out lines on a sheet
of paper. The first of the screens lets you specify the locations of the
vertical lines on the paper; the second lets you specify the locations of
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the horizontal lines. Each Create Grid Design screen has a diagram that
shows you the direction the lines will run. The next sections describe the
features of the Create Grid Design screens.

THE RULER. At the bottom of each screen is a ruler. You enter symbols
along the ruler to indicate the type and position of each line you want.
Lines can be single, double, bold, dotted, or hyphenated: the type
corresponds to the line symbol you choose; a key at the center of the
screen lists the symbols. Your computer and printer take care of the
actual drawing.

A cursor moves along the ruler as you work, so you always know where you
are. The distance of the cursor from the left end of the scale is also
displayed numerically on the body of the ruler. Use the left and right
arrow keys, the spacebar, and the backspace key to move the cursor. The
Home and End keys move the cursor to the left and right ends of the ruler,

SETTING THE SCALE. Three ruler scales are available: 1/16-inch, 1/12-inch,
and 1/10-inch. Press the F6 key to change scales. The scale you set is
always shown on the ruler. It is this scale that determines the
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minimum interval between lines on your grid, and how far the cursor goes
each time you press a cursor-movement key (other than the tab key).

Only one scale can be used in a single design; be careful to set the same
scale on each axis. The default scale is 1/16 inch; this scale is in
effect each time you start Grid Designer.

Note: if you change scales after entering line symbols, your entries will
be lost.

QUICK ENTRY. Grid Designer has a convenient quick-entry feature. Using the
Tab and Shift-Tab keys, you can move the cursor in predetermined jumps
along the ruler--great for the repetitive entries you typically make while
designing gridded paper. Tab moves the cursor from left to right, and
Shift-Tab moves it from right to left. The distance moved in each jump is
shown at the top of the screen. Use the + (plus) and -(minus) keys to
adjust the interval in 1/16, 1/12, or 1/10-inch increments, according to
the ruler scale you've selected.

Note: the tab setting indicates how far the cursor moves with each press
of the Tab and Shift-Tab keys. If you type a symbol at the cursor
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location, the cursor moves one additional scale increment (1/16, 1/12, or
1/10 inch) to the right. This means that if you press Tab, then type a
symbol, press Tab, then type a symbol, the symbols will be spaced one tab
interval PLUS one scale increment apart. When you want to space lines
evenly across the paper, set the tab interval one scale increment short of
your desired line spacing. Then it's simply a matter of alternating
keystrokes to lay out an evenly spaced grid.

Example: To space bold lines an inch apart, set the tab interval at
15/16, 11/12, or 9/10 inch, depending on the scale, then
alternately press the B and tab keys.

screen to set the positions of the vertical lines:

1 Press F6 to pick a scale.

2 Using the left and right arrow keys, Tab, or the space bar and
backspace key, move the cursor along the horizontal ruler, typing
line symbols where desired: 1 for a single line, 2 for a double

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line, B for bold (a heavy single line), D for a dotted line, and H
for a hyphenated (dashed) line.

3 Review your work. When all is in order, press F10. (To clear
all entries on the ruler, press F5.)

Pressing F10 takes you to the second Create Grid Design screen. Use this
screen to enter the type and position of each horizontal line, following
the directions above. Note that the ruler is still horizontal; it's as if
you had rotated the paper beneath it. As you set your horizontal lines,
remember that the top of your paper is at the left of your screen. Grid
Designer's reminder diagram shows you the way the lines will run, relative
to your paper. With custom designs, horizontal lines always end at the
outermost vertical lines, and vertical lines always end at the top and
bottom horizontal lines.

Don't forget the paper size you are printing on, otherwise you may
overshoot the boundaries of your paper when specifying line placement.
With standard 8.5 by 11-inch paper, you can print grids within an 8 by 10-
inch area; with wide (14 by 11-inch) paper, the maximum printing area is
13 by 10 inches. Grids can fill all or part of the available area.
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SAVING YOUR DESIGN. When all your line entries are complete, press F10.
Enter a name for your design (up to 28 characters long) on the screen that
appears next, and then press F10 to save the design and add it to the
Custom Grid Paper Menu. Note: Use the (WIDE) notation for custom designs
that require 14 by 11-inch paper; this reminds you later which paper is
required for a given design.

PRINTING YOUR DESIGN. When you press F10, Grid Designer displays the Custom
Grid Paper Menu, with your design added to the list (there are two sample
designs included with the program). To print your design (or any other on
the menu), follow the directions given under "Selecting and Printing a
Design," above.


Sometimes when you're designing a grid you'll want to edit it as you work--
perhaps stop to make a test printout, then go back and change line
positions. Or perhaps a custom design that's served you well will need
revision when requirements change. The first step in editing is to display
the design's line entries for each axis on your screen:
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1 At the Main Menu, press F3 to go to the Custom Grid Paper Menu.

2 At the Custom Grid Paper Menu, type the number of the design you
want to edit, and then press F3. The first Create Grid Design
screen will appear, displaying the symbols for the vertical lines.

3 Type new line symbols where desired, or erase old line symbols by
using the space bar and backspace key to move the cursor over them.

4 Press F10 when you have finished editing the vertical lines. The
second Create Grid Design screen will appear, displaying the symbols
for the horizontal lines.

5 Press F10 when you have finished editing the horizontal lines. On
the screen that appears, type the name of the new design. Use the
old name if you want to replace the original design; use a new one
if you want to save both the original and the edited design. Press
F10 to save the design and add it to the Custom Grid Paper Menu.

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The most common editing tasks usually involve adjusting column and row
dimensions. Here are some tips for getting the results you want quickly and


Widen a row On the appropriate axis, use the tab or left and
or column right arrow keys to place the cursor within the row
or column you want to make wider. Press the Ins key
to change the cursor to a block, indicating insert
mode. Press the space bar once for each unit of
space you wish to add. All line entries at and to
the right of the cursor will move right, and the
chosen row or column will get wider. The size of all
other rows or columns will stay the same.

Narrow a row On the appropriate axis, use the tab or left and
or column right arrow keys to place the cursor within the row
or column you want to make narrower. Press the Del
key once for each unit of space you wish to remove.
All line entries to the right of the cursor will
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move left, and the chosen row or column will get
narrower. The size of all other rows or columns will
stay the same. Be careful: line entries at the
cursor position will be erased.

Reposition a grid First, determine how far and in what direction you
on the paper want to move the grid: count the spaces if you can.
Next, for each axis, place the cursor on the leftmost
line symbol. Press the Ins key to change the cursor
to a block, indicating insert mode. Press the space
bar to "push" or the backspace key to "pull" the line
symbols in the desired direction. All the line
symbols will move as a unit.

When your editing is done, save your work, following step 4, above.

Note: Take time to look at the two custom design examples on the menu.
First print them, and then use the Edit function to see how the line symbols
were placed. The Lab Report example shows you how to position a grid within
the available printing field; the Vacation Schedule shows you how to make a
grid print "sideways" on your paper.
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When a custom design is no longer useful, it's best to remove it from the
Custom Grid Paper Menu. To delete a design, follow these steps:

1 At the Main Menu, press F3 to go to the Custom Grid Paper Menu.

2 At the Custom Grid Paper Menu, type the number of the design you
want to delete, and then press F4. A message will appear, asking
you to confirm your selection.

3 Type Y (yes) to delete the design; type N (no) to abandon the delete
function. When you delete a design, its name and number are removed
from the Custom Grid Paper Menu. Names that appear below the
deleted design are moved up and renumbered.

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If you have a printing problem when working with Grid Designer, check the
items in the list that follows. Always begin with your equipment, then
analyze your printout. Here are some possible problems and their solutions:

PRINTER REFUSES TO PRINT. If your printer refuses to print, check the
following, then turn your printer and computer off for a minute and try

1 Make sure your printer cable is tightly plugged into both the
computer and the printer and that the printer is on-line and is
not out of paper or ribbon.

2 Make sure you've specified the right printer selection and that
your printer has any required options.

3 Make sure that all printer switches are properly configured to
print graphics (see your printer manual for details).

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4 If you are using a serial printer, make sure the COM port has been
properly configured with the DOS MODE command. (See your DOS manual
for details.)

GRID IS ENLARGED, CONDENSED, OR "BROKEN." Turn the printer off, wait a
moment, and then turn it on. Try printing again.

GRID IS CUT OFF. When you print a custom design that requires wide paper,
and you have indicated standard-width paper on the Print Selection menu,
Grid Designer automatically cuts off any part of the design that falls
outside the 8 by 10-inch printing field. If your design is cropped in
this manner, edit it to fall within the allowed area, or use and specify a
wide-carriage printer.

GRID APPEARS "SCRAMBLED." When printing, Grid Designer automatically fills
standard or wide paper according to your specification at the Standard or
Wide Paper prompt on the Print Selection menu. Be sure your entry at this
prompt is correct; if it's incorrect, you may get confused results.

GRID IS UNEVEN. Although Grid Designer works with all of the graphics
printers listed on the package, some printers will produce slightly
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inaccurate results with some grid designs. This is because printers have
different "dot resolution" capabilities. Dot resolution is the number of
dots per inch the printer produces, measured both horizontally and

Printers tend to fall into two dot-resolution groups: those with dot
resolutions divisible by 10, and those with dot resolutions divisible by
12. Some printers fall into one group for horizontal dot resolution, and
the other group for vertical dot resolution.

Grid Designer always places lines at each inch as accurately as possible,
and adjusts the spacing of intervening lines when a printer's horizontal
or vertical dot resolution makes it necessary. This adjustment is
noticeable only with fine-scale grids. For example, if your printer has a
resolution of 72 dots per inch on each axis, it won't give perfect results
on a 10 x 10 grid; this is because 10 cannot be divided into 72 evenly.
Such a printer will do a fine job on a 12 x 12 grid, however.

If you frequently print fine-scale grids, look up your printer's
horizontal and vertical dot resolution in the instruction manual--the
information is probably in a technical specifications appendix.
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Thereafter, choose (or design) grids that are compatible with your
printer's dot resolution. If your printer uses different dot resolutions
for each axis, fine-scale grid accuracy may be better on one axis than the


To exit to DOS from Grid Designer, press F7 while the Main Menu is displayed.
This brings up the message: "Exit to DOS (Y/N)?" Type Y (yes) or N (no).
When you enter Y, you exit Grid Designer and the DOS prompt appears; N returns
you to Grid Designer.

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