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Filename : MSHELP.DAT

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This is the color of the background in the menu box. If this is the
same as either the Menu Text Color or the System Heading Color certain
portions of your menu descriptions will not be legible.

This is the name of the menu. You must use only letters & numbers with
no spaces. This is used to create a file to store the menu options in.
The file has the extension .Mxx, where xx is the version of the menu
system you are using.

This is the color your current choice on the menu is displayed in.
The current selected option is displayed in the System Heading
Color, the background in the color selected here.

Easy Access allows 2 different screen display formats, options 1 & 2.
Option 1 assigns letters automatically beginning with the letter 'A'.
Option 2 uses the first letter of your description as the option letter.
If you are unclear about this try one, and then the other. The difference
in the menu display will be obvious.

This is the program flag, the computer wants 1 of 3 things here, they
are: P - Pause, this causes the computer to ask you to hit a key
before it returns to the menu after running your program.
This can be useful if you need to see what is on the screen
after exiting your program.
C - Command line, the computer will ask you for the command
line your program needs to run properly. Example, you have
setup an option on the menu to backup your disk, the
program name is BACKUP, but you need to tell it what to
backup. This option also pauses before returning to the
menu. The command is only effective on the 1st program
N - No special processing, you will probably
use this 90% of the time. It does not have to be an
'N' any character other than a 'C' or 'P' will work
the same.

This is used in conjunction with Screen Time Out. When the screen
times out this is the message that will be displayed to inform the
operator of this fact.

A blank message here will leave the screen entirely dark when the
screen times out.
This lets the menu know if you want to keep track of when each program
on your menu was last run. Effectively this enables/disables the F3 key
from the main menu.

A slight increase in the speed of Easy Access is gained by answering 'N'
to this question.
This is the user's access list. It is used in conjunction with the
access code on each menu option to decide if a user is allowed to
run that option. A blank list allows the user access to all options
regardless of that options access code.
This is the access code. It is used in conjunction with the access
codes on the user definition to decide if a user is allowed to run
a particular program. The code (a letter A-Z) entered here must be
in the users access code list for the user to be allowed to run this

If users are not enabled then this entry is ignored.
This is the description that will appear on the menu screen.
If this field is left blank there are no restrictions on who may use
this option. If you enter 1 character here it is considered to be an
access code, the user must have this code in his/her list to be able
to run this program/sub-menu. Anything else is considered to be a
password, the password must be entered correctly before the user will
be allowed to run this option. Passwords are case sensitive. If you
enter your password in lower case it must always be entered in lower case.
This is an additional help/description field for this option. It will
display below the menu when this option is highlighted.
This is the type of menu option this is to be. There are 3 types:

H - Menu Heading, this displays a line of text within the body of the
menu. It can not be chosen by the user as an actual option. This
is designed to make the menus easier to read & give more control
over how & where things are displayed.
P - Program Option, this is used to attach programs to the menu. Easy
Access considers any DOS command and files with the extensions BAT,
COM, & EXE to be programs.
M - Sub-Menu Option, this is used to define a menu that is accessed from
this menu.
To choose this key to edit just hit the enter key, otherwise use the
arrow keys to get to the deisired key.
This option enables/disables the user defined function keys. If you enter
'N' here Easy Access will not display nor allow access to the user defined
function keys.
This tells Easy Access where to return to after running an application.
If you enter 'N' here Easy Access will always return to the top menu with
the 1st option highligted even if you ran your application from a sub-menu.
A 'Y' here will always return you to the menu you ran the application from.
This is your sign on, if you do not remember what it is you may have
a problem.
Enter your password, it does not appear on the screen, if you make a
mistake just try again.
This is the batch file name used to invoke the menu system. If you
have a conflict with other programs that are called 'MENU', you may
change the name here.
If you want to see information on just one user enter their sign on
here, otherwise hit the Enter key and information on all users will
be accessed.
If you want to see when & by whom a particular program has been run
enter the program name here.
This is the date to begin searching for data, all records prior to
this date will be ignored.
This is the most recent date to display, any records after this date
will be ignored.
This is a 24 hour time, so 2 PM should be entered as 1400, all records
between 0000 and this time will be ignored.
This is a 24 hour time, so 11 PM should be entered as 2300, all records
between this time and 2400 will be ignored.
If you no longer have any need for the data in the log file enter a 'Y'
here and the file will be cleared of all past data. You should clear
the file periodically because the file just keeps getting bigger and
This is the user's sign on, I would recommend using a persons first name.
This is not a password and does appear on the screen as they type it.

If you hit the Enter key here the first sign on will be displayed. You
can scroll through all of the entries by hitting the Enter key.

F10 takes you back to the menu.
This is the users full name, or something that you recognize as being
directly associated with this person.
This is their password, they must know both their sign on and password
to be able to access the system. The password is not displayed on the
screen when they enter it.
Is this user allowed to set up and modify other users ?

Keep in mind that if you enter a 'Y' here they can delete YOU from the
menu system.
This allows the user to modify the configuration file. This is as
critical as allowing someone to add/modify other users.
Is this user allowed to add, modify, or delete menus ? If not do not
enter a 'Y' here.
Do you want this user to have access to the usage report ? Keep in mind
that this shows when and what YOU have been doing on the system.

Usage reporting only works if you have answered 'Y' to usage log in the
Do you want this user to have access to DOS ? If not, enter 'N', if you
do, enter 'Y'.

You can not stop the determined user from getting to DOS. When first
booting the system hitting CTRL-C will allow the user to terminate
Autoexec.bat, thus leaving them in DOS. Also if you use the 'P' or 'C'
option in setting up a menu item, the user can hit CTRL-C when the
computer asks them to 'hit any key to continue'.
If everything is ok just hit the Enter key, if not you can either modify
what you have done by hitting the F1 key or give up and start again by
typing a 'D'.

If you delete yourself have fun.
The '*' password is necessary for the program. If you need to make it
unavailable I suggest changing the password & limiting what it is allowed
to do.
This is the name of the program you are running, extensions are not

Ex: C:\UTILS\PCTOOLS.COM is the program you are adding to the menu, then
enter 'PCTOOLS' here.

This is the directory the program you wish to run is in.
Ex: C:\UTILS\PCTOOLS is the program you are adding to the menu, then
the path will be 'UTILS'.

This is the drive the program you wish to attach to the menu resides on.
Ex: C:\UTILS\PCTOOLS is the program you want to add to the menu then
the drive will be 'C'.

This is the title of this menu, it appears on the screen directly
underneath the System Heading.
This is the return menu file name, do not put in extensions, all menu
files have a default extension of '.MNU'.

You normally do not want to change this. Changing this will make the
menu not return to the menu that preceded it. The only reason you
would wish to change this would be if you are rearranging sub-menus.

A value here for the main menu, 'MS.MNU', is ignored.

If you wish to delete this menu type 'DELETE', this menu file will be
erased from the disk.
This will cause the computer to clear your screen if you have not touched
the keyboard within the number of minutes specified here. If the screen
does clear, hitting any key on the keyboard will bring it back. This
only works while in the menu program and does not affect any of your
applications. Entering a '0' here disables the screen saver option.
Screen saver does not work if HELP is on the screen, i.e. you hit F1 and
have not yet exited from the help.

The idea behind this is that if you leave one thing on your screen for
an extended period of time it eventually gets burned into the screen so
that even when it is not on the screen you can still see the outline of
where it was.
Do you wish to keep a log of what everyone does on the system ? If you
do answer 'Y'. This will allow F7 to work from the menu, (if the user
is allowed to access usage reporting). If you answer 'N' then F7 will
not even be defined at the bottom of your screen. Keep in mind that
given time a log file can get rather large, so if you do not use this
you should answer 'N'.

A slight increase in speed is gained by answering 'N' here.

This disables/enables the reminder sub-system (the F2 key from the menu).
If you answer 'N' Easy Access will not define the reminder files and will
not display the calendar upon start-up.
This affects the time displayed in the upper right hand corner of the
screen. Answering 'N' here will leave the clock in military time
(1:00 pm = 13:00). (A 'Y' here will display 1:00 pm as 1:00).
This is the file name to store this persons reminders in. If you wish
everyone to share the same file this should have 'MSREM' in it. If you
want everyone to have a separate file for reminders give each person a
different name here. It usually works well to use there Sign On for the
name of their reminder file.

This tells the program whether or not different people will be using this
computer and if you want them to sign on. If you answer 'Y' to this
question only those people set up in the USER file will be allowed access
to the menu system.

If you are answering 'Y' for the first time the computer will set up a
default sign on for you. The sign on is '*' and the password is
'tengware'. This sign on allows access to all parts of the menu system
but is cumbersome to use because it automatically logs you off after
doing anything on the system. You should go into the USER file and
set yourself up with a different sign on as soon as you can. You should
also change the password for the '*' sign on.
This is the background color for inputs, you should make this a different
color than the menu background color otherwise you will not be able to see
how much space the computer allows for individual inputs.
This is the screen background color, be careful, if you make this the
same as any of the other color values you may not be able to see some
of the information on your screen.
The help lines at the bottom of the screen appear in this color.
This is the color the text of the menu appears in, if your background
color is the same as your menu color you will not be able to see your
The menu borders will appear in this color. Use the chart at the top of
the screen to decide which number to use.
The system heading, date, and time will appear in this color. Use the
color chart at the top of the screen to decide which number to use.
This is the path or directory MS.COM is in. If this is incorrect strange
things can happen. If MS.COM is in the directory C:\UTIL\MENUS then you
would put UTIL\MENUS here. If you ran MS.COM while in the correct dir-
ectory it should have the correct value here if this is a first time set up.
This is the drive this program resides on. This should already have
the correct value here, the only reason you may need to change it is
if you have copied 'SMCFG.DAT' from another drive.
This is the System Heading, it will appear at the top of all menus. You
might put your name or your companies name here.
This is the System Password, this password will be required whenever you
wish to modify either the configuration file or any menus.

If for some reason you forget this password the only way to get access to
the configuration and menu setup files is to erase 'SMCFG.DAT', this will
force you to set up the configuration again.
The computer has just displayed the last time the programs on the current
menu were run and who ran them (if the user file is active).

Hit the Enter key to return to the menu
The computer has just displayed any reminders that are applicable for
today, hit the Enter key & you will enter the menu system.
The computer was not able to find the menu system configuration file.

If you are setting up the menus for the first time this is normal, just
enter 'Y' then hit the Enter key.

If you are not setting this up for the first time, something has gone
wrong. The following are the usual reasons this happens.

You erased 'MSCFG.DAT'.

You entered an incorrect path or disk when you originally set up the
configuration file.

You copied MS.COM to another directory but forgot the configuration file.

If any of these are the case the easiest thing to do is just let the
program re-define it then go back & erase the old file. If you do not
wish to re-define it type 'N' then hit the Enter key, this program will
exit back to DOS.
The computer stops here to see if you like what you have done, if you do
just hit the Enter key, if you don't you have 2 choices, hit F1 until
you are at the part you don't like then change it, or hit the F2 key
and start over from scratch.
How much lead time do you need ? Personally I need at least a week to
get something for my wife's birthday, so I enter 7, for 7 days warning.
What is this reminder for ? A doctors appointment, your wedding
anniversary, or what ? Enter a message that explains it.
What type of reminder is this, something that happens every year or
is this a one time shot ? The computer expects one of the following
characters: 1 - One time only then delete the reminder
(like a doctors appointment)
W - You need to be reminded every week
(you always forget to go to work on Monday)
M - Once a month
(pay your mortgage)
Q - Once every 3 months
(quarterly taxes are due)
S - Semi annually
(I don't know, think of something)
A - Annually
(once a year, your wedding anniversary)
R - Remind you until you delete it
(call your mother, this will come up every day until
you have told the computer it can quit bugging you)
This is the date you want to be reminded of, ex: you do not want to
forget your wedding anniversary, it is on 9/13/87, you would enter
91387 then hit the enter key, the computer will display 09/13/87.

If you have brought up the wrong reminder hit the F1 key, it will take
you back to the previous input.
If you want to change or delete a reminder that is listed on the screen
enter the number that appears in this column on the line the reminder
is on, then hit the enter key, the computer will display the reminder
and allow you to change it.

If you wish to add a new reminder just hit the enter key !
If you wish to see the reminders for today just hit the enter key,
otherwise hit the F1 key and you can add, modify, or delete reminders.
Enter the letter of the option you wish to run, ex:

A. Flight Simulator
B. Manage Your Money
C. PC-Tools
D. SMC Basic

Let's say you want to run PC-Tools, you would type a 'C' then hit the
enter key. The menu would then run PC-Tools for you.

Function keys: F1 - Displays this message (HELP)
F2 - Takes you to the reminder / calendar system
F3 - Display when the programs on this menu were last run
F4 - Logs off the current user
F5 - Allows you to modify the current menu
F6 - Allows you to change the configuration
F7 - Displays a system usage report
F8 - Allows you to add / modify the User File
F9 - Returns to previous menu
F10- Exits to DOS
If you answer 'Y' to this question the computer will expect you
to hit the ENTER key after each input.

If you answer 'N' the computer will accept your input as soon as
you have filled up the field you are inputting. This means that
if you are at the menu and you type the letter 'A' to go to
option 'A', the computer will immedietly run the program without
forcing you to hit the ENTER key first.

This screen is displayed once a day and whenever you wish to change the
configuration for the system.

You may distribute and use this program in un-modified form if it is
given without charge. Distributing this program in modified form or
for profit is expressly forbidden.

If you would like this screen to be replaced with one that displays your
company logo hit the F1 key after exiting this help screen.

If this is your first time running the Easy Access Menu System just
hit return, and remember that F1 = HELP wherever you are.
Any customization requested will not eliminate this screen, but it can
replace the first screen with your company logo.

Customized versions are yours to distribute as you wish as long as no
money is transferred in the process and no modifications are made by
anyone other than TengWare Inc.

  3 Responses to “Category : File Managers
Archive   : EZ61G.ZIP
Filename : MSHELP.DAT

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