Since the first versions, the Plant Base program has offered a function menu of large buttons at the left side of the window. These give quick access to some of the most common functions.  They repeat some of the functions from the traditional top menu-bar,  so some users don’t use them at all (and don’t display the side panel) while others find them quick and convenient.

However,  feedback indicates that people work in different ways and some users would like to arrange the menu buttons in a different order.  At a future version there will be a simple, mouse-controlled customisation.  However, part of the configuration basis for it has already been done and  included from version 2.1.3.  So with some manual configuration, it is now possible to change the order.

Here’s how:–

With Windows Notepad, open the file PlantBase.prefs  – this is normally found under your Windows Profile, but if you are not sure then the location is displayed at the bottom or the Plant Base Configuration Options Window.

At the end of the file add a new line:


Below that we add the lines giving the button positions.  There’s no need to add them all, only the ones you wish to change.  But a minimum of 2 entries are needed, in order to swap 2 button positions. There is no automatic positioning – you must specify all changes.

For  example, to change around the Add and Delete buttons, just add these lines:

AddPlant = 4
Delete = 2

Where the number gives the button order from the top.

Now save the PlantBase.prefs file and re-start the Plant Base program.

The sequence of the lines is not important, they just need to be in a group under the [MenuButtons] heading.  If you make any error, such as giving two buttons the same number – don’t worry, all lines are ignored and the default order is used. Just correct them and try again.

The lines for all buttons are as follows, with their default position number:

FindPlant = 1
AddPlant = 2
Edit = 3
Delete = 4
AddToList = 5
AddPicture = 6
References = 7
PlantList = 8
ManagePictures = 9
SlideShow = 10
Help = 11
Exit = 12

You can Copy&Paste the above lines if you wish.

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