Creating a Windows shortcut for Scream

The following procedure creates a shortcut with stored command-line arguments. This makes it easy for you to start Scream with the same arguments every time or, by placing the shortcut in your Start-up folder, to start Scream automatically every time you log on. It is also the simplest way to regularly start Scream with a different initialisation file, which is required if you wish to run more than one copy of Scream simultaneously.

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select "New" → "Shortcut" from the context menu:

  2. The Create Shortcut dialogue box will appear. Click the Browse button and navigate to the location of scream.exe.

  3. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Guralp Systems\Scream4.6 (or wherever you installed Scream), select scream.exe and then click the ok button.

  4. Check that the displayed location is correct and then click the next button.

  5. You will now be asked if you want to provide a name for your shortcut. If you only want to run a single instance, you can simply enter Scream 4.6 here. If you are creating shortcuts so that you can run more than one instance simultanesouly, enter a name which describes the purpose of this instance, as appropriate:

    and then click .

  6. A new shortcut icon wil appear on your desktop, with the name that you provided. Right-click on it and select "Properties" from the context menu:

  7. The shortcut's Properties dialogue will appear:

  8. Click in the "Target" box (or key alt+ T).

    Next, key end followed by the spacebar and then any required arguments to Scream. The example shows the -i argument being used to select an alternative initialisation file.

  9. Click in the "Start in" box (or key alt+ S ) and enter the name of the folder in which you want this instance to run.

  10. Optional:If you would like to use a customised icon for this shortcut, create or download a suitable icon, click the change icon button and navigate to your chosen icon.

  11. Click ok to close the dialogue. Your new shortcut will be on the desktop.

  12. Optional:If you would like Scream to start when you log into the PC, copy your new shortcut and paste it into your Start-up folder. It is also possible to configure a PC to log in automatically on power-up, in which case Scream will also start automatically. This technique is beyond the scope of this article but instructions are easy to find on-line.

  13. Optional:If you do not want your new Scream shortcut cluttering up the desktop, we recommend that you use Windows Explorer to cut it and then paste it into the same folder as scream.exe itself; normally C:\Program Files (x86)\Guralp Systems\Scream4.6\. This requires administrative authority.

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