The Options | Settings menu option displays the Settings window shown below. The General tab contains settings that enable the use of hot keys and set WavPlayer preferences. The Default Types tab enables the user to set the WavPlayer as the default player for various file types based on the file extensions. Details of each setting are described below.
Enable the use of hot keys
Hot keys are keyboard keys or key combinations that execute functions regardless of the program or word processor from which you are currently working. Use of hot keys can replace the use of a foot pedal since they control the play, pause and rewind functions. Hot keys can also be used to open sound files or queue the next file in the list. The hot keys will auto-backspace and rewind based on the current setting of the BkSp slide control.
The use of hot keys can greatly improve typing efficiency by eliminating the use of the mouse. Multiple files can be dragged and dropped from Windows Explorer into WavPlayer (see section entitled Drag & Drop Support). All files will appear in the drop down list. Hot keys can then be used to control each file and then queue the next file in the list.
Play/pause toggle key
The Play/pause toggle key is used to control the play and pause functions of the WavPlayer. Pressing the key once initiates playback of the current sound file. Pressing the key a second time pauses the playback. Each time play is restarted, the sound file is automatically backspaced based on the settings of the BkSp slide control. The default key is the F6 function key since it works well with most versions of Microsoft Word. A different function key can be selected from the drop down list. It is necessary to select a function key that will not conflict with function keys used by the word processor.
The rewind key will rewind the position in the current file based on the the setting of the BkSp slide control. The default key is the F9 function key since it works well with most versions of Microsoft Word. A different function key can be selected from the drop down list. It is necessary to select a function key that will not conflict with function keys used by the word processor.
The Open file key combination (Ctrl + Alt + F6) is used to open new sound files. The key function is the same as clicking the Open button with a mouse. The function will display the "Open" or "Open Wav File" dialog box (based on the "Use Open button for wave files only" checkbox shown in the Settings window). Once the Open dialog box appears, the Tab or Shift-Tab keys can be used to select a file, and the Enter key can be used to open the file in WavPlayer.
Open next file in list
The Open next file in list key combination (Ctrl + Alt + F9) is used to queue the next file in the WavPlayer drop down list. If multiple files have been added to the list using drag and drop (see section entitled Drag & Drop Support), the next file can be queue without the use of the mouse.
Use Open button for wave files only
The Use Open button for wave files only checkbox is used to enable the advanced "Open Wav File" dialog box when clicking the Open button. The Open Wav File dialog box can be used to preview and open files but can only be used with *.wav files. If you are receiving and transcribing only *.wav files, check this box to enable previewing of wave files (see section entitled Previewing Wav Files).
Note: Check the "Use Open button for wave files only" checkbox if you will be transcribing .wav files only. Otherwise, the Open button cannot be used to open other file types such as .dss, .mp3, .vox, etc.
Save speed control and backspace settings
The Save speed control and backspace settings checkbox is used to save the position of the Speed and BkSp slide controls on exit.
Making WavPlayer the Default Player for Various File Types
Microsoft Windows allows you to associate a particular program with files that end with a particular extension. For example, if you would like the Bytescribe WavPlayer to automatically open when double-clicking on a file with a .wav extension, you need to associate the .wav extension with the WavPlayer program. To make the WavPlayer the default program for playing .wav, .mp3, .vox, .dss file formats, as well as other file types, select the Options | Settings menu option and click the Default Types tab. This option will allow you to open files directly from Windows Explorer simply by double clicking the files you wish to play. It is not necessary to close the WavPlayer after each file when opening files in this manner.
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If after changing the User Account Controls (UAC) you still cannot change the audio file "default types" in WavPlayer, you can do so manually by going through the Control Panel as follows:
For Windows 7 & 8:
1. Go to Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations. If you are unsure how to get to this area of your computer, follow steps 2 through 4. Otherwise, skip to step 5.
2. Click Start (Search in Win8) | Control Panel.
3. Change view to Large Icons.
4. Choose "Default Programs" and then click "Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program".
5. Find ".wav" (or any sound file extension). Double click the entry, then select WavPlayer from the list (or click Browse to find WavPlayer). Wavplayer.exe is typically found in the following folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Bytescribe\WavPlayer. Select WavPlayer.exe, then click "Open".
6. Check the box for "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file". Please note, this option may be grayed out so there is nothing you need to do.
7. Then click OK. You should see that WavPlayer is now listed under the Current Default column.