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AWC Command Line Settings

/A or /DATEFILTER - Filter by Date

e.g. /A:A01/01/2003 or /DATEFILTER:Y7 or /A:None

Used to set the Filter by Date functionality. There are five variations to the setting:

/A:A[date] - Only use files whose modification date is on or after the specified date.
/A:B[date] - Only use files whose modification date is on or before the specified date.
/A:O[number] - Only use files whose age in days is older than or equal to the the specified number.
/A:Y[number] - Only use files whose age in days is younger than or equal to the the specified number.
/A:W - Web cam mode. Displays the most recent file in the selected directory. This also cause the Check for new files on each change option to be switched on too.

If you want to disable the filter by date settings that you have saved then use /A:None.

/BG or /BACKGROUND

e.g. /BG:"C:\My Documents\My Pictures\MyBG.jpg"

Allows you to specify the background image to use.

/C or /CLEAR - Clear on exit

e.g. /C:1 or /C:0 or /C:TRUE or /C:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate the desktop wallpaper should be cleared on exiting from the AWC. Any numeric non-zero value will be interpreted as TRUE.

/CONFIRM - Require confirmation on change

e.g. /C:1 or /C:0 or /C:TRUE or /C:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate the user must confirm that the currently scheduled change should be allowed. Any numeric non-zero value will be interpreted as TRUE.

/D or /DIRECTORY - Use alternative directories

e.g. /D:"C:\My Documents\My Pictures|True"

This switch allows you to specify the list of directories to use instead of the saved set along with how subdirectories of the specified ones are treated. The format of the list is:

directory1|showsubs|directory2|showsubs

Where directory1 is a directory name and showsubs evaluates to TRUE or FALSE. Each item is separated by a pipe symbol. For example

/D:"C:\Steve\Halloween 2006|False|F:\Pics|True"

Note that if the directory name has spaces in it then the whole directory name must be enclosed in quotes.

WARNING: Do not have a trailing backslash (\) in the path name if you use quotes: this seriously mucks up the parsing of the command line. This is almost never needed anyway. The only time you would actually need a trailing backslash is if you are specifying a whole drive (e.g. /d:"P:\"). If you are doing that then you don't need the quotes anyway as there are no spaces in the path: just use /d:P:\.

/E or /SHOWFILENAME - Show File Name

e.g. /E:1 or /E:0 or /E:TRUE or /E:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate that the Show File Name option should be enabled. Any numeric non-zero value will be interpreted as TRUE.

/EXIFO - Use EXIF orientation setting

e.g. /EXIFO:1 or /EXIFO:0 or /EXIFO:TRUE or /EXIFO:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate that the EXIF orientation setting that is typically stamped on digital photos should be observed to rotate the picture appropriately. Any numeric non-zero value will be interpreted as TRUE.

/F or /FIT - Screen Fit

e.g. /F:1

This setting is used to indicate how pictures should be stretched to the fit the screen. Valid setting values are 0 to 2 as follows

0 - No stretching
1 - Best fit
2 - Full screen
3 - Worst fit

/FADE - Specify the fade effect to use

e.g. /FADE:1, /FADE:3S

The fade effect to use is specified using a number defining the effect to use, optionally followed by an S to indicate the fade should be a strong one. The numbers available are:

0 - Left to Right
1 - Right to Left
2 - Balance Horizontal
3 - Top to Bottom
4 - Bottom to Top
5 - Balance Vertical
6 - Centre Out
7 - Circle Out To Corner
8 - Circle Out To Long Edge
9 - Circle Out To Short Edge

/FILE - Specify a particular file to use as wallpaper

e.g. /File:"C:\My Documents\My Pictures\My Pic.jpg"

This option allows you to specify a file to display as the wallpaper. Note that if the directory name has spaces in it then the whole file name must be enclosed in quotes. Typically this would be used in conjunction with the /X option.

/FNOPACITY - File name opacity

e.g. /FNOPACITY:75

Sets the opacity of the filename when it is displayed on the image. Must be a value between 1 and 100

/FNPOS - File name position

e.g. /FNPOS:2

Sets the position at which the filename will be displayed according to the values below.

1 - Top Left
2 - Top Centre
3 - Top Right
4 - Top Smart
-1 - Bottom Left
-2 - Bottom Centre
-3 - Bottom Right
-4 - Bottom Smart

/FRAME - Display a frame around image

e.g. /FRAME:GRAD

Displays a picture frame around the image. Valid options are listed below

Any other value wil be interpreted as no frame required.

/FRAMECOLOUR or /FRAMECOLOR- The picture frame colour

e.g. /FRAMECOLOUR:16711935

Specifies the picture frame coulur to use. The value is a RGB value so is a bit awkward to use. In the example the colour is bright pink.

/FRAMEWIDTH - The width of the picture frame

e.g. /FRAMEWIDTH:30

The width in pixels of the picture frame.

/HOTKEYS - Use windows hotkeys

e.g. /HOTKEYS:1 or /HOTKEYS:0 or /HOTKEYS:TRUE or /HOTKEYS:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate that windows hotkeys should be enabled or otherwise. Any numeric non-zero value will be interpreted as TRUE.

/I or/ SHRINK - Shrink large pic files to fit

e.g. /I:1 or /I:0 or /I:TRUE or /I:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate whether large picture files should be shrunk to their best fit on the screen. Any numeric non-zero value will be interpreted as TRUE.

/K or /CHECK - Check For Newly Added Files

e.g. /K:1 or /K:0 or /K:TRUE or /K:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate whether the checking for new files functionality should be enabled. Any numeric non-zero value will be interpreted as TRUE.

/L, /LIKE, /FILESPEC or /FILEFILTER - Like

e.g. /L:XMAS*.JPG

Allows you to further refine the filtering of files by using file specifications including wild cards. The source directory is still used as normal, but only those files in that directory which match the file specification in the like clause will be displayed.

/LOADTHEME, /LOADSET - Load a theme

e.g. /LOADTHEME:"C:\Pics\birthday.set"

Loads a previously saved theme. If you are using /LOADTHEME make sure it is the first option you use as the theme's settings will override any earlier command line switches you've specified..

/M or /SHARPEN- Sharpen

e.g. /M:S

Allows you to specify the sharpening filter to apply to displayed images. Valid setting values are as follows

X - No sharpening
S- Sharpen
M - Sharpen more
U- Unsharp mask

/MAXSTRETCH - Maximum stretch amount

e.g. /MAXSTRETCH:175

Sets the maximum stretch ratio to use with best fit resizing. The ratio is percentage of original size and the minimum permissible value is 100.

/MINFILESIZE - Minimum file size

e.g. /MINFILESIZE:2048

Allows you to specify the minimum physical size of files that you want to display. The size is defined in bytes

/N or /NOREPEATS - No Repeats

e.g. /N:1 or /N:0 or /N:TRUE or /N:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate that No Repeats should be turned on. Any numeric non-zero value will be interpreted as TRUE.

/NOCHANGE - Disable changes when screen is locked

e.g. /NOCHANGE:1 or /NOCHANGE:0 or /NOCHANGE:TRUE or /NOCHANGE:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate that wallpaper changes should be suspended when the screen is locked or the screen saver is running. Any numeric non-zero value will be interpreted as TRUE.

/NODELCONFIRM - Don't ask for confirmation on delete

e.g. /NODELCONFIRM:1 or /NODELCONFIRM:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate that the user should not be asked for confirmation after selecting the option to delete a file.

/NOTRANS - No transparency

Turns off all image transparency effects. There are no settings for this switch.

/O or /SAVE- Save The Command Line Options

Any options specified on the command line will be saved as the new defaults; just as if you had clicked the Save Settings button. There are no settings for this switch.

/P or /PERIOD - Period

e.g. /P:30m or /P:1H or /P:30s or /P:01:30:00

Sets the period duration and type. The format is either a number followed by a letter indicating whether it should be hours (H), minutes (M) or seconds (S), or the specific amount of time in the form hh:mm:ss.

/POC or /PAUSEONCLEAR - Pause when desktop is cleared

e.g. /POC:1 or /POC:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate that the change timer should pause if the user clears the desktop.

/Q or /MIRRORTILE - Mirror tiling

e.g. /Q:MIRROR or /Q:Balanced or /Q:None

This setting takes a string argument to define how mirroring should be handled. Available settings are:

Mirror - turn on basic mirroring.
Balanced - turn on balanced mirroring.
None - turn off mirroring.

The settings are not case sensitive.

/R or /RESTART - Restart On Not Found

e.g. /R:1 or /R:0 or /R:TRUE or /R:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate that Restart On Not Found should be turned on. Any numeric non-zero value will be interpreted as TRUE.

/ROC or /RESTOREONCLEAR - Restore original desktop on clear

e.g. /ROC:1 or /ROC:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate that the desktop wallpaper and its settings that were in effect when AWC started should be restored if the user clears the desktop.

/T or /TILING - Enable Tiling

e.g. /T:1 or /T:0 or /T:TRUE or /T:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate that tiling should be enabled. Any numeric non-zero value will be interpreted as TRUE.

/TRAYOPTION - Set Which Menu Option Is Triggered When The Tray Icon Is Double-Clicked

e.g. /TRAYOPTION:EDIT

This setting takes a string argument to define which menu option should be used when the user double-clicks on the tray icon. Available settings are:

RESTORE - Restore the AWC window to view
CHANGE - Change pic
EDIT - Open the current picture for editing
CLEAR - Clear the desktop

The settings are not case sensitive.

/V or /PRESERVE - Preserve File List

e.g. /V:1 or /V:0 or /V:TRUE or /V:FALSE

This setting is interpreted as a boolean (TRUE or FALSE) value to indicate that the Preserve fie list option should be enabled. Any numeric non-zero value will be interpreted as TRUE.

/W or /TILEWIDTH and /H or /TILEHEIGHT - Tile Width and Height

e.g. /W:400 /H:350

Sets the values for picture height and width that trigger the tiling process.

/X - Exit Immediately

Causes the program to close immediately after changing the desktop, thus freeing all resources used.

Note that this setting disables the Clear on Exit state (for obvious reasons, I hope). There are no settings for this switch.

/Z, /POS or /POSITION - Display Position

e.g. /Z:TR

This setting defines the position at which the picture should appear on the screen. Available values are:

TL Top Left
TR Top Right
T Top
BL Bottom Left
BR Bottom Right
B Bottom
L Left
R Right
C Centre

/NOSPLASH

This switch disables the startup splash screen.

/NOTRAYICON

No notification tray icon appears so AWC is effectively running invisibly. This means that you can only close AWC by killing the process or logging off. You won't be able to get at the options either.