Save Settings to:

Save Settings to:

Where your settings are stored.

For maximum flexibility, your custom settings can be stored in 3 different locations.

*Note: On the first run of OLMonitor a test of the read/write abilities to the registry is performed and displayed.   This should give you an idea of which location to use.

**Note: When you switch the settings location and click 'OK', all settings that are present on the screen will be saved to the new location and will overwrite any existing settings.  

To load settings from another location see the section 'Reload with settings' option from the menu bar in the main screen.

'Reload with settings' is the safe way to tinker around with settings locations.

(you also may have to reload from your new location even after changing the settings location and clicking OK).


There is now a special program you can use to manage your settings: Ol Monitor Settings Manager

1 . This pc only buttonThis pc only button

This pc only button

Local pc section of registry:

Settings stored here will be available for all users of the current pc.   Any new users who load the program will start off with the local pc settings.   Individual users can still define custom settings for themselves.


Note: If you are using Windows 7 this option is grayed out (disabled) since the 'ALL USERS' portion of the registry is locked down for the most part.





2 . USER\xxxxxxx buttonUSER\xxxxxxx button

USER\xxxxxxx button

User section of registry:

Settings stored here will be loaded only for the current user in Windows.   Different users can have different settings.   In a Windows-networked environment the user's settings will be synced to any pc the user logs onto.



3 . Ini File buttonIni File button

Ini File button

INI file:

With the constant threat of viruses and spyware, network admins may resort to locking down user permissions to modifying the registry.   If this is the case you may encounter errors when trying to save your settings to the registry.*   You can either request to be given administrative rights or use an INI file to store your settings.   The INI file resides in the OLMonitor folder and circumvents any issues with registry permissions.   The settings in the INI file are available to all users of the pc.   The INI file can also prove useful for copying settings from one pc to another.

*On rare occasions there were some issues with OlMonitor being able to access the "C:\Users\Public\Documents\OlMonitor" folder, where the ini file resides.   Newer versions of OL Monitor attempt to detect this condition and advise to change the folder properties to allow access.



4 . Export Options buttonExport Options button

Export Options button

Detailed tutorial on backing up settings: Step 3: Two ways to backup


Notes on exporting/backup settings:

I like to recommend backing up your settings "Remember you should always backup your settings before installing or updating!"

Quickest way to do this is click 'Quick Backup'.

*Don't have 'Quick Backup' because you are running an older version? Just click 'Export Options'.   The window that pops up next can be confusing so read this topic.

Also you can download the Settings Manager program, it sets up quickly (ClickOnce app) and you can do the quick backup from there.   It works with all versions of Ol Monitor.


Export Options button:

Click the Export Options button to export registry settings to a .reg file.   This is useful for backing up your settings or transferring your settings to another computer.

When you click a window will open for you to choose a filename.

Some have encountered issues with using this function in Windows 7.   If this happens to you try using the Quick Backup and/or Settings Manager application.


5 . Erase  buttonErase button

Erase  button

Click this button to erase all settings from the registry.   When the program is uninstalled your settings are normally left behind incase you are upgrading.   If you want to completely erase the settings from the registry use this button.


6 . Import Options buttonImport Options button

Import Options button

Click this to import settings from a previously exported .reg file.   Alternatively settings from a .reg file can be imported simply by double clicking the file itself.


7 . Password protect settingsPassword protect settings

Password protect settings

You can prevent users from making changes to options unless they know the password.  

Below version 1.59: Since most would prefer not having yet another password to memorize, the same password is used for both the Sunquest login and the settings password.

Above version 1.59: Separated Sunquest login and settings password. Added password entry box where password entered is hidden

If this option has been enabled you will also need the password to disable it.

If this option has been enabled users will also not be able to change the settings location withouth the password using the options drop-down menu on the main window.


8 . Settings ManagerSettings Manager

Settings Manager

There is now a special program you can use to manage your settings: Ol Monitor Settings Manager

The settings manager is built-in to Ol Monitor versions 1.81 and above.

You can also download the Settings manager here:

Settings manager is useful for working with your settings outside of OL Monitor, making quick backups, and moving specific settings from one location to another.

9 . Quick BackupQuick Backup

Quick Backup

Detailed tutorial on backing up settings: Step 3: Two ways to backup


Starting with version 1.81 and above you can make a quick backup of settings by clicking this link.

This utilizes the quick backup feature of settings manager.

Clicking the link will launch Settings Manager with a command to backup immediately and then close.

The files will be backed up to your My Documents folder in a subfolder with the current date.


"C:\Documents and Settings\Eric\My Documents\10_1_2012"


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