Over the menu "Settings > Options", you can reach the options, where you can adjust some settings regarding the used formats. Another section dealing with this topic, you can find in the help section Settings. An explanation of the functions of other program parts of the Unit Converter can be found in the function overview.
- Format of the Values > Simple: Formats the numeric values used as a normal number that is as short as possible, such as 120, 12.78, or 1 instead of 120,000, 12,780, or the like. If the number is too long, a notation with exponent is used, for example, 1.78E19. You can also set how many digits the exponent should have, such as two (1.78E19) or three (1.78E019).
- Format of the Values > General: The values are formatted as normal number, as short as possible, for example 120, 12.78, or 1 instead of 120.000 or 12.780. If the resulting number is to long, an exponential format like 1,78E19 is used. In addition, it is possible to set the number of exponent places, for example two (1,78E19) or three (1,78E019).
- Format of the Values > Fixed Length: A fixed length for numbers is used. When formatting with three decimal numbers, the numbers will look like 1,000 and with two decimal places 1,00 independent from whether the number could be represented in any shorter way. Behind the option, you can set the digits before the point. If this number is not high enough to represent the value, an exponential format is used.
- Format of the Values > Scientific: The scientific format always uses the exponential format, for example 1,23E3 instead of 1230 and so on. Again, it is possible to set the places of the exponent.
- Format of the Values > Each with this Number of Decimal Places: Here you can set the number of decimal places used in all of the formats. In the general mode, this number only is used if necessary, in the fixed mode at every value.
- Format of the Values > Set Prefixes automatically (1000 m -> 1 km): If this option is enabled, in the table view and in the compare view, prefixes will be set automatically whenever values are smaller than 1 or greater than 1000. For example, 1000 m will be rewritten to 1 km. If this option is disabled, an exponent will be used if the values are to great, for instance 1E21.
- Format of the Values > Use Fractions (0.3333.. -> 1/3): If this option is enabled, fractions are used in the converter if possible, for example 1/3 instead of 0.3333.. . If this option is not enabled, only floating point values like 0.33333.. will be used.
- Format of the Units > Characters between: Here you can set arbitrary characters which will be used between the value and the unit (1,00Xkg), the prefix and the unit (1,00 NanoXKilogram) and between the prefix and the shortcut (1,00Xkg). A possibility is to use blanks (1 kg) or do no enter anything into the boxes (1kg).
- Format of the Units > Cut Unit after this Character: Often, more than one name is defined for a unit, for example Mile/Meile. If you set a character here, for example /, only the word Mile is copied. With this option, you can also write some comments behind some units and these comments will not be copied.
- Format of the Units > Prefer Shortcut or full Names of Units: Depending on your settings in this section, the unit is copied with the shortcut (1 kg) or with the full name of the unit (1 kilogram). If no shortcut is defined, the full name is used in each case.
- Decimal Separator: Depending on the system, a point (1.0) or a comma (1,0) is used as separator. Pre defined is the separator of your system, but you can also use the other one.