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Editing Preferences Help

When you single-click on the aQtive icon in the onCue window, you'll see the option More.... Select this to open the Preferences dialogue box, where you can adjust the appearance and behaviour of onCue.

Pressing F1 or clicking Help at the bottom of the Preferences window will open this Help page. You can use the Feedback button to contact us - either about things you would like to see in future releases of onCue, or if you have any comments or queries about onCue or onCue Preferences that are not covered in this documentation.

The Apply button applies the changes you make in the Preferences window to onCue.

Related pages:

Qbits | appearance | schemes | advanced | about

Preferences options


This page lets you choose which Qbits onCue displays when it recognises something you copy. A description of each Qbit is provided when you hover the mouse cursor over each icon. Click the checkbox to turn a Qbit on or off, then click Apply to activate the changes. Qbits that are not checked will not be suggested by onCue. Use this to disable Qbits that aren't relevant to you - you can enable them again at any time.


Here you can change the layout of the onCue window, and some more advanced settings.

Change layout

  • set the window size (in rows and columns). The number can range from 1 to the maximum that will fit on the screen.
  • specify the icon position. There are two ways to do this
    • click in the square that represents the icon position you want
    • type the row and column numbers in the fields below Icon:
      Positive numbers offset from the top left and negative numbers from the bottom right.

Fading speed

  • you can change the speed at which the Qbit icons fade in and out of the onCue window.
  • there are four settings:
    • regular is the default setting
    • fast - the icons appear more quickly but less smoothly
    • instant - icons appear and disappear without fading
    • custom allows you to make your own settings as described in the next section.

Advanced settings

  • change the Fading options to alter the way in which icons fade in and out of view (changes do not take effect until the next time you start onCue)
    • Delay
      this value defines the time delay (in milliseconds) between each frame. A smaller number will make the icons fade more rapidly, but consume more memory. The default value is 50 milliseconds.
    • Steps
      this value defines the number of frames used to fade the icons in and out.The default is 25. Smaller numbers will make the icons appear more quickly, but less smoothly. The minimum is 1 (no fading).
    • Threshold
      this value specifies how many frames away from fading out completely the icons should stop at when onCue suggests the same service following a change to the copied information. The minimum is 0 (icons fade out completely before being re-suggested). The maximum is the current Steps value. The default value is 11, which means the icon fades just over halfway before reappearing.
  • set the Window options
    • always on top
      by default, the onCue window floats above anything else on the screen. You can uncheck this option.
    • frame
      by default, the window does not display a standard window frame, but you may want to enable this option, for example to access onCue from the Windows taskbar. You should check this option if you uncheck always on top, so that you can access the onCue window from the taskbar if it disappears beneath other open windows.

Qbits | appearance | schemes | advanced | about


You can specify a colour scheme for onCue, including a background image if you want one. Schemes you create can be saved with a particular name to use again later. We are working on improving the schemes interface in future releases.

To change the colour scheme:

  • choose colours
    • the drop-down menu lets you specify colours for the different elements of the onCue window, background, border, menu, etc. Select an element from this menu, then
    • click on the colour button to open the colour selection window
    • colour selection
      • choose a colour in the left-hand box in the colour selection window
      • specify brightness with the vertical slider
      • changes are shown in the colour box on the right, and as HSB values.
      • click OK to confirm the colour choice and Apply to the onCue window
  • if you also want to give the onCue window a background image, use the Browse... button to open an image file from your hard disk. Currently we only support two file formats for the background image: GIF and JPEG. There are 3 placement options:
    • stretch
    • center
    • tile
  • You can see the effect of each of these by selecting it and clicking Apply.

If you want to save different colour schemes, perhaps because you work on a shared computer, click Save as... and type a name for the scheme. You will then be able to select it in the Schemes menu and apply it to onCue by clicking Apply. Note: the name showing in the menu-box is not necessarily the current colour scheme for onCue, unless your last action was to select and apply a saved scheme.

At the moment, if you save with the same name as an existing scheme, the earlier scheme will be overwritten without warning you. When you press the delete button, the scheme indicated in the Scheme box will be deleted and you will not be able to recover it.

Qbits | appearance | schemes | advanced | about


There are 3 options in the advanced preferences:

  • Check for new version
    onCue will periodically access the aQtive website when you are connected to the Internet and, if you have the update Qbit enabled (see the Icon Guide, will tell you when an updated version is available. We are continually adding new services to onCue, so it's a good idea to keep this option checked so that you can take advantage of them.
  • Send registration details
    If you opted not to register during install, this option will be unselected. We strongly encourage you to register onCue if you continue to use it. When you are ready to register, check the box, and enter your details in the About preferences section. The next time you use an onCue Internet service, onCue will send your registration information to aQtive. This is a one-off procedure.
  • Qbit XML-Path
    This tells the system where to find its list of Qbits. the default is lib/qbits.xml (path relative to the aQtive directory). You should not normally need to change this value. If you write Qbits of your own (see Extend onCue) you will need to know this path in order to put them in the right place.

Qbits | appearance | schemes | advanced | about


This is where you should enter your registration details if you have not already registered onCue. See Advanced for more about registering. You'll also find the version number of this copy of onCue here.

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