Saving your Programming

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SAVING YOUR PROGRAMMING

When you are happy with the way the keys work, then you are ready to "save" the changes. If you don't save them, they won't be there next time you use DM. However, once they're saved, they can't be accidentally changed until you "save" something new.

To save your Custom Programmed Function Keys, press the F8 key. Choose option 6 (Save to DM.COM). Your changes will be saved to disk.

Since DM takes up about 100k of memory, it uses up space that would ordinarily be used to execute your program. It is not recommended that you use DM to execute files for everyday use. In other words, you should execute your programs directly from DOS to work on your database files, spreadsheet files, or word processor files. The purpose of executing a file directly from DM is to look at a file to see what's in it, not to work on it. DM can only execute DOS commands as they would be entered on the command line. If you can't do something from the DOS command line, you can't do it from DM.

Some software programs are written with internal limitations that make them unsuitable for loading with data files directly from DM. DM can't make the function keys do something with your software that your software won't do in the first place. Remember the test: If you can't do it from the DOS command line, you can't do it from DM.

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