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Settings in the global profile are provided as fallback options that are used if a specific user's profile does not have the required information. For example, if the global profile's MDA (multi-dimensional data acquisition) dialog defaults to a 10-timepoint time series, then the first time a new user runs the program, they would "inherit" that time series as their default acquisition settings. However, if they then changed to a 20-timepoint series, then in future sessions, their new preference would be remembered, even if the global profile were to be updated.
 
Settings in the global profile are provided as fallback options that are used if a specific user's profile does not have the required information. For example, if the global profile's MDA (multi-dimensional data acquisition) dialog defaults to a 10-timepoint time series, then the first time a new user runs the program, they would "inherit" that time series as their default acquisition settings. However, if they then changed to a 20-timepoint series, then in future sessions, their new preference would be remembered, even if the global profile were to be updated.
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Latest revision as of 10:51, 30 March 2020

Micro-Manager 2.0 includes a User Profile system, which is used to remember user settings (like window positions, acquisition settings, and preferred hardware config files) across multiple program sessions. Whereas (on Windows) Micro-Manager 1.4 stored this settings information in the registry, Micro-Manager 2.0 instead stores settings in files in the user's home directory. To be specific, profile files on Windows are located at C:\Users\currentUserName\AppData\Local\Micro-Manager. The "Profiles.txt" file in that directory contains a mapping of user names to their profile files, e.g. telling you that the "Default user" profile maps to profile-1.txt.

Multiple profiles may be used for a single operating system user. This is useful for setups where there is a single "microscope user" on the operating system, which is shared between multiple people. When you launch Micro-Manager, you will be prompted for which profile to use, and given the option to create a new profile. If you have separate operating system users for each person who controls the scope, then you can simply use the "Default user" profile; as each person has a separate account on the computer, their "Default users" will hold separate settings.

You can also create a "global" profile which contains settings that are shared across all users on the system. This profile must be accessible to all users, potentially across multiple accounts; therefore (if it exists) it is located in the Micro-Manager installation itself. For example, if your install is at C:\Program Files\Micro-Manager-2.0, then the global profile would be located at C:\Program Files\Micro-Manager-2.0\GlobalUserProfile.txt.

The global profile does not exist by default; however, you can create it by copying an existing user's profile file (like profile-1.txt mentioned earlier) into your installation directory. You may wish to make the global profile file read-only, so that only users with administrative access to the computer can modify it.

Settings in the global profile are provided as fallback options that are used if a specific user's profile does not have the required information. For example, if the global profile's MDA (multi-dimensional data acquisition) dialog defaults to a 10-timepoint time series, then the first time a new user runs the program, they would "inherit" that time series as their default acquisition settings. However, if they then changed to a 20-timepoint series, then in future sessions, their new preference would be remembered, even if the global profile were to be updated.

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