Edit Menu


The options under the Edit menu allow users to set display and file management preferences, to open a new viewer form for selecting EFT criteria (scenarios/indicators/years), and to name/rename viewer forms.

The option to add a new viewer form can also be accessed by clicking on the Add Viewer toolbar button.

The options under the Edit menu are:


This option is currently not enabled.  Future releases of the EFT Reader will include access, with permission, to a database table listing the individuals who are involved with EFT model development.


Provides options for specifying output display colours and where finished reports will be stored on your computer, file management options for reports, and database security options.

Add Viewer

Opens a new Viewer form for selecting EFT criteria to be used for viewing model output  (e.g., Annual or Roll-Up views) and for generating reports.

Rename Viewer

Allows users to name or rename an open Viewer form.



Access the Preferences form by choosing Preferences from the Edit menu.  

The Preferences form has four tabs:

The tabs and options on this form are:


Specify the way your output looks by selecting different colors for performance measure thresholds, and background colors for text cells and header cells.  Make your selections from the drop-down lists for each component.  Also on this tab, you can limit the number of Viewer forms that can be open at any one time (the maximum is 10).


Specify where the EFT Reader stores finished reports, set the number of days to retain finished reports on your computer, and specify the maximum number of reports that can be generated at once (default is 10; maximum capacity is 50).

Spatial Reports

Set basemap, animation and pop-up window specifications on this tab:

  • Specify the basemap to use for spatial reporting - choose either National Geographic or Imagery; National Geographic maps are less complex than Imagery maps, and reports with these maps take a little less time to generate.
  • Set the level of transparency on the basemap - increasing the % transparency lightens the background of the map so the data points and polygons are easier to see.
  • Specify cache size and the periodicity of cache clearing.  
  • Set the speed at which the animations progress in the time-series reports on a sliding scale from slow to fast.
  • Specify the size of the pop-up that displays information about the data points and polygons; also specify the font size for titles and axes.   


Select the permissions level that applies to you.  The default permissions setting is Anonymous login which automatically logs the user into the public read-only version of the EFT database.  The Normal login is not enabled in the current release.  In future, users granted credentials for this type of database login would be able to see additional private scenarios. The Configure Database option is available for users who have their own SQL Server environment, and who have been trained to create and run EFT scenarios. This is considered an advanced application of the software. This type of use requires detailed understanding of data loading and scenario configuration, steps that are not currently automated.

Add Viewer

Click on this option under the Edit menu to open a Viewer form that lists the EFT criteria (i.e., scenarios, indicators and years) for which model output can be viewed.  The same form can be opened by clicking on the toolbar button of the same name.  This form can be sized by left-clicking and dragging any corner or side of the form. 

The options on this form are:

Scenario list

Lists and briefly describes all of the scenarios for which output can be viewed

Indicator list

Lists and briefly describes all of the performance measures for which output can be viewed

Year list

Lists the years for which model output exists (1920 - 2005); if you select multiple scenarios on the Viewer form, only the years for which output exists for all selected scenarios will be enabled in the list.

Rename Viewer

Click on this option under the Edit menu to name, or rename, a Viewer form.  

To name or rename a Viewer form:

  1. With the form you wish to name or rename open, select Rename Viewer from the Edit menu.

If you have more than one Viewer form open, click on the one you want to rename to give it the focus before opening the Rename Viewer form.

  1. Type the name you wish to use for the form directly into the New Viewer Name field.
  2. Click OK to close the Rename Viewer form.
  3. The new name will be saved the next time you save your EFT file.