Advanced Settings/Interface

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Advanced Settings window: Interface section

The Interface section allows you to set various options related to the game's interface. The purpose of the available settings is explained below. For each setting, the respective variable from the config file is listed with its possible values.

Contents

The Interface section of the Advanced Settings window (1.1.1)

Display options

Interface: Display options (OpenTTD 1.3.1)

Use the [long] date format for savegame names

Feature availability (since 0.7.0)

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Allows you to choose between three types of date notation for the name of savegames.

Possible Settings: long (31st Dec 2008), short (31-12-2008) or iso (2008-12-31)
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] date_format_in_default_names = <long|short|iso>)

Show town population in the town name label

Feature availability (since 0.3.6)

<1.0

1.0-1.2

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Display the population of a town inside the same label as the name of a town. With this option on you don't have to open a town's window to see how big it is.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] population_in_label = <true|false>)

Show a measurement tooltip when using various build-tools

Feature availability (since 0.5.0)

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1.0-1.2

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Show a tooltip which indicates length, area and/or height when using various build-tools.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] measure_tooltip = <true|false>)

Use loading indicators

Feature availability (since 0.6.0)

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1.0-1.2

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This function will display loading indicators above vehicles, which displays the amount of cargo in a vehicle when loading/unloading in percents.

Possible Settings: Off, Own company or All companies
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] loading_indicators = <0-2>)

Show company liveries

Feature availability (since 0.5.0)

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1.0-1.2

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Set whether or not to show vehicle-type specific livery colours, which can be set through the Company > Colour Scheme dialog.

Possible Settings: Off, Own company or All companies
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] liveries = <0-2>)

Show reserved tracks

Feature availability (since 0.7.0)

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1.0-1.2

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When enabled, tracks that are reserved by trains are made visible. Useful for debugging your path signalled intersections.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] show_track_reservation = <true|false>)

Group expenses in company finance window

Feature availability (since 0.7.0)

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1.0-1.2

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Groups income and expenses in the finance window instead of having just one list with both mixed together.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] expenses_layout = <true|false>)

Land colour used at the smallmap

Feature availability (since 1.0.0)

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Sets the main colour of the minimap to green, dark green or violet.

Possible Settings: Green, Dark green or Violet
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] smallmap_land_colour = <0-2>)

Zoom level boundaries

Feature availability (since 1.2.0)

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Maximum zoom level and minimum zoom level allow you to set the most zoomed-out and most zoomed-in state which the mouse wheel will allow to zoom-in or zoom-out.

The intention is to not need to load all (big) sprites for a certain zoom-in level or not run into a lag on evolved games by preventing to accidentially zoom-out more than usually intended.


Maximum zoom-in

Possible Settings:4x, 2x, normal
In openttd.cfg config file: [gui] zoom_min = <0-2> (0=4x, 1=2x, 2=normal)

Maximum zoom-out

Possible Settings: 2x, 4x, 8x
In openttd.cfg config file: [gui] zoom_max = <3-5> (3=2x, 4=4x, 5=8x)

Graph line thickness

Feature availability (since 1.2.0)

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Defines the widths of lines in graphs like the payment graph, company chart etc.

Possible Settings:1 - 5
In openttd.cfg config file: [gui] graph_line_thickness = <1-5>

Interaction

Interface Interaction settings (OpenTTD 1.3.1)

Window snap radius

Feature availability (since 0.3.5)

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1.0-1.2

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Radius in pixels in which a window being dragged will automatically snap to the edge of another window or the edge of the screen.

Possible Settings: disabled or 1 to 32px
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] window_snap_radius = <num_val>)

Maximum number of non-sticky windows

Feature availability (since 0.7.0)

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1.0-1.2

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Sets the amount of windows that can be open at any point in time, not counting sticky windows. If more windows are opened than the limit set here, the oldest windows will be closed automatically.

Possible Settings: disabled or 5 to 255
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] window_soft_limit = <num_val>)

Link landscape toolbar to rail/road/water/airport toolbars

Feature availability (since 0.4.0.1)

<1.0

1.0-1.2

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When clicking on one of Railroad build button.png Rail Construction, Road build button.png Road Construction, Dock build button.png Dock Construction or Airport build button.png Airport Construction buttons on the Menu Bar the Landscaping toolbar will be opened along with the relevant construction toolbar. When you close an open construction toolbar, the open landscape toolbar will close with it.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] link_terraform_toolbar = <true|false>)


Prefer team chat with <ENTER>

Feature availability (since 0.5.0)

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1.0-1.2

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With this option enabled, chat messages will only be sent to team members instead of all players, when pressing the Enter key.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] prefer_teamchat = <true|false>)

Pan window when mouse is at the edge

Feature availability (since 0.2.0)

<1.0

1.0-1.2

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Nightly

When the mouse is at the edge of the window the view will scroll.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] autoscroll = <true|false>)

Reverse scroll direction

Feature availability (since 0.4.5)

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1.0-1.2

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When right clicking, the view will scroll in the opposite direction.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] reverse_scroll = <true|false>)

Smooth viewport scrolling

Feature availability (since 0.6.0)

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1.0-1.2

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With this option enabled, the viewport scrolls smoothly to center the view when clicking on a news item or the 'Location' button in various windows, instead of 'jumping' to the location.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] smooth_scroll = <true|false>)

Left-click scrolling

Feature availability (since 0.7.0)

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1.0-1.2

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With this option enabled, you can use the left mouse button as a 'hand tool' to click-and-drag the map across the screen. This option does not replace the old rightclick-and-drag behaviour (still enabled).

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] left_mouse_btn_scrolling = <true|false>)


Function of scrollwheel

Feature availability (since 0.6.0)

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1.0-1.2

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Set whether to use the mouse's scroll wheel for zooming, scrolling the map or disabling it.

Possible Settings: Zoom map, Scroll map or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] scrollwheel_scrolling = <0-2>)

Map scrollwheel speed

Feature availability (since 0.6.0)

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1.0-1.2

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Sets the sensitivity of the scrollwheel.

Possible Settings: 1 to 15
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] scrollwheel_multiplier = <num_val>)

Sound Effects

Interface: Sound Effects settings (OpenTTD 1.3.1)

News and Messages

Interface: News and Message settings (OpenTTD 1.3.1)
Interface: General settings (OpenTTD 1.3.1)

Show finances window at the end of the year

Feature availability (since 0.2.0)

<1.0

1.0-1.2

1.3

1.4

1.5-1.7

Nightly

Whether or not the finances window is shown at the end of the year.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] show_finances = <true|false>)

Duration of error message

Feature availability (since 0.3.2)

<1.0

1.0-1.2

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Amount of seconds error messages are shown for.

Possible Settings: 0 to 20
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] errmsg_duration = <num_val>)

Show tooltips

Feature availability (since 1.1.0)

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1.0-1.2

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Possible Settings: Right click or Hover for 1 second to 5 seconds
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] hover_delay = <num_val>)

Position of the main toolbar

Feature availability (since 0.3.4)

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Location of the toolbar containing all construction tools.

Possible Settings: Left, Centre or Right
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] toolbar_pos = <0-2>)

Position of statusbar

Feature availability (since 1.1.0)

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Location of the statusbar.

Possible Settings: Left, Centre or Right
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] statusbar_pos = <0-2>)

Automatically pause when starting a new game

Feature availability (since 0.6.0)

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1.0-1.2

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Enabling this option will automatically set the game in pause mode when starting a new game.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] pause_on_newgame = <true|false>)

Use the advanced vehicle list

Feature availability (since 0.6.0)

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1.0-1.2

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Nightly

The advanced vehicle list allows to place vehicles in groups and perform certain actions on groups, such as replace vehicles and sending to depot.

Possible Settings: Off, Own company or All companies
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] advanced_vehicle_list = <0-2>)

Show timetable in ticks rather than days

Feature availability (since 0.6.0)

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1.0-1.2

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Nightly

Increases the precision of the timetable feature, where one day equals about 74 game ticks.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] timetable_in_ticks = <true|false>)

Show arrival and departure in timetables

Feature availability (since 1.0.0)

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1.0-1.2

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Nightly

Enable/disable the column of arrivals and departures in timetable window.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] timetable_arrival_departure = <true|false>)

Quick creation of vehicle orders

Feature availability (since 0.7.0)

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With this enabled, the 'Go To' function of the vehicle order window will stay active after clicking on a station. This allows you to rapidly click more stations without having to click the 'Go To' button between each station.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] quick_goto = <true|false>)

Default rail type (after new game/game load)

Feature availability (since 0.6.0)

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Set what rail type to use as default.

Possible Settings: First available, Last available or Most used
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] default_rail_type = <num_val>)

Disable infrastructure building when no suitable vehicles are available

Feature availability (since 0.6.0)

<1.0

1.0-1.2

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Nightly

Makes it possible to use a certain building tool even when no vehicles are available for that type of infrastructure.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] always_build_infrastructure = <true|false>)

Keep building tools active after usage

Feature availability (since 0.7.0)

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1.0-1.2

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Keeps for instance the bus station construction window open after placing a new bus station. This allows you to rapidly place multiple bus stations without having to click the Build bus station button first.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] persistent_buildingtools = <true|false>)

Coloured news appears in

Feature availability (since 0.3.2)

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1.0-1.2

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Nightly

The year in which coloured newspapers appear. This option has been moved from Economy section in 0.7.0.

Possible Settings: 0 to 5,000,000
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] colored_news_year = <year>)

In previous versions

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Display options

Show vehicle speed in status bar

Feature availability (since 0.2.0 to 1.0.5)

<1.0

1.0-1.2

1.3

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Nightly

Whether or not the vehicle speed is shown in the vehicle window status bar, where you can stop or start the vehicle.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] vehicle_speed = <true|false>)

Always show long date in the status bar

Feature availability (since 0.2.0 to 1.0.5)

<1.0

1.0-1.2

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Nightly

Shows the full date at the bottom of the screen all the time rather than just in pause mode.

Possible Settings: On or Off
In Openttd.cfg config file: ([gui] status_long_date = <true|false>)

See also

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