• F9
    This dialog is available from the View menu in the main window and allows you to set up preferences for CDBF.


  • Start mode
    CDBF can work in two modes: Browse ( in the form of a table ) and Fields ( in the form of a single record ). When you open a database, CDBF shows it according to your choice.

  • Date format
    Specifies the format for Date and DateTime fields displayed in the program.

  • Date delimiter
    Specifies the delimiter for Date and DateTime fields displayed in the program. It's possible to choose system delimiter or define it yourself.

  • Alignment
    Allows you to align the data in character fields after editing.

  • Codepage
    If the header of a database does not contain the explanation of the codepage, then CDBF can try to detect the codepage automatically or it can be defined manually.

  • Memo-fields
    CDBF can show state or content of the memo-field.


  • Parameters
    You can customise a font, colors, and height of rows of the main window of CDBF.

  • International
    This section allows you to use another Help-file or another interface language.


  • Associate DBF file type with CDBF
    This means that when you double click on a file of such type in Explorer, it will be opened in CDBF.

  • Progress-bar
    CDBF can show a progress bar during some long operations, such as "Sort", "Filter", "Sum" etc.

  • Read-only mode at startup
    CDBF can work as a viewer only. Check this option if you are afraid of damaging your data accidentally.

  • Read-only mode at startup
    CDBF can show records in reverse order. It can be helpful in some situations, such as when you accumulate data in the database.

  • Auto save setup
    If checked, CDBF will save settings of columns of databases automatically.

  • Aliases mode at startup and file open
    If checked, CDBF uses aliases for new files.

  • Save setting
    CDBF will save settings of columns in:
    • a separate file in the home directory (CDBFW.HST).
    • a separate file in each directory where you view or edit databases (CDBFW.HST).
    • a file with the same name and .HST extension.

  • Escape
    CDBF can handle the ESC key in various ways.
    • Does nothing.
    • Closes CDBF. This feature is useful when you use CDBF as a file viewer with any file manager like WinCommander.
    • Minimizes CDBF. By pressing one key you can hide CDBF from the screen, but leave it in memory for further work.


  • These switches allow you to switch off confirmation messages in the program.
    Be careful. You can easily lose all your data.


  • Do not remember current record when you filter or sort a database
    By default CDBF keeps current record.

  • Disable sounds effects
    Do not use Windows sounds in message boxes.

  • Maximize first child window
    Old behavior emulation.

  • Transparency of 'Properties' window
    Use this option to set the 'Properties' window transparency level. This option is available under Windows 2000 and Windows XP only. At 10% the window will be almost opaque. And at 90% it will be hardly visible.

  • Root directory
    • Use default
      Let Windows choose a directory in Open/Save dialogs.
    • Remember last directory
      CDBF will use a directory that has been used last time.
    • Use this
      You can specify some specific directory.