Options (Notification)

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Notification Options

 

The Notification page of the Options window lets you determine how Ascendis Caller ID notifies you visually about incoming calls.

 

The settings are:

Minimize to notification tray

Causes Ascendis Caller ID to place an icon in the notification tray when minimized.  The Ascendis Caller ID program will also disappear from the task bar.  This keeps Caller ID out of the way until needed.

Run in tray

Causes Ascendis Caller ID to place an icon in the notification tray the entire time it is running.  The  Ascendis Caller ID program will also disappear from the task bar.  This keeps Ascendis Caller ID out of the way at all times.

Don't use tray

Causes Ascendis Caller ID to run as a standard Windows program, with a button on the task bar and no icons in the notification tray.

 

 

Show caller information over notification tray for n seconds

Causes Ascendis Caller ID to create a balloon over the notification tray icon when a call comes in.  It will look something like this: Notification Popup

 

The balloon will not appear if Minimize to notification tray is selected but Ascendis Caller ID is not minimized when the call arrives.  Also, if Minimize to notification tray is selected, then Ascendis Caller ID will only allow this or Bring to top when phone rings to be selected, not both. If this option is disabled even when Minimize to notification tray or Run in tray is selected, then you're running an older version of Windows. Windows XP or newer is required for this feature.

 

 

Bring main window to top when phone rings

Determines whether Ascendis Caller ID will automatically pop up its window when the phone rings.  Ascendis Caller ID will appear in front of whatever you were working on, so you may find this distracting.  However, this will let you see who is calling without having to manually switch to the Caller ID program.  If Minimize to notification tray is selected, then Ascendis Caller ID will only allow this or Show caller information over notification tray to be selected, not both.

Automatically minimize after n seconds

Causes Ascendis Caller ID to minimize itself after the specified number of seconds after a call comes in.  If a modal window (such as Options, Edit Contact, etc.) is displayed then this is ignored.

 

 

Open separate call display window for each call

Determines whether Ascendis Caller ID should open separate windows for each incoming phone call.  This may be useful for busy multi-line situations.

Automatically close call display window after n seconds

Causes Ascendis Caller ID to close the call display window after the specified time has elapsed.

Small window

Generates a rather small window containing varying amounts of the caller's information depending on whether the caller is a known contact:

Notification Window, small Notification Window, small, no buttons Notification Window, small, with address

 

The buttons at the bottom of the window can be disabled to make the window smaller.  See "Show edit/add buttons on small window", below.

 

Right-click in the window to copy the caller's name, number, or all displayed data.

Large/adjustable window

Creates a window that, by default, occupies the whole screen.  The window displays the caller's name and phone number:

Notification Window, large, default transparency

The large size makes the caller information readable from a fair distance.  The window's size and position can be customized by adjusting the size and position while the window is displayed.  The background color and fonts can be customized by right-clicking on the window.  The font size will be reduced if needed to fit the window.

 

By default, the window is displayed at 50% transparency so you can see what's running behind it.  You can change the transparency by right-clicking on the window and choosing "Transparency...".

HTML window

Creates a window from a configurable HTML layout.  By default, the window includes the caller's picture and address for known contacts:

Notification Window, HTML

The window's size and position can be customized by adjusting the size and position while the window is displayed.  The background color, fonts, and transparency can be customized by right-clicking on the window.

 

You can also choose a different layout from the right-click menu, under "Standard Layouts" or "Custom Layouts".  You can edit a standard layout by choosing "Edit Layout" and it will appear under the "Custom Layouts" menu.  Editing the layout requires knowledge of HTML and DWS.  This is the same language used by the Display Panel.

 

While this window looks similar to the Large/adjustable window above, it includes more information by default and allows custom layouts.  However, it does not automatically adjust the font sizes to fit.  You can change the base font size using the right-click menu, and you can adjust relative font sizes for specific elements by editing the layout.

Preview

Click this button to see what the notification would look like for the call currently selected in the Calls list.  (If no call is selected, the first call in the list will appear.  If the Calls list is empty, a dummy call will be added.)

Automatically position small window

Determines whether Ascendis Caller ID will position the small window automatically so that it doesn't overlap any other small notification windows.  Otherwise the small window is always put in the same place, which can be adjusted manually (by moving a displayed notification window).

 

This has no effect on the large notification window.

Show edit/add buttons on small window

Determines whether the "Edit Call Notes" and "Edit Contact" (or "Add Contact") buttons are present in the small notification window.  The buttons are convenient but make the window bigger.

 

 

Open contact window for each call

Causes Ascendis Caller ID to open the contact window corresponding to the new call.  If the caller is not already in the contact list, it is added.

Known callers only

When checked, Ascendis Caller ID will only open the contact window when a caller in the contact list calls.

When not checked, Ascendis Caller ID will open  the contact window for all calls.

Open to tab # n

Specifies which of the tabs in the Contact window should be visible when the window is opened.  "1" corresponds to the first tab, "2" to the second tab, and so on.

 

 

Stop screen saver when phone rings

Determines whether Ascendis Caller ID will attempt to stop the active screen saver when the phone rings.  This may make more CPU time available to Ascendis Caller ID for playing sounds, speech, and other processing.

Wake up monitor when phone rings

Causes Ascendis Caller ID to try to switch the monitor out of power saving mode when the phone rings.

 

 

The OK button saves any changes you made to the settings and closes the window.  The Cancel button closes the window without saving changes.  The Help button brings up this topic in the help file.