Version 5 Manual

General Options

Screenshot of PingPlotter Options

Show icon in tool tray

PingPlotter can be minimized to the "tool tray", the small icon "tray" where the clock normally sits, and where a number of other notification icons might appear.
Enabling this option will turn on a tray icon at all times. When PingPlotter is minimized, it will only be visible in the tray. When it’s not minimized, it will show on the taskbar and the tool tray. Alert conditions can be surfaced through the tool tray as well, in which case the icon will change to red and a message might appear.

Minimize PingPlotter when Windows "close" command is used

Turn on this option to cause PingPlotter to minimize instead of close when the "X" button is hit.

If you normally run PingPlotter all the time, you might not want it to close if you accidentally hit the "close" button on the application.Turning on this option will make PingPlotter minimize instead of close. To close PingPotter, use the "File" -> "Exit" menu option, or if PingPlotter is minimized to the tray, use the right-click "Close" command. Note: using the close command from the taskbar will *not* close PingPlotter, as that is equivalent to using the X button.

Disable hardware graphics acceleration

Check this box if you notice the Timeline Graphs freezing or not updating. This behavior has been specifically related to how 11th Gen Intel processor utilize hardware graphics acceleration.

Include settings name in target descriptions

In PingPlotter Pro, when tracing to the same target with different engine settings (see our named configurations documentation for more details), the only way to distinguish between the settings is by the named configuration. If you're only using one named configuration (or if you're tracing to all different targets), then this is not so helpful. Turn on this option to show the named configuration on all tabs and time graphs. For the summary graph, turn on the "Settings" column to show the named configuration used for that target.

Do not open targets on launch

Use this option if you want a fresh instance of PingPlotter every time you open the application.

Show Welcome Splash on Startup

This option allows you to adjust the amount of time the splash screen is shown on start up of the program (there's also an option in the drop-down to not show the splash screen at all).

Timeline graph minimum height

This setting controls how small timeline graphs can become before the size of timeline graphs becomes fixed and a scrolling container is implemented.

Default to automatically follow target IP changes

Dynamic DNS is a popular way of running servers without a static IP address. This feature allows for tracking dynamic DNS changes.

Create timeline graph comment when target IP changes

This option will add a comment to the timeline graph whenever the IP address of the target changes.

**Some of the features listed in this topic are only available in PingPlotter Pro and/or PingPlotter Standard. See our product comparison page for more details**