Tailoring survey settings

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Snap Desktop can be configured with a number of different setup options for your surveys.

The buttons for many of the tailoring dialogs are shown in the table


Keep the changes until further alterations are made.


Keep the changes for the duration of the session (revert to original settings when the dialog is closed).


Abandon any changes.

Variable tailoring

  • Variable Order shows the order that the variable are displayed, by name or ascending sequence number
  • Show Overview Columns allows extra columns to be added to the content of the Variables window.
  • Show Counts in Details shows the option for showing the response counts in the Variables window. The speed that the Variables window loads can be increased when the counts are not displayed. This can be used when there are a large number of responses.

Reports tailoring

The Reports Tailoring dialog sets how to export the report to the printer or to a file. If exporting to a file, you can import the results into a spreadsheet or other available file type.


Reports will be output to

Printer: Send the report to the printer in the specified layout

Export: Write the report to a file of the specified format and in the specified directory

Page Details

Open the Page Setup dialog to specify how the report will be printed.

File Details

Open the File Details dialog to specify how the report files will be numbered, and whether the data will be appended or overwritten

Export file type

Specify the format of the file required by the package that you are exporting.

Spellings tailoring

Snap Desktop comes with 13 standard dictionaries. Each is held in a separate file with the extension of .lex. The standard dictionary is selected under the Main Dictionary File option in the Spell Checker Options dialog. In addition, a further dictionary is provided to store the user’s own library of regularly used words that may not appear in the standard dictionaries. The supplied dictionary is called custom.dic and further specialist dictionaries can be created if it is necessary to keep regularly used and perhaps industry specific words in their own dictionary.

Snap Desktop is configured so that your preferred dictionary is loaded together with the custom dictionary. If a word is not located in the standard dictionary, the custom dictionary is searched. If the word is not located at all but is valid, then it can be stored in the custom dictionary for future use. You can change the custom dictionary by selecting Tailor | Spelling.


Always suggest corrections

Check to suggest possible correct spellings from the selected dictionaries

Suggest from main dictionaries only

Check to ignore the custom dictionary

Ignore words in UPPERCASE

Check to omit spell checking for words that are in all capitals will be ignored.

Ignore words with numbers

Check to omit spell-checking for words that are include digits, e.g. frog1, rel8 will be ignored.

Ignore internet and file addresses

Check to omit word combinations that look like pathnames or internet addresses

Custom dictionary

Opens the Custom Dictionary dialog to allow you to add an extra dictionary containing your own words to. Words unknown to the spell checker can be added to the selected custom dictionary

Main dictionaries

Opens the Main Dictionary dialog to add an extra language dictionary

Questionnaire design tailoring

Set the default behaviour of the Questionnaire design window.


Switch to Design Mode when typing

Check to automatically change to Design mode from Style mode when you type

Switch to Design Mode by double-click

Check to automatically change to Design mode from Style mode when you double-click

Switch to Style Mode by double-click

Check to automatically change to Style mode from Design mode when you double-click

Favour style changes for font settings

If whole field selected, change the style when you change a font

Prompt for extended style assignments

Check to open Extended Style assignments dialog if you re-apply a style to a changed version of that style. (Allows changing the style to match the changes or over-writing the changes)

Automatically renumber questionnaire

Check to update the numbering so it runs in sequence if questions are re-ordered. Clear to keep the numbers as they are.

Mode and Colour

Set the selection colour highlight for the specified mode

Expand dropdowns

Check to display all dropdown lists in full, uncheck to only display selected list

Hide boxes with data

Check to conceal the box outline around data in Data View

Show white space

Display space and paragraph markers

Show field borders

Use dotted lines to show the edges of the question components

Underline fallback font

If a specified character is not available in the selected font, underline the font used by Snap to display the character

Analysis variables tailoring

The Analysis Variables Tailoring dialog provides settings which control the overall presentation of analyses and dictate how missing data is to be handled.



Set to number of significant figures used in results


Set to number of decimal places used to display percentages


Set to number of significant figures used in calculation

% Sign

Check to display in %signs

Exclude case

Completely exclude a case if one of its variable responses is missing

Substitute mean

If a case has a missing variable response, substitute the mean of the other valid responses to the variable

Reference tailoring

You can use the tailoring dialog to specify:

  • which language topic names are displayed in
  • how the preview pane appears

Topic Language

Select language that the topic names are displayed in. This will be the same for all language versions.


Makes the topic name appear in the same language as the variables within the topic (set on the Reference window toolbar).

Languages associated with Survey/SurveyPak

Makes the topic name appear in the specified language, no matter which language you are viewing the variables in

Scale variable preview

Specify how the selected variable is previewed

Not scaled

Appears at same size and proportions as it would appear in the Questionnaire window

Scaled to fit window

Appears in the same proportions as it would appear in the Questionnaire window but scaled to fit in the preview pane

Scaled if too wide

As above, but only scaled if too wide to appear in the preview pane

Drawn to fit window

Appears at the same size as it would in the Questionnaire window, but with proportions suitable to the preview pane (possibly adding word or line breaks)

Advanced tailoring


The General tab allows you to set the default settings for the way Snap opens.

Initial window to display

Open the survey in the specified view

Default publication medium

Specify the default edition for new surveys

Separate code lists using

Specify the text used in between variables when using text substitution with multiple variables. For example, “and” gives code1, code2 and code 3

Auto generated label length

Default length for code labels

Use colours in export to RTF

Include colours when exporting to rich text format files

Limit printed reports to a maximum of 500 pages

Truncate reports (required if reports contain many literal responses)

The Content tab shows settings for HTML publishing and images.

The Embedding tab specifies how the data is stored in the survey. By default all data is embedded.