The settings in Project Options can be saved into templates so that you can easily apply them to your different projects without needing to write down your preferred settings or go back to your old projects to check the settings. This is particularly useful for keeping your preferred statistical testing settings (Statistical Assumptions) consistent between your projects.
Applying a template
To apply a template to your current project you can select Edit > Project Options > Apply Template. This will replace whatever options you have currently chosen within the Project Options with the options from the template.
Default templates are set using Edit > User Options > Templates and selecting your preferred default.
Saving a Template
To save your own preferred settings as a project template:
- Open or create a project.
- Ensure that the settings in Project Options are as you require.
- Select New items for any Rules that you wish automatically applied in new projects.
- Select Edit > Project Options > Save As Template. Be sure to save the template file into the "Built-in Templates" sub-folder within your Q program directory (eg: C:\Program Files\Q\Built-In Project Templates).
- Choose a name for the template and click Save.
There are four built-in templates for the Statistical Assumptions section of the project options, which correspond to the most common preferences for statistical testing.
These options are Q's standard significance default settings.
- Show significance is set to Arrows and font colors
- Overall significance level is set to 0.05.
- Minimal sample size for test is set to 2
- Extra deff is set to 1
- Significance levels and appreances for lowercase and uppercase letters in the Column Comparisons tests are 0.05 through 0.000001; Postive color is Blue and Negative color is Red.
These are Q's default test type options:
- Proportions test is set to Non-parametric without Bessel's correction
- Means test is set to t-test with Bessel's correction
- Equal variance in when sample size is less than is set to 10
- Correlations is set to Pearson
- Date is set to Compare to rest of data
This is the default option for Q's default Exceptions Tests:
- Multiple comparison correction is set to Fales Discovery Rate (FDR); Within row and span is unclecked
These are Q's default Column Comparisons options:
- Multiple comparison correction is set to Fales Discovery Rate (FDR); Within row and span is checked
- Overlaps is set to Default
- No test symbol is set to
- Symbol for non-significant test is set to
- ANOVA-Type test is unchecked
- Show as groups is unchecked
- Show redundant tests is unchecked
- Recycle column letters is checked
- You can have multiple project templates.
- You can manually copy template files from another user onto your own computer. The easiest way to find the correct location is to use Edit > Project Options > Save as Template and observe the directory it shows.
- You can change the directory used for templates to a network drive (for example) by setting CurTemplateDir in the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Q. This will affect both chart templates as follows: we will look for chart templates in CurTemplateDir\Q\Templates, and project templates in CurTemplateDir\Q\Templates\Projects. Please note: you should not modify this setting unless you fully understand registry settings, as it is the type of thing that if you play around without having the relevant expertise you could inadvertently cause a lot of problems on your computer.