Appearance and Behavior Options

The Appearance and Behavior Options window allows the user to configure the look and feel of Simply Fortran and the features of its editor. The options are divided into tabs, each described below:


Editor Color Settings Dialog

The colors utilized by the editor can be modified by the user. A drop-down box specifies which color component to change, and the Select… button opens a selection dialog. Because Simply Fortran features syntax highlighting, the user can configure keywords, comments, and variables to stand out from each other.

The default light and dark theme buttons will set the editor colors to sensible light and dark colors respectively.

Under the colors drop-down, an Import Theme… button allows the user to select and import a Visual Studio 2010-2013 color theme.

The font selection dropdown and the associated size text box allows the user to adjust the fonts used in Simply Fortran. The font size may also be increased in real-time within the editor by holding the Control key while moving the mouse’s scroll wheel.

The menu mode option allows the user to switch between themed, custom menus to match the overall Simply Fortran theme and system menus that rely on Windows for management and drawing.

The toolbar button size option can change the size of toolbar buttons throughout Simply Fortran.

Language Features

Editor Language Settings Dialog

These options enable and disable certain Simply Fortran features within the editor related to enhancing productivity while working with known source languages .

Call Tips

When a source file in a supported language is being edited, the editor can optionally display real-time help for both intrinsic and user-defined procedures and functions. Enabling this option will allow help boxes to appear when a Fortran intrinsic procedure is entered followed by an opening parentheses.

Syntactical Indentation

Enabling this option allows Simply Fortran to intelligently indent or dedent code whenever a subunit of code in the file’s particular language is entered or exited. For example, if Simply Fortran detects the beginning of a loop in the code after ENTER is pressed, the next line will be automatically indented one tab width deeper than the loop’s beginning line. Conversely, if the end of a loop is detected after ENTER is pressed, Simply Fortran will dedent both the current line and the loop’s closing statement (if applicable) to match the indentation of the loop’s opening statement.

Syntax Checking and Inline Error Display

These two related options control real-time syntax checking within an editor tab. For a supported language , syntax checking allows Simply Fortran to periodically process code within the editor to check for warnings or errors. Errors or warnings will then be underlined appropriately within the editor. Enabling Inline Error Display will also display the error and warning messages directly in the code.


The Autocomplete options control which types of autocompletion popups Simply Fortran will provide while typing. The four types of supported completion are listed below:

  • Modules Names and Members – When use is entered, a popup will display all known module names. If followed by the only specifier, a popup will display any known members of the module.
  • Scoped Variables and Procedures – When typing any code, popups will appear suggesting variables and procedures currently known to be visible within the current program or subprogram.
  • Derived Types – If a % symbol is entered after variable known to be a derived type, a popup will suggest any members of the derived type.
  • Control Structures – A popup will provide common suggestions to follow an end statement.

All autocompletion modes are supported when editing Fortran. Python and C support some autocompletion via the Scoped Variables and Procedures option.

By default, Simply Fortran will always attempt to show autocompletion suggestions. The Hotkey option allows the user to change this behavior such that the autocompletion suggestions will only appear if the selected hotkey is pressed while typing.

Default Language

This option reflects the default language and syntax highlighting to be used when a new file is opened in the editor. Normally, Simply Fortran will determine the syntax highlighting method to use based on the file name. However, when a new editor is opened without a pre-existing file, this option will allow the editor to default to free-format Fortran, fixed-format Fortran, or plain text (None).

Editor Styles

Editor Style Settings Dialog

This panel controls stylistic editing options, as described below:

Use Spaces for Tabs

When the tab key is pressed, Simply Fortran normally introduces a true tab character into the text. If this option is enabled, however, an equivalent number of spaces is added rather than the tab character.

If the editor is currently in “Makefile” mode, i.e. the user is editing a Makefile, this option will be ignored, and true tab characters will be used.

Tab Width

The tab width specifies the size of either the tab character in the editor or the equivalent number of spaces if the Use Spaces for Tabs option is enabled.

Remove Excess Whitespace on Save

When enabled, any trailing whitespace on lines is stripped prior to writing the file to disk.

Editor Appearance

Editor Style Settings Dialog

Options on this panel control the appearance of the editor (excluding colors and fonts).

Show Line Numbers

Enabling this options activates a line number listing for files in the editor.

Show Vertical Line

Displaying a vertical line is useful for determining when a single line of text is approaching a limit. For example, the Fortran 90 standard dictates that the maximum length of a single line is 132 characters. Enabling this guide can make development easier.

Indentation Guides

Indentation guides are useful in lining up indented text within a Fortran source file. In the case of large loops, for example, where the loop contents are indented, the guide can be used to determine where the dedented loop closing should be place.

Word Wrap

Enabling this option causes lines wider than the editor tab to wrap to the next line. However, this wrapping is performed for display purposes only; it is not reflected in the saved file. When a line does wrap, a small arrow will appear on subsequent display lines to indicate that they are actually continuations of the previous line.

Caret Width

This number specifies the width of the text cursor within the editor tab. This number can be either 1, 2, or 3, with 3 being the thickest.

Tab Behavior

Editor Tab Settings Dialog

Options in this panel control the behavior of editor, build status, and console tabs.

Console Appears Below Editor Tabs

Enabling this option directs Simply Fortran to open the internal Console tab at the bottom of the window below other editor tabs.

Build Status Appears Below Editor Tabs

Enabling this option directs Simply Fortran to open the Build Status tab at the bottom of the window below other editor tabs.

Save Open Tabs with Project

When enabled, the files from a project that are currently opened and their positions within the Simply Fortran window are stored in the project file. When the project file is later opened, Simply Fortran will automatically open and position these tabs again.

Close Open Tabs with Project

If enabled, unmodified editor tabs that contain files belonging to the project being close will also be closed. Any files with changes will remain open regardless of this feature’s status.

Disable Saving of Build Status / Console Tabs

This options, when checked, causes Simply Fortran to ignore Save and Save As commands in the main menu, toolbar, or the corresponding hotkeys when the Console or Build Status tab is the current tab. This feature is present to reduce the posibility of mistakenly overwriting Fortran source code when the current tab isn’t obvious. The Console and Build Status tabs can still be saved when this is enabled by right-clicking on the tab itself and selecting the appropriate item.

Left Panel

Editor Left Panel Settings Dialog

This panel provides a single option, Display Only One Panel, which limits the left region of Simply Fortran to show a single panel at a given time. This option may be useful if the behavior of pre-3.0 Simply Fortran is desired or if vertical screen height is limited.

Project Behavior

Project Behavior Settings Dialog

This panel controls how Simply Fortran loads and deals with projects. If the user needs to change the options of a particular project, the Project Options window should be opened.

Automatically Open Referenced Projects

When enabled, any projects referenced by a project being opened will also be opened in the same window. The referenced projects are always opened in the same window regardless of other settings on this panel via this option.

One Project Per Window

Enabling this option limits Simply Fortran to a single project per window. If a second project is opened, a new window will be opened or the current project will be replaced depending on the final option.

Replace Current Project

If Simply Fortran is limited to one project per window, enabling this feature will cause the current project to be closed when a new project is opened rather than opening a new Simply Fortran window.

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