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How can I change the order of the file format list after clicking File | Export in Surfer?

You can change the order of the file formats listed in the Save as type list in the Export dialog by doing the following:
  1. Navigate to the Surfer installation folder (by default this is C:\Program Files\Golden Software\Surfer <version>). Select the Gsio.ini file, press CTRL+C to copy the file, and then press CTRL+V to paste a copy into the same directory.
  2. Open a text editor program like Notepad as administrator.
  3. Click File | Open.
  4. Select All Files (*.*) from the file type list.
  5. Navigate to the Surfer installation folder and select the Gsio.ini file.
  6. Click Open.
  7. At the bottom of the file, under [ExportFilters], highlight the file format you want to be first, and press CTRL+X to cut it.
  8. Remove the empty line.
  9. Click before the first file format and press ENTER to add a new empty line at the beginning of the file formats list.
  10. Click in that empty line and press CTRL+V to paste the cut file format to the top of the list.
  11. Copy steps 7-10 as desired to rearrange the file format order (you don't have to add the empty line at the beginning of the list in step 9).
    * Be sure not to remove or duplicate any information.

 

For example:

[ExportFilters]
dxf = "DXF AutoCAD DXF Drawing", ioDxf, ExportDXF, 3S, *.dxf
adf = "ADF Arc/Info Binary Grid", ioAdf, ExportADF, U, *.adf
am = "AM Amira Mesh", ioAmira, ExportAMIRA, URC, *.am *.col
....

 

Save and close the file and restart Surfer.

 

Updated October 15, 2018

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