How can I change the default colors used to fill contour maps in Surfer?

By default, when you turn on contour fills on a contour map, the colors will range from black at the low values to white at the high values.  You can, of course, go to the contour map properties to change the colors, but if you always want the default to be a different set of colors, follow these steps:
  1. Click File | Defaults.
  2. Expand Map Contour and select cFillFgClr.
  3. For the Setting value type in the full file path to the CLR file you wish to use. For example: C:\Program Files\Golden Software\Surfer 14\ColorScales\Rainbow6.clr.
  4. Set the Setting persistence value you want. For example, set the Setting persistence to Always reset if you want this default setting every time you create a contour map.
  5. Click OK and save the changes.


To return Surfer to the original default, follow the same steps but clear out the file name from the Setting value field.


Updated September 19, 2017

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