The General tab displays the filename, size, location, and version of the selected file, whether the file contains a single session or multiple sessions of data (merged data), information concerning the creation date of the file, and the dates the file was last accessed, modified, or merged to another file. The MS-DOS name field displays the name of the file in a format that can be used with MS-DOS applications. The Attributes section displays characteristics of the file, for example, if the file is read-only or archived.
The Contents tab lists the subject, session, and experiment name information for each single session data file contained within the selected file. If the selected file is a single session data file, the Contents tab would display the information for only that file. If the selected file is a merged data file, the Contents tab would display information for all sessions of data contained within that file. The information on the Contents tab may be sorted by column by clicking on the column header.
Merge Input History
The Merge Input History tab displays all of the files that have been merged into the selected file in chronological order, including both single session and merged data files. The input history is listed on a file basis rather than by session. Therefore, the input of a merged data file may include the import of more than a single session of data. The information for the individual sessions of data merged through the input of a merged file may be viewed by selecting the merged file on the Merge Input History tab and clicking the Details button.
Merge Output History
The Merge Output History tab displays the name of any files to which the selected file has been merged. The output history is listed on a file basis rather than by session. Therefore, the merging of a merged data file to another file may include more than a single session of data (i.e., the merged data file may have contained more than one session of data, which would have been merged to the other file). The individual sessions merged to the target file through a merge operation involving a merged data file may be viewed by selecting the merged file on the Merge Output History tab and clicking the Details button.
The Quick Reference dialog guides the user through the most common type of merge operation (i.e., standard merge), in which all unmerged files in a folder are merged into a master data file for analysis. The Quick Reference dialog is meant to serve as an aid in learning how to use E- Merge, as well as a reminder of the basic steps involved in a merge operation once the application has been mastered.
The Quick Reference dialog appears by default when the E-Merge application is opened. This default may be changed using the Options command under the View menu so that the dialog is not displayed when E-Merge is opened. The dialog may be redisplayed at any time using the Quick Reference command under the View menu, and may be repositioned on the screen by clicking on the title bar and dragging the dialog to a new position.