Create a Shortcut to an Experiment
A shortcut on the desktop allows the user to launch an experiment without having to go to its permanent location and load it into E-Run (i.e., navigate to either the E-Run or E-Studio applications and then load the desired .ebs3 or .es3 file). Shortcuts are especially useful for experiments that are used frequently.
The first step in configuring an experiment shortcut is to open Windows Explorer. Next, navigate to the Program folder within the E-Prime installation (default installation is C:\Program Files (x86)\PST\E-Prime 3.0\Program). Right-click the icon for the E-Run.exe application and drag it to the desktop. From the context menu, select the “Create Shortcut” option.
A shortcut to E-Run will be created on the desktop. Right click the shortcut to display the context menu, and select “Properties” to set the path of the shortcut. In the Shortcut to E-Run Properties dialog, the Target field will point to the location of E-Run (i.e., the default installation places E- Run.exe in the C:\Program Files (x86)\PST\E-Prime 3.0\Program folder).
Edit the “Target” field in the Shortcut to E-Run Properties dialog to include two switches and the name of the .ebs3 file to be run. Edit the “Start in” field to contain the full path of the .ebs3 file location. For example, to create a shortcut to the sample program BasicRT.ebs3 (assuming the default installation), the Target and Start in fields would be modified as follows (including all quotes, and matching case):
Target: “C:\Program Files\PST\E-Prime\Program\E-Run.exe” “/a” “/m” “BasicRT.ebs3”.
Start in: “C:\Users\admin\Documents\My Experiments\3.0\Samples\BasicRT"
Data files will be created in the folder containing the .ebs3 file. To rename the shortcut, right-click and select the “Rename” command from the context menu.
To launch the experiment from the shortcut, either double click the shortcut, or highlight it and press Enter. This will automatically open E-Run, load the .ebs3 file, compile, and run the experiment.