The File | Open command opens a file into a new window. A Surfer file .SRF opens in a plot document, a grid file .GRD opens into the grid editor, and data files open in the worksheet. You can also click on the button on the Quick Access Toolbar, or press CTRL + O on the keyboard to open files.


Open Dialog

Use the File | Open command in the plot document, worksheet document, or grid node editor to open the Open dialog.


Select the file to open in the Open dialog.


Look In

The Look in field shows the current directory. Click the down arrow to see the directory structure and click on the folders to change directories.


Creating New Folders and Changing the View

The buttons to the right of the Look in field allow you to create new folders and change the view of the file list.


File List

The file list displays files in the current directory. The current directory is listed in the Look in field. The Files of type field controls the display of the file list. For example, if Golden Software Data (*.DAT) is listed in the Files of type field only [*.DAT] files appear in the files list.


Specify a File Name

The File name field shows the name of the selected file, or type a path and file name into the box to open a file.


Specify a File Type

The Files of type field shows the file format to be opened. To change the file format, click the down arrow and select the file type from the list. All Files (*.*) display all files in a directory.


The Common Document Files (*...)  format type is selected by default. This displays all the common file formats in the navigation pane. If a different format type is selected, Surfer will remember the setting until the end of the current session. When Surfer is restarted, the default format type will be used.


To see all files in the directory, choose All Files (*.*) from the Files of type list. Double-click on a file to open it or single click the file and then click the Open button. The All Files shows all of the file formats even if the file type is not appropriate for the action chosen (i.e. displaying a data file when creating a grid based map that requires a grid file).


Surfer files open in the Plot Document, data files open in the Worksheet Document, and grid files open in the Grid Node Editor.


Import Database

Click the Database button in the Open dialog to open the Data Link Properties dialog and import a database.


File Types

Surfer Files open in a new plot window. These are .SRF files.


Data Files open in the worksheet. These include *.accdb, *.bln, *.bna, *.csv, *.dat, *.dbf, *.dxf, *.las, *.mdb, *.mid, *.sp1, *.seg, *.slk, *.txt, *.xls, *.xlsm, *.xlsx


Grid Files open in the grid node editor. These include *.adf, *.am, *.col, *.an1, *.an2, *.asc, *.aig, *.agr, *.grd, *.asi, *.fld, *.bil, *.bip, *.bsq, *.dic, *.dcm, *.ddf, *.dem, *.dos, *.dat, *.dt?, *.ers, *.flt, *.?10g, *.grd, *.gxf, *.hdf, *.hdr, *.img, *.rst, *.info, *.lat, *.raw, *.bin, *.stk, *.tif, *.tiff, *.vtk


Image Files open in the grid node editor. These include *.an1, *.an2, *.bmp, *.dic, *.dcm, *.ecw, *.gif, *.jpg, *.jpeg, *.png, *.pnm, *.ppm, *.pgm, *.pbm, *.rgb, *.rgba, *.bw, *.sid, *.ras, *.sun, *.tga, *.tif, *.tiff, *.vtx, *.x, *.ximg



See Also

File Menu Commands

Plot Document

Worksheet Document

Grid Node Editor

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