The default settings of Surfer and advanced options are customized by clicking the File | Options command or the button. By adjusting the settings in the Options dialog, you can customize Surfer to suit your individual preferences and work habits. The settings are automatically saved and restored whenever Surfer is restarted. Changes made in the Options dialog affect all subsequent documents.

The Options dialog contains the following pages:


Set the basic window features such as what type of map will be opened with grid and data files, file open/save paths, significant digits, and undo levels.


Allow Surfer to automatically check for updates.

User Interface

Set the interface and tab style, help in the Properties window, and the startup splash screen.


Set the selection handle size and tolerance size for selecting objects.


Set antialiasing properties.


Controls printer page size settings.

Rulers and Grid

Control the display of the rulers and grid.

3D View

Set the time period for the timing of updates in the 3D View and for the maximum number of points in point cloud layers.

Default Properties

Set line, fill, symbol, font, and label format default attributes.

Advanced default options are available for most menu commands by clicking the File | Defaults command.

See Also

Default Settings