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Options and Preferences

Scid's options are stored in Scid-User-Directory/config/options.dat. These are generally saved when Scid closes, but can also be saved by the Save Options menu

The Board and Chesspiece options window allows to configure the look and feel.

The options themselves are very numerous, and are generally dealt with in their own Help items, but below you'll find a few items explained.

My Player Names

My Player Names allows one to take note of special player names.

Every time a game with a name in the list is loaded, the main chessboard will be flipped (if necessary) to show the game from that players perspective.

The first "My Player Name" is also used by the Player vs. Computer feature.

My Player Names are entered one per-line, and may contain the wildcards "?" (for exactly one character) and "*" (for a sequence of zero or more characters).


Scid has four basic fonts; Regular, Menu, Small and Fixed, which can be customized via the Options-> Fonts menus.

Many windows can quickly resize fonts by using Control+WheelMouse

The Fixed font is used by the Tree and Crosstable windows, and requires a fixed-width font to make text allign nicely.

The new PGN Figurines feature require the truetype font ScidChessBerin.ttf to be installed on your operating system. Scid vs. PC attempts to do this, but issues may arise in which case this feature will be disabled in the PGN Options Menu.