Saturday, September 26, 2009

Lotus Notes 8 – windows title withdrawal syndrome?

For application support and development compatibility testing, I run up to four or five different versions of Lotus Notes on my system, at times several them concurrently in virtual machines. This can get a bit confusing at times: it’s quite easy to find yourself working in the wrong Notes version’s window.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been taking advantage of one of the NOTES.INI settings that enables you to modify the window title and display whatever text you desire – refer to the Window_Title setting at IBM developerWorks.

For version 7.0.3 (running in the virtualized Windows XP Mode of Windows 7 Ultimate), I have:


Thus, the Notes Client displays:


For no particular reason, until today I hadn’t gotten around to trying this with Notes 8, and for the Release 8.5.1 managed beta refresh I set up the Standard (eclipse-based) Notes Client’s NOTES.INI file like this:


However, the modified window title text did NOT appear in the title bar:


Why not? In my dotage did I miss something obvious here, or doesn't this work (at least, for release 8.5.1)?

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I've found the same problem. I wanted to push the service desk number to all my users this way, and found it didn't work with the Standard Client, but it does work when you run Notes Basic Config.

    You might find if you run nlnotes.exe in your Notes 8 program directory that your Window Title will appear.

    It's a bit annoying though, I wonder why they removed the functionality?

    Steve Bailey