Terminal Window Setup

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The terminal window is set up using the Tools/Options menu. You can invoke the Options menu by right clicking in the terminal and selecting Options. Alternatively, the Options menu is invoked by clicking on the icon.

Terminal window options menu


The channel can be either “Debugger” or “COM1” to “COM4”. By selecting “COM1” to “COM4”, a standard serial communications port is used. This enables the user to set the communication port properties by pressing the 'Configure...' button, described later. COM port can be entered manually. This allows usage of an arbitrary COM port number.

Emulation Type

The terminal window can emulate either the VT52 or VT100 standard. The latest is especially useful since some evaluation boards already include VT100 support on-board and therefore communication can be established very quickly. The Terminal window can also provide input/output communication for Semihosting support.

Local Echo

If this option is selected, the character typed or sent to the other side will be shown in the terminal.

Append LF on Input Stream

If this option is selected, a line feed will be sent on the end of an input stream.

Append LF on ENTER Key

When the Enter key is pressed, a line feed will be appended.

Rows and Columns

The size of the emulation screen is selected here. The standard emulation screen size is 24 rows high by 80 columns wide, but if another size is desired, it should be entered here.

History Buffer

The History Buffer saves the output of the terminal and here the desired size of the buffer can be set.

Send ASCII Files

Sending ASCII files is simplified. If ASCII files will be needed to be sent to the other side of the terminal, they can be selected in this menu and then sent easily in the Terminal window. The files are added using the 'Add file' button, and can be removed using the 'Remove file' button.

Timeout after CR or LF

When sending files, the terminal waits for the specified amount of time after every Carriage Return or Line Feed symbol.

Override shortcuts

When emulating the terminal, certain combinations of keys pressed can either control the Windows operating system, winIDEA, or can be transferred through the communication channel. By default, all key-press combinations (shortcuts) with the control key (Ctrl) are transferred through the communication channel. If a shortcut should not be transferred through the communication channel but be handled by Windows or winIDEA, uncheck the box in front of the shortcut.

For example, if you wish the Ctrl+N shortcut to continue operating as “New File” command, the check-box in front of Ctrl+N must be unchecked.

Save to disk

When checked, the received alphanumeric and CR/LF characters are output to the specified file.


There are different configuration options, depending on the selected channel:

for serial port configuration go to: Serial Port Configuration Options.

for debugger interface configuration go to: Debugger Interface Configuration Options.