Advanced Configuration

The installer sets several system-level and user-level Slate Desktop configuration values. This article explains the user-level values.

Slate Desktop looks for user config files in this folder:


On Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 systems, this is C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\slatedesktop\. The %USERNAME% value changes for each signed-on user, such as tahoar on my system.

Slate Desktop uses three different files in this folder to save configuration values for the Dashboard (Slate_Desktop.ini), the command Prompt command (slate-cli.ini) and all MT connectors (xslate.ini). The complete path for these 3 config files are:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\slatedesktop\Slate_Desktop.ini (for GUI dashboard)

%LOCALAPPDATA%\slatedesktop\slate-cli.ini (for Command Prompt command)

%LOCALAPPDATA%\slatedesktop\xslate.ini (for all MT connectors)

The config files tell Slate Desktop where to find different resources like your TMs and engines, etc. The content of each file looks like this:



  • The inifile= value is always the full path to the file itself
  • The C:\xslate value is always the path you entered in the setup program.
  • The workspace= value is where Slate Desktop saves and looks for all of you TMs and engines.
  • The version= value displays in the Help/About dialog and stamps each engine to help troubleshooting
  • The build-identifier= value is used for troubleshooting

When you log-in as a different user, Slate Desktop retrieves the system default values that were saved in this file that is shared by all users:


On Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 systems, this is C:\ProgramData\slatedesktop\setup.ini

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