GUIquotes program F.A.Q.


  1. What are the requirements to run GUIquotes, how do I install/uninstall/upgrade GUIquotes?

    These are detailed on the GUIquotes download page.

  2. How do I check the Java version?

    To check the Java version a command prompt in Windows or a terminal in Linux/Mac needs to be opened.

    In Windows XP go to Start Menu -> Run and enter cmd.exe. In Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 go to the Start Menu, enter cmd.exe in the Start Search box and click on the search result cmd.exe.

    For Linux check the application or system menus for a program that includes the name terminal or console. Different distributions put it different places. When one is found run it.

    For Macs go to Applications -> Utilities and run the terminal application.

    When a command prompt or terminal is opened enter java -version and something along the lines of the following should be returned.

    java version "1.6.0_18"
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_18-b07)
    Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 16.0-b13, mixed mode, sharing)

    GUIquotes needs a Java version 1.5.0 or later to run which is the case in the above example.

  3. I tried to check the Java version but the results did not return a Java version.

    If in Windows you got something along the lines of 'java' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file or in Linux/Mac command not found or something about installing Java, these mean Java is not installed or not installed so it can be run anywhere. The easiest way to fix this is to install the Java SE Runtime Environment from Sun/Oracle's Java website. For Mac OS X use the Software Update feature.

  4. I went to the Sun/Oracle website to get Java but my computer runs Windows 98/ME/2000 which the latest version of Java doesn't support.

    Java SE 5 which does support these versions of Windows and will work with GUIquotes can still be downloaded from Sun/Oracle's Java archive. For those that do not want to create an account with Oracle it is also on places like

  5. I am running GNU Java (gcj/gij) on Linux and GUIquotes doesn't work.

    Unfortunately GNU Java (gcj/gij) does not have the graphics capability to support GUIquotes. To use GUIquotes you will need to install either Sun/Oracle's Java or OpenJDK Java.

  6. How do I set GUIquotes to run when my computer starts up?


    First create a GUIquotes shortcut by right clicking on GUIquotes.exe and select Create Shortcut. Then do the following steps which should work for XP/Vista/Win7.
    1. Click the Start button and select All Programs
    2. Locate the Startup folder, right click, and select Open
    3. Drag the GUIquotes shortcut into the Startup folder

    To stop the program from running at startup, locate the Startup folder in the Start Menu, click the Startup folder to expand it, then right click on the GUIquotes shortcut and select Delete.


    For Linux GUIquotes needs to be added to one of the system startup files. However which startup file can depend on both the desktop and shell being used. So check the distributions documentation to determine the proper file. Some distributions have a configuration program that has an option for specifying programs to run at startup which might be easier than figuring out the file.

    To stop the program from running at startup whatever was done to add the program to the startup files will need to be undone.

  7. How do I use GUIquotes with multiple users on a computer?

    To use GUIquotes with more than one user on a computer the quotes_program folder (directory) should be copied to another location for each user. This will allow each user to have different program settings.

  8. How do I run GUIquotes manually?

    Windows users should not need to do this but Linux or Mac users might. First open a command prompt in Windows or a terminal in Linux. How to open these is explained in this FAQ. Once the command prompt or terminal is opened go to the quotes_program directory using cd (Windows users use help cd or Linux/Mac users use man cd if info is needed on this). Then enter java -jar GUIquotes.jar which should run GUIquotes.

  9. Why can't I select more than 5 quotes files at a time?

    This was somewhat arbitrary but the reasoning was GUIquotes was written with using TV quote files in mind. For the most part TV quote files are not of much interest unless one is a fan of the show and most people probably will not have an interest in more than 5 or so shows.

  10. How do I print quotes?

    Most quotes are typically a few lines and printing a single quote seems wasteful. The suggested way would be to use the menu selections Actions -> Copy Quote and then paste into a text editor and save. When there is enough for a page print the quotes.

  11. I added/removed some quotes in a file in quotes_program\quotes but this in not reflected in GUIquotes?

    To speed up GUIquote's startup time the quotes are only counted when they are added to the Selected Quote Files. If the number of quotes in a quotes file changes while it is one of the Selected Quote Files it will need to be removed and added again.

  12. What is a portable application?

    Portable applications are programs that are fully functional without having to be installed on a computer. They generally do not write system settings or copy files to various places on the computer. Program settings and options are stored with the program. This makes the programs easy to move to other computers or used with portable drives such as a USB flash drive.

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