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The First Run
When you run EssentialPIM Free for the first time, it creates test.epim database file that consists of sample items for better understanding of how the program works. You can continue working with the file or create a new one by clicking on File -> New -> EPIM database file
When you create a new database file, its name looks like temp.32B51682.epim. The file can be saved under any other name you prefer. Use File -> Save/Save as command for this, or confirm database save on program close. It's recommended to save the database file under some name different from the default temporary file name in order to prevent file naming mess in the future.
EssentialPIM Free remembers the last used file and opens it up automatically upon next start. The program also stores the list of last opened database files. The list can be seen by clicking on File.
This is useful if you use several databases and need to access them fast. You can also use this menu if the database file you used last time wasn't opened automatically on start.
Any existing database can be opened by clicking on File -> Open.
EssentialPIM Free start options
EssentialPIM Free can be started manually or automatically with Windows. It's also possible to limit EssentialPIM Free to only one running instance. These and some other settings can be found in Tools -> Options -> General
Minimize to System Tray - program window minimizes to system tray instead of the task bar.
Minimize on Close - Close button works as Minimize. Enabling this option guarantees no reminder will be missed because of the accident program's closing.
Run at Startup - automatically runs EssentialPIM Free on Windows start.
Allow only 1 copy of EssentialPIM at a time - when this option is enabled, only 1 running instance of EPIM is possible.
Automatically check for updates - when enabled, EssentialPIM checks for updates automatically every couple of days. You can also check for updates manually by clicking on the Check Now button.
Start with - choose which module EssentialPIM is going to start with.