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#6: How to Use the GHS Executive

The Executive "wizard" is a handy way to interact with GHS or BHS. Whether you prefer to use the mouse pointer or the keyboard it can reduce motions and save time.

Selecting a project

The Executive can help you navigate to a project folder by pressing the Project button. If you prefer to use the main Project pulldown menu, simply close the Executive window and reopen it after your project selection is complete. Reopening the executive is quick: in the Wizard menu it's the first item.

Editing and Executing Run Files

One keystroke or mouse-click is all it takes to go into a run-file editing session (Edit button). After editing is complete it takes only one keystroke or mouse-click to initiate the run (Run button).

Directly Executing Commands

Most commands can be typed directly into the Executive's Command line and they're acted on immediately when you press Enter or the Enter button. A short history of prior commands is kept in the adjacent box to the right and they can be re-executed from there.


The Help button opens a window you can use to familiarize yourself with basic concepts or to look up detailed documentation. It also includes a button to avoid having the Executive appear at program startup:

How to Avoid the Executive

In the Executive Help window, click the Off button to keep the Executive from appearing automatically at program startup. You can get the Executive to appear at any time via the Wizard pulldown menu. But it will no longer appear automatically unless you restore the auto mode by pressing the Auto button in the Executive Help window.

Other Executive Features

There are many things you can get done through the Executive perhaps a little quicker and easier than by using other means. A little time taken to explore them will be more enlightening than reading about them here.

What Is the Executive?

Essentially the Executive, like all GHS wizards, is a run file.
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