File Functions

Although there are fewer File Functions (i.e., items and their functions in the File menu) in the Evaluation Criteria form than in the main program view, what functions are in the Evaluation Criteria form are nearly identical to their main form counterparts. Therefore, I'll describe here the functions as found in the main program view's File menu.


This item allows you to start a new data matrix. The program will prompt you to save the current data matrix before it destroys it. Note that the program only allows one data matrix to be open at a time, so if you want to access more than one at a time, you'll have to run two copies of SquidMat simultaneously.


SquidMat saves decision matrices under a variety of file types. (See Save below.) This function opens matrices saved as SquidMat files (i.e., SQM file types).


This is actually a Save As function. The program will ask you to confirm the file's name each time you go to save it. There are four different types of files you can save to:

  • SquidMat. Saves it in a format that the program can read. So this is the format you want if you're going to revisit the data in SquidMat. Uses an SQM file extension.
  • MS Excel. Saves it as a Microsoft Excel (97) spreadsheet. Uses an XLS extension.
  • HTML. Saves it as an HTML table. Before it writes the file, SquidMat presents a dialog box that allows you to set certain HTML features/options for the file. Uses an HTM extension.
  • MS Word. Saves it as a Microsoft Word (97) document (as text, not as a table). Uses a DOC extension.

Copy matrix to clipboard

Places a copy of the decision matrix in the Windows clipboard for immediate pasting into another program. There are two types of copies.

Standard copy

Pastes as text in a word processor or directly into the appropriate spreadsheet cells as they appear in the original matrix. Best used to paste into a spreadsheet.


This copies a picture of the data matrix as it appears on screen. This function mimics the arduous print screen-paste-and-crop process required by DECMAT. If you properly size SquidMat's program view before WYSIWYG copying, you won't have to do any cropping after you paste the image.

Print preview

Shows what the printout will look like if you were to perform a standard print (as opposed to a WYSIWYG print).

Print settings

Allows you to change all sorts of print settings: margins, headers and footers, titles, date and time information, page orientation, fonts, etc. You can also save and load settings as an INI file.


There are two ways to print.

  • Standard. Prints out exactly as indicated in Print Preview.
  • WYSIWYG. Prints what you see on screen.