Wide Green Screens in IBM Client Access from 24×80 to 27×132

AS400

Jan 19

Change Green Screen from 24×80 to 27×132 wide

The default green screen size is defined in a text file that that you can save anywhere you like. It is generally named after the machine that you are connecting to. This is stored at

"C:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\Client Access\Emulator\Private\VCRSYS.ws"

This is a text file that defines what the signon screen is going to look like for all users that run it.

This file will look something like this:

RPG Code Snippet 27x132[Profile]
ID=WS
Version=9
[Communication]
Link=telnet5250
Session=5250
ForceConfigPanel=N
[Telnet5250]
HostName=your-ibm-i-system-name
Security=CA400
HostPortNumber=992
LastConfigHostDoesNotTimeout=N
SSLClientAuthentication=Y
SecurityProtocol=TLS12
CertSelection=AUTOSELECT
[Edit]
TrimRectSizingHandles=N
[Telnet3270]
LastConfigHostDoesNotTimeout=N
[Telnet5250SPX]
LastConfigHostDoesNotTimeout=N
[TelnetASCII]
LastConfigHostDoesNotTimeout=N
[5250]
HostCodePage=037-U
PrinterType=IBM3812
ScreenSize=27x132 – NOTE if this line doesn’t exist then it defaults to 24x80
[Keyboard]
CuaKeyboard=2
Language=United-States
IBMDefaultKeyboard=N
DefaultKeyboard=C:\Users\LittenN\AppData\Roaming\IBM\Client Access\Emulator\private\AS400.KMP
[LastExitView]
A=3 617 274 976 622 7 12 20 400 0 IBM3270— 37

If the user changes their screen size from 24×80 to 27×132 and is are authorized to SAVE it then the new size will be stored. If the users are not authorized to save this file then it will revert to 24×80 every time they start a new signon.

If you are a corporate guy, then you can change the default for the entire property by changing the following line in this file

[5250]
ScreenSize=27x132

Once it’s saved and pushed to users then they will automatically see 27×132 unless they deliberately save it to 24×80

This change should not have any adverse effects for users.

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