Report:STN/Search History Interface/Preferences

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STN Express offers a variety of customizable preferences. Available preference tabs under the STN Online and Results Preferences menu include:[1]

  • Function keys
  • Online
  • Colors/Fonts/Scaling
  • Links
  • Layout
  • Discover!
  • Account
  • Postprocessing
  • Other
  • User data

The screenshots below show a small sampling of the preference options available:

The General Preferences Window.

The Layout Preferences Window.

Users can access the "Preferences" page on STN Easy by selecting "Preferences" on the Navigation Frame. Within the "Preferences Page," users can:[2]

  • Change your password
  • Choose the language you prefer for STNEasy screens and Helps
  • Activate/deactivate the Charge Back Code feature
  • Set your default category of databases for Advanced Search
  • Set your default patent database category in Patent Lookup search
  • Set your default search mode (Easy Search, Advanced Search, CAS Number, Patent Lookup)
  • Include/exclude plurals of search terms
  • Include/exclude abbreviations of search terms
  • Show/hide database posting counts, i.e., the number of hits, when browsing indexes
  • Set the number of answers displayed automatically after each search
  • Turn on/off hit-term highlighting
  • Choose your default display format
  • Choose your default display style

No preference options seem to be available for STN on the Web, although various Assistants can be used to customize individual searches.


  1. "STN Express Version 8.4 for Windows." CAS website, Accessed July 19, 2011.
  2. "Preferences." STN Easy website, Accessed July 25, 2011.
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