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Auto Dialer Preferences

The Auto Dialer Preferences form lets you configure the Auto Dialer to suit your preferences. You can access this form from the System Administration menu or the System menu Preferences command.


Auto Dialer Preferences form

tip.gif Please refer to Auto Dialer Basics for steps to access this form.

Dialer options control exactly how the dialer process works.

Windows version of Collect! uses TAPI32. For communications control, use your TAPI (Telecommunications) configuration in the Windows Control Panel.

tip.gif Collect! can also communicate with the Softphone of your choice, provided your O/S is configured already to handle the softphone communication protocol you specify. Non-TAPI systems can also use Auto Dialer. Please refer to Help topic, Softphone for further details.

Operating System phone dialers and telephony support drivers are always changing. If you encounter any anomalies while configuring any of the settings mentioned below, please get in touch with Collect! Technical Services at Comtech Systems.

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Prompt Before Dialing

Turn this switch on to display the Dialer dialog box before the computer starts dialing a phone number. In this way, you can confirm or change the number being dialed.

Turn this switch OFF to automatically dial local calls without displaying the Dialer dialog. This saves time when dialing but doesn't let you confirm or change the number being dialed.

Long distance calls always display the Dialer dialog box before dialing.

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Dial In Background

This switch allows you to continue using Collect! for other things while the phone is dialing.

tip.gif To use a speaker phone modem, switch this ON with a check mark.

When this switch is set and you dial, a red box appears at the top right of the screen and the message at the bottom left shows the word "Dialing" and progress indicators.

To cancel dialing, simply double-click the mouse on a phone number while it is dialing, or use the Tools menu, Hang Up Phone command.

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Local Area Code

This is used to detect long distance calls within your own area code.

Leave the Local Area Code blank if you want to dial phone numbers exactly as you enter them. Numbers with more than 7 digits are considered long distance and the dialer dials 1+ the number. For example, if your area code is 214 and you are dialing 214-555-1212, the program will dial 1-214-555-1212.

Enter your area code in this field if your telephone system requires you to remove the area code when dialing long distance within your own area code. When the dialer dials the number, it will remove the area code before dialing. For example, if your area code is 214 and you are dialing 214-555-1212 the program will dial 1-555-1212.

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10 Digit Area Codes

Area codes entered in this field will be considered as local calls and Collect! will not add 1 in front of the number when dialing. Enter up to 19 area codes in this field, separated by any non-numeric character. (ex. 716-315-206 or 716,315,206 or 716/315/206)

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Prefix And Postfix

These codes are used if you need to dial out on a phone exchange or require support for third party carriers such as Sprint and MCI. You can set options for various phone call types. If a phone number you are dialing exceeds 7 digits, or you set the Prompt Before Dialing option, the Dial Phone dialog box pops up to offer you a choice of dialing types, including local and long distance. Any entered prefixed and postfixes will be used around the number being dialed.

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Local Prefix

If your phone system needs some special codes to be entered before actually dialing a local call, enter those codes here. A comma can be used to pause one second.

For example, on some systems you dial 9 to get an outside line, and then you would want a short pause before dialing the main number. In that case, you would enter 9,,, to dial 9 and then wait 3 seconds before the dialer starts dialing the phone number.

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Local Postfix

If your phone system needs some special codes to be entered after dialing a local call, enter those codes here. A comma can be used to pause one second.

For example, on some systems you would dial a special access code for discount rates after dialing a number. Enter that code here.

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Long Distance Prefix

If your phone system needs some special codes to be entered before actually dialing a long distance call, enter those codes here. A comma can be used to pause one second.

For example, on some systems you would dial 9 to get an outside line and then you would want a short pause before dialing the main number. In that case, you would enter 9,,, to dial 9 and then wait 3 seconds before the dialer starts dialing the phone number.

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Long Distance Postfix

If your phone system needs some special codes to be entered after dialing a long distance call, enter those codes here. A comma can be used to pause one second.

For example, on some systems you would dial a special access code for discount rates after dialing a number. Enter that code here.

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International Prefix

If your phone system needs some special codes to be entered before actually dialing an International call, enter those codes here. A comma can be used to pause one second.

For example, on some systems you would dial 9 to get an outside line and then you would want a short pause before dialing the main number. In that case, you would enter 9,,, to dial 9 and then wait 3 seconds before the dialer starts dialing the phone number.

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International Postfix

If your phone system needs some special codes to be entered after dialing an International call, enter those codes here. A comma can be used to pause one second.

For example, on some systems you would dial a special access code for discount rates after dialing a number. Enter that code here.

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Alternate Prefix

If your phone system needs some special codes to be entered before actually dialing a local call, enter those codes here. A comma can be used to pause one second. Several commas pause several seconds.

For example, on some systems you would dial 9 to get an outside line, and then you would want a short pause before dialing the main number. In that case, you would enter 9,,, to dial 9 and then wait 3 seconds before the dialer starts dialing the phone number.

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Alternate Postfix

If your phone system needs some special codes to be entered after dialing a local call, enter those codes here. A comma can be used to pause one second.

For example, on some systems you would dial a special access code for discount rates after dialing a number. Enter that code here.

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Help

Press this button for help on the Auto Dialer Preferences form and links to related topics.

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Cancel

Selecting this button will ignore any changes you may have made and return you to the previous form.

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OK

Selecting this button will save any changes you may have made and then return you to the previous form.

The AUTO DIALER is simply a tool to automate the dialing of a phone number so that the operator does not have to dial the number manually. This item may require your technician. It is important that you print out this help about the AUTO DIALER and what is needed to set it up. Giving the printout to the technician will supply him with all the necessary information needed.

The AUTO DIALER feature should not be confused with the PREDICTIVE DIALER feature.

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See Also

- Auto Dialer Basics - Introduction/Accessing
- Quick Dial
- How To Auto Dial
- How To Setup Auto Dialer
- Softphone

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