Thank you Tomasz for the continued encouragement.
After some more experimenting this process appears to do the job:
- Create a folder to hold the files for the new working directory.
- Copy ‘Broker.exe’ and ‘Broker.chm’ from the installation folder into the new folder.
- Create a shortcut to the ‘Broker.exe’ that resides in the installation folder. Replace the path in the shortcut’s “Start In” box with the full path to the new working directory.
- Place the shortcut somewhere convenient ( eg, Desktop, Taskbar, etc )
When the shortcut is double clicked for the first time, AmiBroker should start with the default database, preferences, etc. AmiBroker will add files to the new working directory as needed.
Copying the ‘broker.prefs’ file from the installation directory to the new working directory folder will transfer all the previously saved settings.
Copying the “Formulas” folder from the installation directory will provide all the built-in indicators to the instance of AmiBroker that will use the new working directory.
To verify the shortcut is using the new working directory, save preferences (Tools>Save Preferences) and check the timestamp of the ‘broker.prefs’ file in the new working directory.
As a word of caution, this seems to set the working directory for all future instances of AmiBroker, so each working directory used should have its own shortcut.