Configuration file used by Windows programs to initialize program settings; contains sections for settings and preferences (delimited by a string in square brackets) with each section containing one or more name and value parameters.
INI files can be edited with a plain text editor, but typically should not be edited or altered by regular users. INI files were partially replaced by the registry database in Windows 95. More recently, they have also been replaced by XML files.
Common INI Filenames:
desktop.ini - A hidden file located in Windows folders that saves viewing options for that specific folder. This file can specify an image that is used for the folder icon as well as appearance options for files within the folder. It can be ignored, but if you delete the desktop.ini file, Windows may generate a new one. Mac OS X .DS_STORE files serve a similar purpose.
Configuration file that stores settings and user preferences for the Symbian operating system and installed applications; similar to INI files used by Windows and typically should not be opened manually.
NOTE: Symbian INI files can be edited with a text editor to modify specific settings. However, altering the INI file may cause the operating system or other programs to not function correctly. Therefore, be sure to backup the file and only edit the file if you know exactly what to add or change.
File created by Finale, a music notation program; contains Finale program settings to customize the work environment; settings include dialog boxes, menu settings, and font styles; preset in Finale but can be edited either through settings dialog windows or manually.
INI files are divided into 9 sections: [Settings] [MIDI] [Extensions] [Preferences] [Colors] [Chromatic Spelling Tables] [Palettes] [Speedy Keys] [Directories]