Fun FSX.cfg Tweaks

Browsing through the FSX.cfg file (located in your “documents and settings/[username]/application data/microsoft/fsx” directory) reveals a host of interesting options for the simulator that aren’t available in the standard on-screen menus. Here are a couple of tweaks you can perform directly in the cfg file to alter the on-screen displays:

1. Status Messages
These are the messages that appear in the corner of the window, announcing such things as parking brake/brake status, slew mode, pause, etc. They’re helpful, but some ‘simmers like to turn some of them off for the sake of realism — like the parking brakes notification, for instance — preferring to look around the plane and get cues from the state of the cockpit instead. In FSX, messages for Brakes, Parking Brakes, Pause, Slew, Stall, and Overspeed can be switched off individually using the following lines in the fsx.cfg [DISPLAY] section:

InfoBrakesEnable=True
InfoParkingBrakesEnable=False
InfoPauseEnable=True
InfoSlewEnable=True
InfoStallEnable=True
InfoOverspeedEnable=True

To tell FS not to display one or more of these messages, simply change the “True” to “False”. It’s a lot easier than a resource hacking tool.

2. Info Text Blocks
FS displays a succession of information blocks in the upper-left corner of the screen when the shift-Z combo is pressed. Entries in the cfg file enable you to change what information is displayed and in what order. For instance, the first block of data that is displayed by shift-Z by default is Lat, Lon, Altitude, Heading, Airspeed, and Wind Direction/Speed. This is controlled by a block of lines under the [TextInfo.1] entry in the cfg file as follows:

[TextInfo.1]
Latitude=1,1
Longitude=1,2
Altitude=1,3
Heading=1,4
AirSpeed=1,5
WindDirectionAndSpeed=1,6

After each item to be displayed, the two comma-separated numbers represent a the line number on which the item is displayed (for multi-line blocks), and the order in which to display it relative to the other items in the line/block. To change this first block to just display Alt, Lat, and Lon (in that order), you would change the entry to read:

[TextInfo.1]
Latitude=1,2
Longitude=1,3
Altitude=1,1
//Heading=0,4
//AirSpeed=1,5
//WindDirectionAndSpeed=0,6

(The slashes – // – are comments that stop the line from rendering in the game.)

The second and third entries ([TextInfo.2] and [TextInfo.3]) are the blocks that are displayed by pressing the shift-Z combo a second and third time, and each block can be edited this way. The blocks are different for slew mode, and are described in the [SlewTextInfo.1] sections, and so forth.

The best use I can think of for this tweak is to remove the ability to show frame rates altogether for now, and just enjoy the flying! 😉

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10 responses to “Fun FSX.cfg Tweaks

  1. Do you know how change the displays in the UPPER RIGHT of screen?

  2. I’m not sure there’s any way to control the messages in that corner via cfg files. You’d probably have to resort to reshacker for that.

  3. Thanks for your great post i am doing a study on this and you really helped me out here

    Thanks

    Jackie

    Jackie@mees.com

  4. Thisa text size is small. Can the font size and color be changed?

  5. Hi!

    I am coming back to a long-time post of yours. About the Shift+Z (flight info on-screen). I could not follow the steps you wrote. I get to FSX but there there is nothing under Control (only a file called ‘Standard.XML’). If I open fsx.CFG I cannot find any reference to the Texts which could be completed. Could you please help how to get on?

    thanks
    Zoltan

  6. Zoltan,

    Are you sure you don’t have any [TextInfo] blocks in your fsx.cfg file? I’d be very surprised if you didn’t. Try this: open your fsx.cfg file using Windows Notepad. Then press ctl-f to call up the Find window, and type in TextInfo. I’ll bet if you do, you’ll discover those entries in your cfg.

  7. I read the tweaks but do not see how it tells me how to change the display of the Longitued and Latitude in FSX. What I would like to do is change the way the Shift-Z shows the Longitude and Latitude in FSX. For example it currently would appear as:

    “N34 45.01 W84 23.45”

    What I would like to have it show is (as an example)

    “34 45.0167 W84 23.4502”

    I don’t know how to go about doing this in FSX if it is even possible. As I recall it could be done in a previous version of FS

  8. I know it was a while ago. But I changed my text.info to show Alt above ground, now I cannot remember the command. Any thoughts?

    Thanks Tom

  9. Hi Tom,
    The command your thinking of is . . . AltitudeAGL=

    (yeah, I know this is wayyy old, but someone else reading this might need to know, ya know) Happy flying ya’ll.
    Jeff

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