The ATI Catalyst Control Center (CCC for short) is the user interface for the ATI Catalyst Drivers and the replacement for the legacy ATI Control Panel. The Catalyst Control Center works on all ATI graphics cards and is constantly being refined by ATI to include new features. ATI Catalyst Control Center (Now called AMD Catalyst Control Center) is a device driver and utility software package for ATI/AMD line of video cards.
ATI Catalyst Control Center
There are several ways to access the ATI Catalyst Control Center.
You can go to Start > Control Panel and double-click on Display to open the Display Properties box, then click Settings > Advanced > Catalyst Control Center and click the ATI Catalyst Control Center button to launch it.
Alternatively, you can right-click on an empty area of the Windows Desktop and select it from the top of the context menu, or use the ‘CCC’ shortcut placed in your Start > All Programs > Catalyst Control Center menu (or on your Desktop).
The first time you open the CCC you will be asked if you want to use Basic or Advanced view. The basic view is only for extremely novice users and non-gamers and does not contain the bulk of the settings required to optimize and configure your Catalysts.
In the standard view, the Display manager offers only the most important settings. A wizard is available to help select the desired settings.
If you wish to use a range of keyboard shortcuts for various functions of the CCC, you can assign them by clicking the Hotkeys button at the top of the Control Center and selecting ‘Hotkey Manager’. This opens the Hotkeys Manager box, under which you can edit hotkey combinations for particular functions. Note that the ‘Enable Hotkeys’ option must be ticked for Hotkeys to work.
If you want to use different graphics card settings in different circumstances, the profiles option might come in very handy. Click the Profiles button and select the ‘Profiles Manager’ to bring up the Profiles Manager. You can save all your current Control Center settings under as many profiles as you like by entering a profile name in the box under ‘Enter or select a profile name’, and then click the Save button. However, you can choose which particular settings are saved in the profile, and how they can be applied.
When you click the Preferences button, you will find several other options which are covered below:
Always On Top – As the name implies, if ticked, this option forces the ATI Control Center to always remain on top of all other windows when open.
Hide Tooltips – Tooltips are the small grey popup boxes that appear every time you highlight a particular setting or option in the ATI Control Center. These give brief descriptions of each setting. If they annoy you, you can tick this option to remove them.
Hide Toolbar Text – If unticked, this option gives each of the five buttons at the top of the ATI Control Center a text label, such as ‘View’ and ‘Preferences’. If ticked, the buttons remain but their text will be removed
Hide Splash Screen – If ticked, you will not see the ‘ATI Catalyst Control Center’ small intro screen/box which appears before the CCC being opened.
Enable System Tray Menu – The System Tray menu is another form of quick access to the ATI Control Center. You can remove it by unticking this option, However, if you really must use it, leave a tick here to ensure it loads into memory every time your system starts up and appears in your system tray area.
Select Language – If selected, brings up a language selection box, where you can choose the language used for all ATI Control Center interface text.
Select a Skin – If selected, brings up the Skin Select Form box, which allows you to choose a new “skin” (graphical appearance of the dialog boxes) for the ATI Catalyst Control Center. You can choose whichever suits your taste. Some skins may take up slightly more memory, but the entire Control Center takes up so much memory.
Restore Factory Defaults – Selecting this option will restore all the default settings for the Control Center. It is good to use it if you run into a lot of problems and want to return to defaults settings to start from scratch
Hope this post provides you with a basic knowledge of how to to use the ATI Catalyst Control Center!
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