3.13. New File dialog (from File menu)

Use the New File dialog to create a new project or LISA source file. Select New File from the File menu or click the New button to display the dialog in Figure 3.28.

Figure 3.28. New File dialog

New File dialog

The dialog has the following controls:

Look in

Specify the directory for the new file in this text box.


Japanese or Korean characters must not be used in project filename paths, as they can lead to failure to find the specified libraries.

On Windows, the direction of the slash characters separating directories appears to be reversed. You can enter slash characters in either direction but they get displayed as / in all cases. This does not affect operation.

File name

Enter the name for the new file in this box.

File type

The file type:

  • If a project is not already open, this box will display .sgproj by default to enable creating a new project.

  • If a project is open, this box will display .lisa by default to enable creating a new LISA source file.

Add to

If the selected file type is not .sgproj, this control is enabled and the created file will be added to the currently open project.


Click Select to accept the name and path. Click Cancel to close the dialog without creating a new file.

If the new file is of type .sgproj, you are prompted for the top level LISA file. See Select Top Component LISA File dialog.


If an existing file is selected, you are prompted whether to replace the existing file with a new file of the same name.

Attempting to add multiple files that are already part of the project results in a warning message and the existing project files are not replaced.


You can use the Recently selected files dropdown list on the dialog to display files that have been added to other projects. To remove a file from the list, move the mouse cursor over the file name and press the Delete key or right click and select Remove from list from the context menu.

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