In an application I am working on, we have some application-wide settings that are available via a cogwheel button in the title bar. We also have part of the application, a kind of analysis, that have some optional advanced settings. The way I see it, I have a couple of options:
Change the meaning of the title bar settings-button based on context. This seems a bit weird to me as there is only one context where these settings will be different.
Have two separate buttons with the same look. This has the advantage of being consistent, but it may also be a little confusing.
Have two separate buttons with different look, i.e. a wrench or some knobs and dials for the analysis settings. This has the advantage of distinguishing between the different options, but might be a bit confusing.
What are your thoughts on this? Are there any better ways which I havent thought of?
the image shows a rough sketch of the screen. All kinds of navigation has been left out as well. To explain a bit further: the goal is to set up an analysis of several financial events. You may want to save the parameters for the analysis to run it again later, when the data has changed, or you may want to run it once and discard it. The analysis may be run with some options other than the events like different kinds of pricing methods etc. The settings are specific to one analysis.