Yes it isn't done by the record options dialog. That uses the file setting. Easiest way is going via File -> New. Then you get a dialog where you can choose for example 44,100 SR - 32 bit / Mono. SF remembers this configuration until you choose File -> New again. But you can change it via the File Properties window in View->File Properties too. And if you didn't record anything yet you can change it as you like it.
Thanks Rev... appreciated. Having used SF for at least 20 years, I am fortunately familiar with the File-New and it is and always has been set to Mono there. And yes, SF is supposed to remember that... which is why it is so strange that it has decided to record in stereo! As for View-File Properties... all that is there is a blank chart with two headings: Attribute and Value. Anyway, thanks again for trying to help.
Yes it is blank if your workspace is empty. Because there is no file :-) As soon as you have a new file you can see the properties. If you recorded something already you cannot change some properties, but if it is new and empty you can alter everything.
No. As I wrote: You have to have at least an empty file on your workspace. But we needn't it most of the time because going via File->New gives you the relevant options on the "New Dialog". The properties dialog is for changing an errornous property on an open or new file. I think the file options should be part of the record options too. Would be redundant but convenient. Haha. I am even an ancient user and had to look for it, because I record 44,100 32bit stereo nearly exclusively and click this dialog away carelessly.