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When you first bring in a shape file you'll get this dialog:
You can also get to that dialog, if a shape file is already open, using the settings icon,, in the toolbar.
The top left of the dialog gives you information about the Esri SHP file you have opened.
The left central button "Point Block Settings..." will only be visible if you've opened a point Shape file.
The left bottom part of the dialog allows you to change the layer and color of the layer where the points or polylines or polygons will be placed.
The large white area on the right of the dialog contains data about the columns in the associated DBF file (if there is one). Double click on the entry under the Field Name column to modify these settings.