FAQ: SuperMemo Archive (2002)

FAQ: SuperMemo Archive 2002
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You can reinstall SuperMemo by transferring its installation folder onto a new computer (#72)
(ilse lieve ackerman, USA Educational, Thursday, August 29, 2002 10:12 PM)
Question:
I have recently bought a new computer and need to transfer SuperMemo from my old one. How do I reinstall it?
Answer:
The best way would be to transfer the entire SuperMemo folder (i.e. folder where SuperMemo is installed) together with its subfolders onto a new computer. If you are a user of Windows XP, you could use Files and Settings Transfer Wizard


You can review newly added items during final drill (#79)
(Eric Thompson, Saturday, August 31, 2002 11:42 PM)
Question:
How can I review the newly added items in my collection?
Answer:
By default, SuperMemo 2002 automatically memorizes newly added items in a collection. If you do not have Final drill turned off (you can turn it off by choosing Tools : Options, clicking the Learning tab, and uncheck the Skip final drill box), you can later be drilled on recently added items by choosing Learn : Selected stages : Final drill (press Ctrl+F3 alternatively)


You can share your collections with other users (#137)
(Bob Welzel, Wednesday, September 11, 2002 1:21 AM)
Question:
I use Windows XP with separate desktops for my wife and kids. They would like to use some of my collections.
Answer:
If your wife and kids have all separate profiles set up in Windows XP, you should first make the whole SuperMemo folder (i.e. the folder where you have your SuperMemo installed) available in all profiles. Later on, you should create separate copies of a collection for your wife and kinds by choosing File : Copy collection from the main menu.


You can directly paste hyperlinks in SuperMemo 2002 (#177)
(Malcolm Macgregor, Saturday, September 14, 2002 3:29 PM)
Question:
Can I successfully paste a hyperlink from MS Word into SuperMemo 2002?
Answer:
Yes, if you paste a hyperlink directly into the HTML component (the default format of SuperMemo 2002), it should work correctly. Please remember, you can always set up a hyperlink manually by right-clicking the mouse over the HTML component and selecting Insert HTML link : Web address (you can press Ctrl+K alternatively)


Improper font on instant translation (#179)
(Marcin Rybacki, Poland, Monday, September 16, 2002 2:00 PM)
Question:
I do not get the SuperMemo IPA font when I check phonetic transcription of a given element.
Answer:
There may be 2 causes to this:
(1) the SuperMemo IPA font has not been installed on your computer. If this is the case you must do it manually in your Windows by accessing Control Panel : Fonts
(2) the SuperMemo IPA font has been installed on your system but it is not set up in SuperMemo. Here you would have to choose Tools : Options, select the Language tab, and select the proper font by pressing the Font button on the right of the Translation font text box


SuperMemo contains options that make it possible to employ in the learning of short industry courses (#200)
(Malcolm Macgregor, Saturday, September 21, 2002 12:32 AM)
Question:
There are many industry courses, which last one week on average and involve around 6 hours of intensive work each day. Is SuperMemo suited for such courses?
Answer:
Although SuperMemo is not a cramming tool, it has a number of options (e.g. random tests), which makes it possible to use it to effectively learn with the aforementioned courses. However, a user should bear in his/her mind thus remember knowledge is very volatile and should not discontinue repetitions once the exam is successfully passed to ensure life-long retention of the learning material.


SuperMemo renames the file name of a font once it is automatically installed (#204)
(Marcin Rybacki, Poland, Monday, September 16, 2002 2:00 PM)
Question:
I have recently moved my Advanced English collection to a new computer. Everything is fine, only SuperMemo IPA font is not displayed properly. What can I do to make it work?
Answer:
By default, the SuperMemo IPA font is included in the FONT subfolder of the collection folder. On the first opening of the collection, SuperMemo searches the folder and, if it finds a font to install, it automatically installs it. To ensure the font is not installed again and again, its file name is later renamed (i.e. SuperMemo IPA.ttf > _SuperMemo IPA.ttf). If you have moved your collection to a new location, you should also rename the font to its original name (i.e. remove the underbar from the name of the file). Once it is done, next time the collection is opened, SuperMemo will install the font automatically.


Copy, Paste and Cut functions are enough to import an item into SuperMemo (#211)
(Asia Symonowicz, Poland, Sunday, September 22, 2002 3:41 PM)
Question:
I keep on receiving individual items as Q&A sent via SuperMemo by my work-associate. I would like to memorize them in my collection. What's the best way to import them into SuperMemo?
Answer:
The procedure goes as follows:
(1) In your e-mail agent, select the contents of an item and copy it to the clipboard with Ctrl+C
(2) Switch to SuperMemo
(3) Add a new item with the Add new button at the bottom of the element window (press Alt+A alternatively)
(4) Paste the contents of the clipboard into the question component with Ctrl+V
(5) Select the answer part of the item and cut it to the clipboard with Ctrl+X
(6) Switch to the answer component (e.g. by pressing ESC)
(7) Paste the contents of the clipboard into the answer component with Ctrl+V
Make sure to remove Q: and A: from individual components.


It is possible for two or more people to learn the same collection on one computer (#343)
(Karolina Melkowska, Poland, Wednesday, October 09, 2002 8:57 PM)
Question:
How could more than one person learn from the same collection on the same computer?
Answer:
Use File : Copy collection (press Shift+Ctrl+C alternatively) from the main menu to create a separate copy of the collection for another learner


HTML component may mishandle keyboard shortcuts (#12664)
(karorze, Poland, Thursday, August 29, 2002 10:32 AM)
Question:
When I try to add a new word to a SuperMemo collection (e.g. a word like 'akacja') the very moment that I tap the 'c' letter I have a window CONTENTS open up instead of having the letter 'c' inserted into the word
Answer:
If you have problems with shortcuts in HTML in your configuration, use trimmed.tra interface with Tools : Options : Language (http://supermemo.com/ftp/tra/trimmed.tra), or better yet, update your Explorer/Windows. This problem occurs only in a subset of older installations


Individual products can be ordered separately or together (#12880)
(Ola, Tuesday, September 10, 2002 3:11 AM)
Question:
I have evaluated SuperMemo for PalmPilot and I would like to purchase the product. Do I have to purchase it separarely from SuperMemo 2002 or is there an all inclusive price?
Answer:
You can purchase two products separately or together. If you first order SuperMemo for Palm Pilot and you have allowed of cookies in the browser, all your personal data (except the credit card number) will be reused if you place another order.


You can transfer your learning process without the need of moving the entire collection (#11)
(Marcin Rybacki, Poland, Saturday, November 02, 2002 12:39 PM)
Question:
I am a user of Advanced English 97. I am primarily living in a city I study, however, I am coming back home on weekends. I would like to know how I can continue my repetitions while I am at home without the need to move the entire collection, which is quite big in size?
Answer:
As of SuperMemo 8.4, the program makes it possible to export your learning process, which you can later import into another copy of your collection, without the need to move the entire collection between different places. Note that Advanced English 97 CD-ROMs are shipped with SuperMemo 8.3, which does not feature Import/Export options of the learning process. All registered users you are entitled to free update to SuperMemo 8.4. To update, please write to SuperMemo Mail


Phonetic transcription registry is included in Advanced English 2002 (#22)
(Advanced English user, Monday, November 04, 2002 12:56 AM)
Question:
Does the newest release of Advanced English contains the transcription registry, that enables learner to read phonetic transcription of the texts in the collection.
Answer:
Yes, it does. For more information, read: Advanced English 2002.


Collections with the SBI and SDB extensions can only be opened with SuperMemo for Pocket PC (#24)
(Marcin Pawlicki, Poland, Monday, November 04, 2002 9:39 AM)
Question:
I have downloaded a few collections with the SBI and SDB extensions. Is there a possibility to import these collections into SuperMemo?
Answer:
SBI and SDB are the extensions of a collection compatible with SuperMemo for Pocket PC. As such, they can only be used with the version of the SuperMemo software for this platform exclusively.


You have to set the path to the Advanced English 97 audio collection in order to make it work with Advanced English 2002 (#22)
(Advanced English user, Monday, November 04, 2002 12:56 AM)
Question:
I have downloaded the Advanced English 97 audio collection. How should I install it to make it work with the recently purchased Advanced English 2002?
Answer:
(1) Unzip all 3 archives into a single folder (you should get one ELEMENTS folder containing c. 216 MB of sound files),
(2) Launch Advanced English 2002,
(3) In SuperMemo, choose Tools : Options (Ctrl+Alt+O),
(4) In the Options dialog box, click the Data access tab,
(5) In the Secondary storage text box, type in the location to the ELEMENTS folder from the Point 1,
(6) Click OK to save close the dialog box and save the change you have made.


You can paste images from clipboard into your elements (#47)
(schmera, Tuesday, November 05, 2002 10:06 PM)
Question:
Do I have to create a special component to include an image in an element or can I simply drop one onto the element window?
Answer:
The fastest way to add images to your elements is to paste them directly from the clipboard (with Shift+Ins or Ctrl+V). When you paste images from the clipboard, SuperMemo will create new components for you.


Advanced English 2002 can be learned with SuperMemo for Palm Pilot (#22)
(Advanced English user, Monday, November 04, 2002 12:56 AM)
Question:
Can Advanced English 2002 be learned in SuperMemo for Palm Pilot?
Answer:
Yes, there has been designed Advanced English 2002 Text-only in the Advanced English 2002 product line, which contains Advanced English 2002 as well as all accompanying collections in the format compatible with SuperMemo for Palm Pilot.


You can learn Advanced English 2002 with any SuperMemo (#22)
(Advanced English user, Monday, November 04, 2002 12:56 AM)
Question:
Can Advanced English 2002 be learned in SuperMemos different than SuperMemo 2002?
Answer:
Yes, it can. Advanced English 2002 Text-only contains the Q&A text files of all collections included in the product that can later be imported into every version of SuperMemo.


Use Advanced English 2002 product comparison table to decide which version of Advanced English 2002 suits best your needs (#22)
(SuperMemo user, Monday, November 04, 2002 12:56 AM)
Question:
I would like to purchase Advanced English 2002. I know from your website that the Advanced English 2002 product line features a couple of different versions. Where can I find information which would help me decide which version is best for me?
Answer:
Please check the Advanced English 2002 product comparison table


Choose the Custom installation of Advanced English 2002 in order to be able to install additional national versions of the Basic English collection (#22)
(Advanced English user, Monday, November 04, 2002 12:56 AM)
Question:
I am a German user of SuperMemo, who has recently bought Advanced English 2002. The product information page available in your Super Memory Store clearly states there is Basic English for the Germans in the package, however, when I install Advanced English 2002 only the Basic English collection gets installed.
Answer:
While installing Advanced English 2002, when the wizard asks you, which setup type best suits your needs, select the custom installation instead of the complete one. When you select Customize, the list with available components will appear. In the list, check Basic English for the Germans, which will make sure this collection will be installed on your computer.


The Answer attribute should not be used in multiple-choice test items (#99)
(Asia, Poland, Monday, November 11, 2002 10:23 PM)
Question:
I have created a multiple-choice test item in my collection, however, the correct answer is not visible at the time when question is asked?
Answer:
You have to uncheck the Answer attribute from the component's menu


You must save a new SuperMemo layout if you want to reuse it upon exiting SuperMemo (#99)
(Asia, Poland, Monday, November 11, 2002 10:23 PM)
Question:
I have created a new layout for SuperMemo but it is destroyed when I exit SuperMemo. How can I make it permanent?
Answer:
Once you have created a new layout, you should use Window : Layout : Save as default (Shift+Ctrl+F5)


AE97->SM2002: No data will be lost upon upgrading Advanced English 97 to the SuperMemo 2002 format (#114)
(Piotr Wasik, Poland, Tuesday, November 12, 2002 11:09 AM)
Question:
Will I not loose any important data necessary to continue my learning with my Advanced English 97 collection if I upgrade this collection to the SuperMemo 2002 format?
Answer:
No, you should not lose anything important during the upgrading process. Naturally, the introduction to Advanced English 97 will not be very useful due to changes in software. However, the material for learning English will not be affected


Use File : Copy collection to copy your collection files to a desired location (#146)
(Luis S., Saturday, November 16, 2002 7:17 PM)
Question:
I have created a collection on basic chemistry, which I would like to share with my friend? How can I do that?
Answer:
Please follow these steps:
(1) Open your collection in SuperMemo,
(2) Choose File : Copy collection (Shift+Ctrl+C),
(3) In the SuperMemo collection dialog box, in the Look in: box, click the drop-down arrow, and select the floppy disk drive (a:),
(4) Click the Open button to start copying your collection onto a floppy disk

Your friend will have to copy the collection files into the SYSTEMS subfolder in his/her SuperMemo folder (i.e. folder where (s)he has his/her copy of SuperMemo installed.

In this context, you should also remember about two important things:
(1) You will not be able to copy your collection onto a floppy disk if the size of the collection exceeds the 1.44 MB capacity of a diskette (In SuperMemo 2002, you can check the size of your collection by choosing File : Properties and peeking at the Total size field),
(2) Once your friend installs your collection on his/her computer, he should use File : Tools : Reset collection to return it to the state before the beginning of your learning process.


Text-only version of Advanced English 2002 can be complemented with Advanced English 97 Audio Collection (#22)
(Advanced English user, Monday, November 04, 2002 12:56 AM)
Question:
A couple of months ago, I bought Advanced English 2002, which, at that time, did not contain the audio collection, which is included in the product now. Is there an option to purchase Advanced English audio material alone or do I have to buy Advanced English 2002 again.
Answer:
For those customers, who had purchased Advanced English 2002 before it became available with sound, we have prepared the Advanced English 97 Audio Collection product, which contains only the audio material.


Two or more people can learn material from the same collection (#184)
(Pawel D., Poland, Wednesday, November 20, 2002 11:14 PM)
Question:
My brother and I would like to learn with the same collection. How can we accomplish that?
Answer:
You would have to create a copy of this collection under a different name. In SuperMemo 2002, you can create a copy of a given collection by choosing File : Copy collection (Shift+Ctrl+C) from the main menu.


SuperMemo 2002 + Advanced English 2002 is an entirely downloadable product (#200)
(Jan Jan=a, Czech Republic, Friday, November 22, 2002 8:53 AM)
Question:
I am interested in purchasing SuperMemo 2002 + Advanced English 2002. How many CD-ROMs does this product feature?
Answer:
It contains no CD-ROMs since the entire material including the audio collection is exclusively downloadable.


Delivery time for SuperMemo 2002 + Advanced English 2002 depends only on your Internet connection (#203)
(Jan Jan=a, Czech Republic, Friday, November 22, 2002 8:53 AM)
Question:
I am interested in SuperMemo 2002 + Advanced English 2002. How long would I have to wait for delivery?
Answer:
Since SuperMemo 2002 + Advanced English 2002 is exclusively downloadable material, you wait no longer than the download time required to get the product on your computer.


If a knowledge collection is in a newer format than your SuperMemo, the best option is to upgrade the software (#207)
(Karolina Melkowska, Poland, Saturday, November 23, 2002 12:49 PM)
Question:
I use SuperMemo 8.3 for Windows. Recently have I received a collection from my fellow student that I would like to import into my own collection. However, I cannot even open it. SuperMemo displays the following message: "To open this knowledge system you need a newer version of SuperMemo. For more information see www.supermemo.com." What should I do in order to be able to use my colleague's collection?
Answer:
The message displayed by SuperMemo indicates your colleague used a newer version of SuperMemo to learn this collection. In such a case, you could do what follows:
(1) Upgrade to the version of SuperMemo used by your colleague. If you would like to know which version he uses, he could check it by choosing Help : About from the main menu),
(2) Alternatively, if this collection is text-only, i.e. it does not use any images or sounds to illustrate the learning subject, you could ask your colleague to export his collection to a Q&A text file. In SuperMemo 2002, one can export a collection to a Q&A text file by choosing File : Tools : Export : Q&A text from the main menu).
You could later import it into your collection by choosing File : Import : Q-A text...


You can export a given branch to a Q&A text file (#185)
(Asia, Poland, Wednesday, November 20, 2002 5:05 PM)
Question:
I would like to export to a Q&A text file the contents of a single branch? How can I accomplish that?
Answer:

(1) Click the Contents button (Alt+C) to switch to from the element window to the contents window,
(2) Select the branch, which contents you would like to export to a Q&A text file,
(3) Right-click the selected branch, and then choose View : Selected branch (Ctrl+B),
(4) In the browser window, click the Menu button (the first from the left) in the browser toolbar, and choose Tools : Export Q&A text.


You can export a given branch to another collection (#185)
(Asia, Poland, Wednesday, November 20, 2002 5:05 PM)
Question:
I would like to send a given branch from my collection to my work associate so he could learn from it. How can I do that?
Answer:
(1) Create a new collection under a title, which describes the contents of the branch, with File : New collection from the main menu,
(2) Open the collection, in which you have the branch, that you would like to share with your work associate, with File : Open collection (Ctrl+O) from the main menu,
(3) Go to the contents window (e.g. by clicking on the Contents button (Alt+C) in the element window),
(4) In the contents window, select a branch, which you would like to share with your colleague,
(5) Right-click it, and then choose Tools : Transfer branch,
(6) In the SuperMemo collection dialog box, in the File box, select the collection, which you have created in the point 1, and then click the Open button,
(7) Click the Yes button to the Do you want to transfer elements? query,
(8) Click the Yes button to the Do you want to integrate all files with the target file system? query,
(9) Zip the newly created collection with the imported branch and send it to your colleague in the attachment of an e-mail.


You can merge whole collections into one master collection (#243)
(Karolina Melkowska, Poland, Tuesday, November 26, 2002 12:48 PM)
Question:
I have the The European Union (Political Geography) collection, which I would like to incorporate into my master collection. How can I do that?
Answer:
(1) Open The European Union (Political Geography) in SuperMemo,
(2) Choose File : Merge collection from the main menu,
(3) In the SuperMemo collection dialog box, in the File box, select the collection, into which you would like to import The European Union (Political Geography), and then click the Open button,
(4) Click the Yes button to the Do you want to transfer elements? query,
(5) Click the Yes button to the Do you want to integrate all files with the target file system? query.


Play at from the component menu determines when the sound component should be played (#19)
(smtomek, Poland, Monday, December 02, 2002 9:44 AM)
Question:
I have recently upgraded my Advanced English 97 collection to the newest SuperMemo 2002. I have experienced no problems during the upgrade process, however, when I learn with the collection the sound component is played twice during a single repetition: (1) when I press the Show answer button at the question phase, and (2) when I have graded myself. Is there a way to avoid it so the sound component would play only once (i.e. when I press Show answer during daily repetitions)?
Answer:
You have to modify the default template used across Advanced English 97:
(1) Go to an arbitrary item in your Advanced English 97 collection,
(2) Right-click the sound component, and then choose the Play at option from the component menu,
(3) In the Play at dialog box, uncheck the After grading option, and then click OK to save the change you have made,
(4) Choose Template : Save as template from the element menu to save the modified template in the template registry,
(5) Click the Contents button (Alt+C) to switch from the element window to the contents window,
(6) Right-click the root element (i.e. element #1), and then choose Process branch>,
(7) Choose Template : Apply template from the subset processing menu.


You cannot turn off confirmation dialog boxes (#26)
(herman_van_cauwelaert, Monday, December 02, 2002 9:26 PM)
Question:
Is it possible to turn off the confirmation dialog boxes in SuperMemo 2002 (e.g. when I delete an element)?
Answer:
No, it is not possible. Confirmation dialog boxes are heavily used for the following 2 basic reasons underlying the perennial struggle to make SuperMemo a user-friendly piece of software:
(1) To inform users about the task they are just about to perform,
(2) To avoid potential damages to learning material (e.g. when the shortcut key responsible for deleting an element is accidentally pressed).


You can browse through all memorized elements (#37)
(pirbos, Sweden, Tuesday, December 03, 2002 7:43 PM)
Question:
Where could I view all elements that I have already memorized in a given collection?
Answer:
Choose View : Memorized from the main menu.


Browser helps you inspect the learning parameters of a given subset of elements (#38)
(pirbos, Sweden, Tuesday, December 03, 2002 7:43 PM)
Question:
How could I inspect with which elements I do not have a problem with remembering and with which elements I have?
Answer:
(1) Choose View : Memorized from the main menu,
(2) In the browser window, click the Menu button from the browser toolbar (the first from the left), and then choose Child : Items from the browser menu to open a new browser with only memorized items,
(3) Sort the browser by one of the following columns (e.g. by clicking on a relevant column header):

  • Laps - number of times a given element has been forgotten,
  • Dif - difficulty of a given element in percent; the higher the percentage, the more difficult a given element,
  • AF - A-Factor associated with a given element; the higher the A-factor, the easier a given element.

The duplicate: prefix in a title helps differentiate between the original element and its duplicate (#70)
(JP, Sunday, December 08, 2002 1:25 PM)
Question:
Whenever I duplicate an element in my collection, the title of the new element is the title of the original element preceded with duplicate: . Are you planning to remove this particular solution in the next releases of SuperMemo?
Answer:
It is rather very unlikely. The purpose of the duplicate: prefix before the original title is to differentiate between the original element and its duplicate. However, once you finish the editing of the new element (i.e. duplicate), its title gets updated with the contents of the first text component (either TEXT, RTF, or HTML) and the prefix disappears.


Inspect your grading during repetitions of a given element by inspecting its repetition history (#50)
(pirbos, Sweden, Wednesday, December 04, 2002 5:09 PM)
Question:
Is there a possibility to check what grades I have given myself during repetitions of a given item?
Answer:
Choose Learning : Show repetition history (Shift+Ctrl+H) from the element menu to show the history of repetitions of the currently displayed element in the element window.


You can delete final drill manually (#53)
(Karolina Melkowska, Poland, Thursday, December 05, 2002 9:40 PM)
Question:
I have outstanding items in the final drill stage from yesterday. I have read on your website that final drill should be executed on the day the final drill queue is created. If so, how could I manually delete it?
Answer:
Use Learn : Cut drills from the main menu.


You can delete or leave for future reuse unused members in your SuperMemo registries (#59)
(Shaun Hoffland, United Kingdom, Friday, December 06, 2002 2:17 PM)
Question:
I ran the Repair collection command in my collection. Although it has reported NO ERRORS, I have various messages about unused registry elements. Should I do anything about this situation?
Answer:
If, upon running the Repair collection command, SuperMemo reports that there are unused members in one or more registries, it means that while all those members exist in individual registries of your collection, they are not linked to any element in it. In such a situation, you have basically two options:
(1) Remove unused members from registries,
(2) Leave them, if you think, you can reuse them in your future elements.

To remove unused members from a given registry, do what follows:
(1) Open a relevant registry (e.g. to open to the text registry, choose Search : Text registry (Ctrl+Alt+X) from the main menu),
(2) Click the Menu button (the first from the left) in the registry toolbar, and then choose Tools : Delete unused.


If you restart/shut down your computer without quitting SuperMemo first, it will reopen in the next run of Windows by design (#67)
(Jiri Pik, Saturday, December 07, 2002 8:36 PM)
Question:
Why when I do not quit SuperMemo and shut down my computer, the program is automatically started upon the next run of Windows?
Answer:
This is expected SuperMemo behavior. The idea behind this design is that when you restart your computer, you would like to return to the state right before the computer was restarted. If you would not like it to work this way, there are 2 basic solutions to that:
(1) Quit SuperMemo before you restart or shut down your computer,
(2) Use the Hibernate option of your operating system instead of the Turn off/Shut down command.


SuperMemo cannot become a do-all piece of software (#80)
(Jiri, Monday, December 09, 2002 12:58 PM)
Question:
Is the built-in backup system available in SuperMemo going to be improved to include options other professional backup utilities have, such as, for example, formatting hard drives?
Answer:
The purpose of the current backup system is to make a spare copy of your learning material in case of damage to the original version. Formatting hard drives or similar options implemented in backup utilities are secondary to SuperMemo, which is primarily a self-learning tool. As such, they are not likely to be implemented in the future releases of the software.


You can exchange data between SuperMemo for Windows and SuperMemo for Palm Pilot to a limited degree (#84)
(Gruters, Thursday, September 05, 2002 6:04 PM)
Question:
I am presently a registered user of SuperMemo for Palm Pilot, who uses the program on a daily basis. I have downloaded the demo of the Windows version with the hope that the two can allow for data exchange between each other. Is this the case?
Answer:
It is only partially possible. You can transfer your learning material from SuperMemo for Windows to SuperMemo for Palm Pilot. Note that while you are able to transfer you learning material, you are not able to transfer your learning process with it. Furthermore, it is only a one-way system, since the current version of SuperMemo for Palm Pilot does not feature any exporting option. It means that you will be able to transfer your learning materials from SuperMemo for Windows to SuperMemo for Palm Pilot but not otherwise.
Currently, the comprehensive XML-based data exchange system, which should provide this functionality, is under development.


You can quickly restore the default windows layout (#104)
(Simon Jacques, Wednesday, December 11, 2002 10:01 AM)
Question:
I accidentally changed to the SuperMemo layout to the classic windows layout. I don't know how to change it back to the original layout which was set upon the first start-up of the program.
Answer:
Press Ctrl+F5 to restore the default windows layout.


Currently, there is no utility that would convert database in the Palm Pilot format to the Pocket PC format (#116)
(yipwsk, Hong Kong, Thursday, December 12, 2002 2:24 AM)
Question:
I have been using SuperMemo for Palm Pilot with several self-made databases. Now am I planning to switch from the Palm version to SuperMemo for Pocket PC. Does your company have any software to convert a database in the Palm Pilot format to the Pocket PC format?
Answer:
Unfortunately, there is no such tool currently available.


You can inspect when a given element has been added to your collection (#170)
(Karolina Melkowska, Poland, Sunday, December 22, 2002 3:08 PM)
Question:
Is there a way to check when a given element has been added to a collection?
Answer:
Right-click an element, and then select Learning : Show repetitions history (Shift+Ctrl+H). In the Repetition history window, look at a cell in the last row of the Date column.


You can decide if topics or items should be reviewed first (#185)
(Asia, Poland, Monday, December 23, 2002 8:27 AM)
Question:
When I make my outstanding repetitions I would like to be able to repeat items first and review topics later.
Answer:
Before you start making repetitions:
(1) Click View : Outstanding to open the browser with outstanding elements scheduled for a given day,
(2) In the browser, sort the outstanding elements by their type so all items would be first and topics last (e.g. by clicking on the header of the Type column),
(3) Click the Menu button on the browser toolbar, and then select Tools : Save repetitions to save the current browser sorting sequence.


You cannot change the replay speed of animated GIFs (#228)
(Jiri Pik, Saturday, December 28, 2002 12:08 PM)
Question:
I use animated GIFs in my collection. However, the replay speed in SuperMemo is pretty high. Would it be possible to set the speed manually?
Answer:
SuperMemo does not affect and has no way of changing the replay speed of animated GIFs as it is defined extrinsically by the graphic artist in his or her favorite tool.


Leech Alert attracts your attention to the most difficult material (#235)
(Asia, Poland, Sunday, December 29, 2002 10:38 AM)
Question:
When I make my repetitions the Leech Alert dialog box keeps appearing, which disturbs my repetitions. What should I do to turn it off?
Answer:
You should not turn it off. A leech is a particularly difficult element that causes problems in learning (i.e. it is forgotten many times). Upon encountering a leech during repetitions (as it is defined by means of the filter dialog box used in View : Other browser : Leeches (Shift+F3)), SuperMemo will open the Leech alert dialog box. You should then press the Edit button in the dialog box and reformulate a given item so it would not cause any more problems in the future. Read 20 rules of formulating knowledge for information on how to formulate well-defined items, which are easy to remember. Once you reformulate the item, you should rememorize it.


You can change the color of SuperMemo background (#16)
(amadeus1756pl, Wednesday, January 01, 2003 8:17 PM)
Question:
Is it possible to change the color of SuperMemo background activated by choosing Window : Background (Ctrl+Alt+F10)?
Answer:
Use Window : Layout : Background color.


You can browse all elements using a given image (#40)
(SuperMemo User, Saturday, January 04, 2003 6:35 PM)
Question:
Is there a way to open the browser with all elements using currently selected picture in the image registry?
Answer:
(1) Open the image registry (e.g. choose Search : Images from the main menu),
(2) Select a relevant registry member,
(3) Click the Browse button at the bottom of the registry window.


You can browse all elements using images (#40)
(SuperMemo User, Saturday, January 04, 2003 6:35 PM)
Question:
Is there a way to open the browser with all elements using pictures?
Answer:
(1) Open the image registry (e.g. choose Search : Images from the main menu),
(2) Select a relevant registry member,
(3) Click the Menu button (the first from the left) in the image registry toolbar,
(4) Choose View : Browse all (Shift+Ctrl+B) from the registry menu.


Advanced English 2002 is also distributed in the Q&A format, which is compatible with each SuperMemo version (#72)
(Marcin Bieszczanin, Poland, Wednesday, January 08, 2003 4:11 AM)
Question:
I have just taken a look at the Advanced English 2002 compatibility table, which clearly says the collection is compatible with each version of SuperMemo (i.e. Windows, Palm Pilot, Pocket PC, etc.) while in fact Advanced English 2002 works only with SuperMemo 2002.
Answer:
It is true that the default format of the Advanced English 2002 collection is for SuperMemo 2002. However, with each copy there is included the entire collection in the Q&A format, which is importable into all versions of SuperMemo.


SuperMemo does not internalize into a collection's file structure objects nested in the imported articles (#192)
(Jan Gorski, Poland, Wednesday, January 22, 2003 4:53 PM)
Question:
I have generated page with math formulas pictures http://www.mimuw.edu.pl/~jacho/test/HagWord/HagV3se4.html and after entering it to SuperMemo 2002 there are no pictures. I also have the local version of this page in my Win98 and WinXP computer and when I add an HTML file it also doesn't import pictures. I can see them in Internet Explorer but not in SuperMemo.
Answer:
When importing a web page into SuperMemo (e.g. with Ctrl+Alt+H), SuperMemo internalizes the HTML document into a given collection's file structure, however, it does not internalize objects nested in the document. If the imported document is on-line, SuperMemo will keep will not change the references which point to the on-line resource (i.e. if you disconnect from the Internet, objects in an HTML document will become unavailable). If you would like to keep individual pictures in your SuperMemo elements, if is best to import them into SuperMemo via the image component.


All your learning material should be stored in one master collection with which you should daily learn (#230)
(golusiek, Poland, Sunday, January 26, 2003 5:45 PM)
Question:
I have two collections that I learn with. One is for learning English while the other for learning German. Should I learn with each collection every day or on alternate days (e.g. English today, German tomorrow)?
Answer:
You should learn with each collection every day (or at least restrain to repeating only outstanding material scheduled by SuperMemo). Better yet, you should merge these two collections into one body of knowledge. You can read about the benefits of one master collection in the point 9 of SuperMemo: Step-by-step guide


You can cancel the SuperMemo Help and Website download during the installation process and complete it at another time (#267)
(SuperMemo Setup Beta, Tuesday, January 28, 2003 8:46 PM)
Question:
I have checked the Download SuperMemo Help and Website option, but the current transfer is so slow that the Remaining time indicator in the Downloading... window shows a couple of hours before the download is complete. If I cancelled the download now, would SuperMemo complete the installation process without installing the help file?
Answer:
Yes, it would. Just click Cancel and then click Yes to the Do you want to cancel the download? query. You can download SuperMemo Help and Website (i.e. smhelp.chm) later in two basic ways:

  1. Go to the Download SuperMemo Help and Website page and download the help file from this page,
  2. Run SuperMemo Setup again and download the help file with its assistance.
    Note you do not have to install SuperMemo in a different folder unless it is your intention. Otherwise let SuperMemo Setup complete the current installation.

The SuperMemo button will not automatically appear on the Internet Explorer toolbar if you have previously customized the toolbar (#268)
(SuperMemo Setup Beta, Tuesday, January 28, 2003 8:46 PM)
Question:
I had checked the Add an Internet Explorer toolbar button option, however, I do not see it on my Internet Explorer toolbar although the installation process was reported successful?
Answer:
If the user has customized the Internet Explorer toolbar, the SuperMemo 2002 button will not appear on the toolbar automatically. The toolbar button will be added to the choices in the Customize Toolbar dialog box and will appear if the toolbar is reset.
To reset the toolbar, right-click it, and then click Customize. In the Customize Toolbar dialog box, click Reset.


Create desktop shortcuts pointing to SuperMemos to avoid undesired collection upgrade attempts (#21)
(Bogdan P., Poland, Friday, December 27, 2002 7:24 PM)
Question:
I have a couple of collections on my computer. They are all in different formats (e.g. Multimedia SuperMemo, SuperMemo 98, etc.). I would like to create individual desktop shortcuts to these collections, however, it happens very often that when I try to run a given collection it is attempted to be opened not in SuperMemo, with which it is compatible. How can I avoid it?
Answer:
Instead of creating individual desktop shortcuts for each collection, you would rather create individual shortcuts for each version of SuperMemo. Only then when an appropriate SuperMemo is run, choose a desired collection from the most recently used (MRU) list in the File main menu item


You can count how many memorized elements a given branch has (#315)
(Asia Symonowicz, Poland, Friday, January 31, 2003 2:54 PM)
Question:
How can I automatically count how many memorized elements I have in a given branch?
Answer:
(1) Go to the contents window (e.g. click the Contents button (Alt+C) in the element window)
(2) Right-click a branch, which memorized elements you would like to count,
(3) Choose Process branch> from the contents menu,
(4) Choose Count : Memorized from the subset processing menu

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