Edit menu

The Edit submenu on the main menu makes it possible to add new elements, enrich them with components (e.g. sounds or pictures), delete elements, edit elements, and more. The Edit submenu is available only after you enter the middle level or the professional level (with File : Level).

Here are the options of the Edit submenu:

  • Add a new item - add a new item to the current collection (Alt+A). An item is an element that takes part in repetitions and often has the question-answer form (see also: Topics vs. items). The item is added to the current category (as selected in the category combo-box on the Tools toolbar)
  • Add a new article - add a new article to the current collection (Ctrl+Alt+N). The article is pasted from the clipboard
  • Add a new task - add a new task to the current tasklist. Current tasklist is determined by the selection in the rightmost combo on the Tools toolbar. To see the current tasklist, use the tasklist manager (e.g. press F4)
  • Import web pages (Shift+F8) - import learning material from Internet Explorer. You can import the content or links to web pages currently opened in Internet Explorer. If you have more than one copy of Internet Explorer opened, you can import from many web pages at once. This option also makes it possible to close instances of Internet Explorer that are no longer needed (e.g. during or after page import) 

  • Import mail - import mail from MS Outlook into a series of topics for incremental reading (see: Using e-mail with SuperMemo)
  • Add to category - add new elements to the current category (as selected in the category combo on the Tools toolbar)
    • Item - add a new item to the current category (category hook becomes the parent of the added item). The item will use the default category template (originally, two HTML text components forming a question and an answer)
    • Note - add a new note to the current category. A note is a topic that uses the default topic template (originally, a single scaleable HTML text component). Use this option, e.g. with Alt+N, to type in rough notes into your collection. You can then process your notes in the process of incremental reading
    • HTML Note - add a new HTML note to the current category. This option is the same as Add to category : Note (above), but it always uses the default HTML topic template (same as the original Article template)
    • Article - paste an article to SuperMemo. The article will be added to the current category. It will use the default topic template. Originally, this template is based on a single HTML component. The text currently stored in the clipboard will be pasted. You can then process the pasted text with incremental reading. Most often you will use this option to paste portion of text from your web browser. After you select some text, press Ctrl+C, switch back to SuperMemo (e.g. with Alt+Tab) and press Ctrl+Alt+N
    • HTML file - import an HTML file saved on your hard disk and place it as a reading topic in the current category. If you have saved the file with Internet Explorer, the accompanying files will be imported as well (pictures, scripts, frame pages, etc.)
    • Web page - add to your collection a link to a web page for easy access directly from SuperMemo. Check the box Open automatically to make sure the live page loads as soon as you enter the element linking to the page
    • E-mail - add an e-mail text for incremental reading (use this option only if you cannot import mail automatically from MS Outlook). It is recommended that you use e-mail headers for easiness of responding to e-mail fragments. For example, in Outlook Express, you can click Forward to get access to the e-mail text with the header. SuperMemo will use the address that follows [mailto: in responding to e-mail fragments. Here is an exemplary header
      -----Original Message----- 
      From: John Ruiz [mailto:noname@noname.com] 
      Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2000 4:10 PM 
      To: none@supermemo.org
      Subject: SuperMemo interface suggestions
  • Add to tasklist - add new elements to the current tasklist as selected in the tasklist combo box on the Tools toolbar
    • Task - add a new task to the currently selected tasklist
    • Article - add a new article to the current tasklist. The task will use the default task template. The text component in the task template will paste the text currently stored in the clipboard. The current tasklist is determined by the selection in the tasklist combo on the Tools toolbar. To view the current tasklist, choose Tools : Tasklist (F4)
    • HTML file - import an HTML file saved on your hard disk and place it as a reading task on the current reading list
    • URL - add a URL to the current tasklist for easy access to web pages directly from SuperMemo. You can use this option to save space and import the full article only then when its reading turn comes
    • E-mail - add a new e-mail text to the currently selected tasklist (see: Using e-mail with SuperMemo)
  • Create category - open the Category Wizard to create a new category. Select the location of the category in the contents window, choose its name and, optionally, change its templates. In those quick three steps, you can easily add new categories to your collection
  • Create tasklist - create a new category (as with Create category above) and add a tasklist rooted in that category
  • Add components - add new components in the element window. This is an alternative way of building your elements. More often you will use the Compose toolbar in the main window:
    • Image - image component for displaying pictures (BMP, JPEG, GIF, WMF, etc.). Note that you may prefer to simply paste pictures to SuperMemo. SuperMemo will create an image component for you
    • Sound - sound component for playing sound files (WAV, MID, MP3, Real Audio, etc.)
    • HTML - HTML component that can be used to display HTML files. Note that you may prefer to use ready-made HTML templates or paste your texts to SuperMemo (e.g. with Ctrl+Alt+N)
    • Rich text - rich text component using the RTF format
    • Text - plain text component
    • Spell - spell-pad component for spelling exercises
    • Script - script component for animating other components (see: Using scripts)
    • Other - bring up the Compose toolbar with all other components that can be created by drag&drop
  • Edit text
    • Edit title - edit the text of the element currently displayed in the element window
    • Edit first question - edit the first text component that is visible at question time
    • Edit first answer - edit the first text component that is marked as an answer
    • Edit all - switch all text components to editing mode
    • Add pronunciation - add a word-transcription pair to the phonetic transcription registry (only if this registry has been created with Tools : Options : Language)
    • Apply filter - process all texts used by all elements in the collection with a filter file (e.g. replace a set of strings with another set of string, remove delimited comments, move delimited comments to the comments registry, etc.)
  • Delete element - delete the currently displayed element
  • Delete components - delete all components in the currently displayed element
  • Menus - make it possible to open currently available context menus for individual windows or components: