Search

The Search submenu on the main menu is available at the middle and professional levels. It can be used in searching your collection for texts, pictures, fonts, etc. Many of those searches are done with the help of registries. Those menu items that provide access to a registry, display the number of members in the registry in parentheses (for example, the Search menu in the picture shows that the exemplary collection carries a lexicon of nearly 340,000 words):

The following menu items are available:

  • Find elements - find all elements containing a given text. Note that some texts in SuperMemo can be displayed by means of images or OLE objects. Those will not show up in the search. The results of the search will be displayed in the element browser. If you quit the browser, you can always return to the results of your last search with View : Search results. The texts found in the search can also be viewed in the text registry as the first registry subset. If you want to search for non-English texts, use may prefer to use Find Unicode (below)
  • Find texts - find all texts in the text registry that contain a given string. Once you close the text registry, the results can be viewed later on by going to the first subset in the text registry (Search : Texts followed by Alt+Right). Once the results are displayed, you can do AND-search by choosing Ctrl+S again and searching for the second string of the AND-search pair. Choosing Ctrl+S again will make SuperMemo search only through the results of the first search. Choosing Ctrl+R will make it possible to apply Find and replace in the currently selected subset of texts (this method is much faster than Search : Search and replace)
  • Find string - find a string in the currently selected text component. Use this option (e.g. by pressing F3) to search the contents of particularly long articles. If you use Find string after Find elements, you will be able to locate the searched string in the text of elements that include the string
  • Find selection - search for the currently selected text in the entire collection
  • Find Unicode - search for strings that use non-ASCII characters
  • Search and replace - search all entries of the text registries and replace the occurrence of one string with another. For large collections, it is faster to first search for the string to replace with Ctrl+S and execute Find and replace only on the subset of texts with Ctrl+R
  • Web search (Ctrl+F3) - search for the currently selected string using search engines (e.g. Google), Wikipedia, encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other web sources. You can also define your own search tools, for example, to search for movies, actors, scientific papers, sportsmen, etc.
  • Texts - open the text registry with all texts used in the collection. The texts for the registry are contributed by the following components: plain text, Spell-Pad, RTF rich text, HTML text, and sound component
  • Lexicon - open the lexicon registry that makes it possible to locate individual words used in the collection (except for words used in pictures, OLE objects, etc.). Note that if on-the-fly lexicon compilation is turned off (to speed up SuperMemo), some words might be missing from the list (see: Options : Data access)! In such cases run: File : Repair collection with Rebuild lexion checked
  • Images - open the image registry. You can search for a particular image with Ctrl+S once the registry is opened
  • Sounds - open the sound registry
  • Templates - open the template registry
  • Categories - open the category registry
  • Tasklists - open the tasklist registry. A new tasklist can be added within the current category with Add. Tasklists can be edited in the tasklist manager (Tools : Tasklist). You can create a new tasklist with Edit : Create tasklist
  • Other registries
    • Font - open the font registry with fonts that are used by plain text components, sound components and spelling components. These fonts can also be used in rich text component formatting; however, they are not registered with RTF or HTML text components. Changing a given font in the registry will only affect plain text components that use this font. Rich text components will not be modified. Their font is coded inside the text source (e.g. inside the HTML file) or in the stylesheet definition
    • Translation - open the translation registry if a translation language has been selected. The translation registry can be selected with Tools : Options : Language : Collection translation
    • Pronunciation by word - open the lexical twin of the phonetic transcription registry (if installed and selected in Options). The phonetic transcription registry is selected with Tools : Options : Language : Phonetic transcription
    • Pronunciation by sound - open the transcription twin of the phonetic transcription registry (if installed and selected in Options). The phonetic transcription registry is selected with Tools : Options : Language : Phonetic transcription
    • Comment - open the comment registry. Comments are attached to elements with Comment on the element parameters dialog box in Edit : Element parameters (Ctrl+Shift+P) on the element menu
    • Video - open the video registry
    • Binary - open the binary registry, i.e. the registry with objects such as executable files, help files (HLP or CHM), MPEG files, and all imaginable files (including in formats that are not supported by Windows)
    • Style - open the stylesheet registry
    • Script - open the script registry. Note that you can edit scripts directly in the script registry
    • OLE Object - open the registry with OLE objects created in other applications (e.g. MS Word, MS Excel, Mind Manager, etc.)
  • Ancestors - open the Ancestor window that makes it possible to go to a given ancestor with a double-click 
  • Go to - go to an element of a given number, i.e. display it in the element window. All elements have unique numbers that correspond with their physical location in the collection. You can use the shortcut Ctrl+G to execute Search : Go to. You can also use Ctrl+G to see the number of the currently displayed element. The number of the current element is also displayed in the caption of the element data window as well as in the caption of Element parameters dialog box (Ctrl+Shift+P)

An exemplary image registry available with Search : Images:

SuperMemo: searching for pictures in the image registry

An exemplary category registry available with Search : Categories:

SuperMemo: searching for categories in the category registry

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