Contents window

The contents window in SuperMemo displays the knowledge tree of the current collection 

These are the most prominent components of the contents window:

  • Knowledge tree (in the middle of the window). If you would like to build your own knowledge tree, read: Creating the structure of a knowledge tree
  • Caption (at the top of the window). The captions shows the full path to the location of the current collection on the hard disk (or a network drive)
  • Toolbars (under the caption):
    • Edit toolbar - buttons used in most frequent operations on the knowledge tree
    • Data bar - information about the element that is currently selected in the knowledge tree
    • Title tab - edit area for editing element's title
  • Editing buttons (at the bottom of the window):
    • View - view the currently selected element in the element window
    • Learn - make repetitions for the selected branch and memorize pending elements belonging to the branch
    • Add - add a new element as a child of the currently selected element (a child is an element that is one level down in the knowledge tree)
    • Sibling - add a new element as a sibling of the currently selected element (a sibling is an element is is on the same level in the knowledge tree)
    • Insert - insert a new element in the place of the currently selected element (the current element moves one position down)
    • Delete - delete the currently selected element and all its children (if any)
    • Accept - accept the choice of the currently selected element. This button is active only if another option in SuperMemo requires selecting an element. In such a case, the contents window is opened and you can point to the element of interest and click Accept). For example, choosing Hyperlink on the component's pop-up menu will open the contents window and ask for selecting an element to link to

In the figure above, red stop icons denote dismissed elements (i.e. elements that do not participate in learning), while L-plate icons indicate elements that take part in the learning process. L-plate icons are light blue if the element is pending (i.e. waiting for memorization) and dark blue if the element is memorized (i.e. included in the repetition schedule)

The plus sign to the left of the element indicates that the element has children. You can see the children when you click the plus sign. The minus sign to the left of the element indicates that the element with children can be collapsed. When you click the minus sign, all children will disappear from view and the minus sign will be replaced with a plus sign


Professional level

The contents window provides also a number of advanced options from its pop-up menu. To open the pop-up menu right-click over the contents window or press Alt+F10.


Frequently Asked Questions

You can use View to see a contents element in the element window
Items, unlike tasks or topics, take a long-term participation in the learning process
Many elements in a single branch can slow SuperMemo down
To have a given template applied with Add new, you must select the appropriate category

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