Insert special characters with CatchChar

I just released a freeware utility CatchChar that makes it easy to enter frequently used unicode characters by keeping them on a popup menu. Note that it can be used to enter unicode in any Windows edit box that supports unicode. In WhizFolders, the topic editor, on the right, supports unicode so you can use CatchChar to enter unicode in the text of topics.

To download CatchChar and to see more details, please see its product page.

Save on typing with the Auto Text feature

Auto Text is a new feature in WhizFolders that will save your typing time for often used words, phrases and even whole text blocks. All you need to do is make up a WhizFolder document containing your Auto Text mnemonics and their expanded text or text snippets. Then set this document as an Auto Text reference list. It can’t get easier than that, thanks to WhizFolders two-pane document design.

The new version 6.3.6 of WhizFolders has an Auto Text feature. Auto Text is a feature that will save your typing time for often used words, phrases and even whole text blocks. All you need to do is make up a WhizFolder document containing your Auto Text mnemonics and their expanded text or text snippets. Then set this document as an Auto Text reference list. It can’t get easier than that, thanks to WhizFolders two-pane document design.

If you set up Auto Text, you can type a word and then press Ctrl-Space to have it replaced by any text replacement, even a big block of text having many paragraphs.

For example, you type “inf” and press Ctrl-Space to have it replaced by the text “information.” In this article, I will call such a short word inf–a mnemonic and information–its expansion.

You might have seen such a feature in word processors but the best part in WhizFolders is making up the list of mnemonics and their expansion. Here is a step by step example:

  1. Create a new WhizFolder document called “my mnemonics.”
  2. Add a topic with the name “inf” and its text as “information.”
  3. Click on Tools–General Options–Editor, Auto Text. Then click “Select Document” to select the above document. That’s it. You’re done.

    Save on typing effort with auto text feature

  4. Now open a topic for editing and type “inf” then press Ctrl-Space. It will be replaced by “information.”
  5. Now another convenience of using WhizFolders. To add more mnemonics or to modify one, just reopen your document created above. Add or change stuff then press Save All. As soon as you do that, your new mnemonics are in effect. It’s the extra convenience of changing and testing right there that really matters.

Since this is a new feature, we would like to get more ideas on how to improve this and whether some things don’t work correctly.

Are you keyboard savvy? Want to make maximum use of the keyboard?

In WhizFolders, most of the operations are made easy with keyboard shortcuts so that those of you who don’t like to leave the keyboard won’t be disappointed. A complete list can be seen on the menu “Help–List keys for operations” on the document window.

Here is a feature you may not have noticed–you can see a complete list of the shortcuts by the menu “Help–List keys for operations” on the document window. What is more, you can even change the shortcut keys according to your convenience.

Suppose you want to change the shortcut key for command “Rename Topics.” Here are the steps on how to do it.

  • Go to “Help–List keys for operations” menu.
  • Select Command “Rename Topic.” It will have the shortcut key as “Ctrl+R.”
  • Now click on”Change/Assign Shortcut keys.” Change the combination of the key in the text box. You just need to press the combination of keys that you want to assign.
  • If the key combination is already associated with some other command, WhizFolders will display a confirmation message whether it should replace the existing association.
  • Once you click OK and return to the list, the key combination is already assigned.

Sometimes the new key combination may not work. If so, please send us a note and we will investigate it. If for any reason you want to return to the original state before you assigned any keys, you can use the button “Reset all operations to default keys.”