Edit menu


The Edit submenu of 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).

Edit menu items

Here are the options on the Edit submenu:

Add a new item

Add a new article

  • Add a new article (Ctrl+N) - add a new article to the current collection. The article is pasted from the clipboard

Add a new task

  • Add a new task (Alt+F1) - 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)

Open web links

  • Open web links - open all web pages to which the current element links to

Import web pages

  • Import web pages
    • All (Shift+Ctrl+A) - 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 pictures, import live pages, etc. Web import as Local pages takes only the selected portion of the text in the browser (or all text, it none is selected); this does not apply to Wikipedia or YouTube imports (below); imported selections are marked as Portion of: in the reference title. Typical web import with only a portion of text selected in the browser. All references are added automatically.

      Grays Harbor filed for a preliminary permit to test technology for a 100-megawatt wave park to be floated 20 to 25 miles off the San Francisco coast. Grays' San Francisco Ocean Energy Project "may also generate power from wind turbines" placed on the wave-energy converters, according to the company's application.

      So far the project has generated heated opposition from a coalition of environmental groups, surfers and commercial fishing organizations that have intervened in the case. They argue that the wave farm's location in federally protected marine sanctuaries near the Farallon Islands could harm endangered whales, turtles and seabirds as well as interfere with surfers, sailors and pose a navigation hazard for oil tankers and other ships

      #Title: Selected portion of: San Francisco's wave farm fight - Green Wombat
      #Date: Mar 03, 2009, 08:41:48
      #Source: Web import: "San Francisco wave farm"
      #Link: http://greenwombat.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2009/03/02/san-franciscos-wave-farm-fight/

      Typical web import with only a portion of text selected in the browser. All references are added automatically.

    • Wikipedia (Shift+Ctrl+W) - import pages from Wikipedia. This will either import currently opened Wikipedia articles or let you specify the name of the article to import. This options also applies a Wikipedia-specific filter to help you remove garbage that will not take part in learning (margins, options, edit links, etc.)
      SuperMemo: Importing articles about clathrate gun hypothesis from Wikipedia for incremental learning
    • YouTube (Shift+Ctrl+Y) - import YouTube videos for incremental learning (incremental video). This will either import currently opened YouTube videos or let you specify keywords that should be used to search for the video.
      SuperMemo: Importing videos featuring Richard Dawkins from YouTube for incremental learning

Import mail

Add to category

  • Add to category - add new elements to the current category (as selected in the category combo on the Tools toolbar)
    • Item (Alt+A) - 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 (Alt+N) - 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 to type in rough notes into your collection. You can then process your notes in the process of incremental reading
    • HTML Note (Ctrl+H) - 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 (Ctrl+N) - 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+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 (as Webpage complete), the accompanying files will be imported as well (pictures, scripts, frame pages, etc.)
    • 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 to tasklist - add new elements to the current tasklist as selected in the tasklist combo box on the Tools toolbar
    • Task (Alt+F1) - 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 tasklist
    • E-mail - add a new e-mail text to the currently selected tasklist (see: Using e-mail with SuperMemo)

Create category

  • 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 tasklist - create a new category (as with Create category above) and add a tasklist rooted in that category

Add components

  • 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, PNG, 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+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 text
    • Edit title (Alt+T) - edit the text currently displayed in the title bar of the element window
    • Edit first question (Q) - edit the first text component that is visible at the question time
    • Edit first answer (A) - edit the first text component that is marked as an answer
    • Edit all (E) - switch all text components to the 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 element (Shift+Ctrl+Del) - delete the currently displayed element

Delete components

  • Delete components - delete selected components from the currently displayed element


  • Menus - make it possible to open currently available context menus for individual windows or components: