Browser

A browser is a window with a subset of elements belonging to the currently opened collection. Browsers for various element subsets are primarily available from the View menu (only at Middle and Professional levels). There are also multiple other ways of opening browsers in various contexts with various element subsets. For example, if you are in the contents window, right click, choose View and then a sub-option such as Branch or Descendants (Ctrl+Space) to open a contents branch or the descendants of the selected elements.

An example browser window looks like this:

SuperMemo: Browser with elements on History of War

With the green-yellow alignment button on the browser toolbar, you can align the browser to the left along with the element window to the right. This way you can preview individual elements as the selection in the browser changes (only if the synchronization button is down as in the picture). A right-click over the browser area opens the browser menu with advanced operations on the browser.

Browser window components

A browser window is made of the following components:

Some of the browser fields listed above allow of sorting the browser. Click on the field's caption to sort the browser. For example, to sort the browser by the last repetition date, click LastRep. To change the ascending order to the descending order, click again. The elements in the picture are sorted for theTitle field

Visual Browser

In Windows 7, Windows 8 and some versions of Windows Vista, you can browse your elements visually:

SuperMemo: Element browser in the thumbs mode

Figure: Element browser in the thumbs mode

Visual browser is useful when searching for elements that include pictures. In the picture: Search : Find elements (Ctrl+F) is used to find all elements that contain the word Alzheimer but which may also feature (but do not have to) one of the following texts: ApoE, PS1, Presenilin (the search definition is saved as Alzheimer's Disease):

SuperMemo: You can use AND, OR and NOT search to locate elements in your collection (in the picture: Search : Find elements (Ctrl+F) is used to find all elements that contain the word Alzheimer but which may also feature (but do not have to) one of the following texts: ApoE, PS1, Presenilin)

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