FAQ: Knowledge tree in the Contents window


You can use View to see the current element in the element window
(Noel C, USA, Sep 18, 1998)
Question:
When I double click an element without children, I get to view it in the element window. However, when it has children, its branch opens or closes. How can I easily view contents elements with children in the element window?
Answer:
Click View at the bottom of the contents window


You can move elements with drag&drop
(facep2b, Mon, Jun 11, 2001 23:03)

Question:
How can I move the presenting order of items within a branch? Say, I want to move an item from the 95th place in the category to the 3rd place
Answer:
You can use drag&drop operations in Contents. See: Building the knowledge tree


Moving elements between remote branches
(Richard D., USA, Jun 11, 2001)

Question:
How can I easily move elements between two deeply-nested branches in the contents tree? I could not find copy, cut and paste in the contents window
Answer:
The most convenient way is to open the second contents window (use the blue Contents alignment icon) and use drag-and-drop operations


SuperMemo rearranges elements when there are too many children per branch
(Ahmet Karahan, Friday, December 13, 2002 10:52 AM)
Question:
I find it very annoying that SuperMemo automatically changes the hook of a given branch upon adding a number of elements. Is this a bug?
Answer:
For performance reasons, SuperMemo arranges elements into separate folders of the knowledge tree if their number exceeds the limit set by Children limit per branch. It also automatically changes the hook (i.e. the appending point) to make sure it adds new elements to a folder with the fewest children. 
If you would like to change the present limit of elements per branch, select Tools : Options (Ctrl+Alt+O), click the SuperMemo tab, and slide the Children limit per branch control to a desired value. Alternatively, you can manually build the knowledge tree of your collection. For details, read: Creating the knowledge tree


From search to the location in the knowledge tree
(Eric Thompson, Monday, July 08, 2002 7:06 PM)
Question:
When searching for an element using Find elements, how do I get to that point in the tree?
Answer:
If you search for "Hercules" in your material, all elements containing that text will be displayed in the browser. To see the location of the currently displayed element in the knowledge tree, click Contents


Use Arrange in folders to improve performance of your collection
(Asia, Poland, Wednesday, November 20, 2002 5:05 PM)
Question:
When I open/collapse branches in the contents window, I have to wait quite a while before the knowledge tree is refreshed in the window. Can I somehow speed this up?
Answer:
Use Tools : Arrange in folders from the contents menu on branches that contain a large number of children


Using many categories is better than using many collections
(Said Hussein Yasin, Switzerland, Feb 18, 1999)
Question:
What should I do for different subjects; should I use different categories within one and the same collection or should I create a new collection for each subject?
Answer:
It is highly recommended you keep all your knowledge in just one collection. Categories have been created in order to help you manage different subjects globally. They help you to quickly switch between different branches of the contents tree and keep the same look for all items in a given category. See: Using categories


Deleting many elements without confirmation
(Michal Hosowicz, Poland, Saturday, February 01, 2003 6:19 PM)
Question:
How can I delete many elements without confirming each delete?
Answer:
Drag them to a single leaf in the contents tree and delete that leaf


You cannot delete the tree root
(Peter , Netherlands, Mon, 12 May 2003 23:20:07 +0200)
Question:
SuperMemo displayed this message: "Cannot delete the tree root Topic #1: Family & Friends"
Answer:
This message appears when you try to delete the root of the knowledge tree in SuperMemo. This operation is not allowed; however, File : Delete collection is equivalent. All your learning material will be deleted


The place where new elements are added
(Steven White, Australia, Thursday, September 12, 2002 8:10 AM)
Question:
I would like my new items to be added always at the end of the knowledge tree, however, SuperMemo appends them all in different places.
Answer:
To get your elements added to a specific place in the knowledge tree, click Contents, select the location and click Insert at the bottom of the contents window. You can also make your selection of the append point (so called hook) more permanent in two ways:

  1. Create a category in the contents window (e.g. with Edit : Create category from the main menu). As long as the new category is selected as the default category, choosing Add New will add elements to this category. You can check if a given category is selected as default by inspecting the category combo box on the Tools toolbar. For more see: Using categories
  2. You can set any element in the contents window as the append hook by pressing the Hook button on the edit toolbar in the contents window

You can automatically scroll the contents window while performing drag&drop operations (#216)
(Asia, Poland, Wednesday, November 20, 2002 5:05 PM)
Question:
The knowledge tree in my collection has grown very large. In effect, it is very difficult to perform drag&drop operations. Is there an option in SuperMemo that would make it possible to automatically scroll the contents window as it is available in the Microsoft Excel?
Answer:
The simplest way to perform "far reaching" drag-and-drops is to open a second contents window.
However, it is also possible to auto-scroll. Just you move your mouse pointer to the border of the window


You can make repetitions in a single branch
(Patrik Nilsson, Tue, Aug 21, 2001 11:24)
Question:
Is it possible to have different priorities of items in the pending queue? E.g. if I first want to memorize what about school and then all kinds of hobbies?
Answer:
Pending queue is linear but can be sorted by various criteria. However, the recommended solution in your case is to keep school and hobby material in different branches or different categories. Then you will be able to use branch learning. For example, select School branch in the contents window and click Learn (or choose Ctrl+Alt+L)


You can move multiple elements between contents panels
(Eric, Monday, July 08, 2002 7:06 PM)
Question:
Can I move multiple element selections by dragging between two contents windows (e.g. with Shift-select or Ctrl-select)?
Answer:
Yes. Both Ctrl and Shift multiple selections work in the contents window. You can drag such selections between two contents windows


Build the knowledge tree in the contents window  
(Chakravarty, May 04, 2005, 09:19:02)
Question:
Whenever I am adding new elements with Add new, they are getting added as children of the branch where I want them placed
Answer:
SuperMemo limits the number of children per branch for performance reasons (this limit is set in Options). If you would like to override this behavior, build the tree in the contents window using Add, Insert, etc. Remember that by building long branches, you will slow down SuperMemo


Adding topics and items with the Ins key in Contents (#28955)
(Nick Murray, Australia, Oct 08, 2004, 01:32:21)
Question:
You can add elements in the contents window by pressing Ins, but there's no keyboard shortcut listed for inserting topics or items
Answer:
Ins will insert elements of the selected default type. Change the default type in the Contents toolbar combo from Topics to Items and Ins will start adding new items