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FAQ: Using SuperMemo 2000 interface

You can make SuperMemo remember the size of its windows
You can quickly translate the interface of SuperMemo to your language
Use Interface Font to reduce the size of fonts in SuperMemo
Using Contents is optional
You can install a foreign keyboard in Windows
Nearly all versions of SuperMemo use an English interface but ...

You need Internet Explorer to view CHM files
You can customize grades
You can turn off hints or hide the status bar
You can prevent your students from editing their collections
You cannot change the font used for titles in the element window
You can save Classic layout with Ctrl+Shift+F5

You can change status bar font by changing the interface font


You can make SuperMemo remember the size of its windows
(Thomas Clark, USA, Nov 24, 1997)
Question:
Why doesn't SuperMemo remember the size of individual windows? It has to be changed on each running the program!
Answer:
Please save your windows layout with Window : Layout : Save layout : Save as default (Ctrl+Shift+F5)


You can quickly translate the interface of SuperMemo to your language
(Jaroslaw Mekarski, Poland, Apr 15, 1997)
Question:

Using Tools : Options : Language : Localization table, I have defined my national interface for SuperMemo but still some buttons retained their original English names. How can I translate those too?
Answer:
You can define only the interface of SuperMemo for the beginner and basic levels. That is why the list of strings to translate is so short. For SuperMemo on the middle or professional level the list would be over 3000 strings longs instead of the mere 50 strings that are used in simplified SuperMemo


You can install a foreign keyboard in Windows
(David Seagull, USA, Jul 10, 1998)
Question:
How can I define French keyboard for use with SuperMemo in Windows?
Answer:
In Window's Control Panel use Keyboard and add French on the Language tab (e.g. French - Canadian). Set French as default


You need Internet Explorer to view CHM files
(Peter Cool, The Netherlands, Nov 9, 1998)
Question:
I have installed the help for SuperMemo but it wouldn't work. After installing the help file and hhupd.exe I see after calling help the hourglass-icon (for a short time). After that nothing happens.
Answer:

You need to install the HTML viewer (hhupd.exe) over Internet Explorer 3.0. CHM format has been developed by Microsoft and it requires Internet Explorer to be installed on your computer. Unfortunately, Microsoft does not allow of subset installation (as for November 1998)


You can customize grades
(Richard Hardstein, USA, June 5, 1997)
Question:
From an American-centric point of view, I�d like to be able to label the quality of the response (i.e. bright, good, pass�) buttons A, B, C, D & F to match the universal (American) grading system. Is it possible in SuperMemo?
Answer:
You can change the names of grades by choosing Tools : Options : Language : Localization table. Just replace Bright with A, Good with B, etc. After choosing OK, SuperMemo will start using the new naming


You can turn off hints or hide the status bar
(Zoran Maximovic, Yugoslavia, May 29, 1997)
Question:
How can I independently turn off hints and hide the status bar?
Answer:
To turn off hints uncheck the Hints checkbox on the toolbar. For the same purpose (also at the beginner and basic levels), you can double-click the hints area on the status bar. To hide the status bar, uncheck Window : Status bar on the main menu


You can prevent your students from editing their collections
(Jim Ivy, USA, June 4, 1997)
Question:
How can I prevent my students from editing the contents of the collection in SuperMemo?
Answer:
You can turn on read-only or learn-only modes (Tools : Options : Data access : Access mode) and then use SuperMemo in the beginner or basic mode. Naturally, nothing will prevent your students turning the full access back on (if they just know how). There is no password-protected option to block it for good


You cannot change the font used for titles in the element window
(Zoran Maximovic, Yugoslavia, Aug 16, 1998)
Question:
How can I change the font on window captions in SuperMemo (that is the font on the bar with three buttons on the right side: minimize, maximize and close), and on menus?
Answer:
Those fonts can only be set Windows-wide. For example, right-click the desktop, choose Properties, choose Appearance, and select a Scheme


You can save Classic layout with Ctrl+Shift+F5
(Adam, Australia, Thu, May 24, 2001 2:34)
Question:
I like the Classic layout (F5) but I have to switch to Classic layout manually every time I open SuperMemo
Answer:
You can preserve the layout by pressing Ctrl+Shift+F5 (for Window : Layouts : Save layout : Save as default)


Use Interface Font to reduce the size of fonts in SuperMemo
(Eli Liang, Russian Federation, Tue, Sep 11, 2001 12:38)
Question:
I found a number of places in SuperMemo, where dialog boxes do not display text within them properly (e.g. letters being truncated, etc.)
Answer:
Use Tools : Options : SuperMemo : Interface font to reduce the size of the font


Using Contents is optional (#148)
(Tomasz P. Szynalski, Monday, July 30, 2001 6:59 AM)
Question:
SuperMemo 2000 uses folders and a "forced" hierarchy of items (knowledge tree). This is rather confusing. I liked the old SM6/SM7 "flat-file" model
Answer:
Using Contents is optional. If you never go to the contents window, SuperMemo will look and behave exactly like SuperMemo 6. The non-hierarchical model works well for learning vocabulary, but it makes it impossible to effectively manage heterogeneous learning process in which priorities of various branches change in time. Only the tree structure makes it possible to process various branches differently (in terms of contents, format and learning). Most of all, incremental reading relies heavily on the hierarchical model by building the semantic tree of individuals articles, by providing article-dependent rescheduling and prioritization tools, by separating processed items from knowledge in various stages of review, etc.


Nearly all versions of SuperMemo use an English interface but ...
(yxuequn, Mon, Jul 30, 2001 15:14)
Question:
Is a Chinese version of SuperMemo available?
Answer:
No. The best you can get is SuperMemo 2000 with a Chinese language interface in the beginner or basic mode. Otherwise, nearly all versions of SuperMemo have been written to use English interface


You can change status bar font by changing the interface font
(Jens Buurgaard Nielsen, Denmark, Thursday, August 09, 2001 9:53 PM)
Question:
The status bar texts are too big. They look very crammed
Answer:
You can adjust the size of the font by changing the size of the interface font (in Tools : Options)