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Add new

Button Add new at the bottom of the screen makes it possible to add new questions and answers to your collection:

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If you click Add new (or press Alt+A), SuperMemo will add a new item to your collection, and create two text fields: one for the question and one for the answer (see: Beginner FAQ). You can (1) type the question, (2) press Esc to move to the answer field, and (3) type the answer. Press Esc again to finish changing the newly added question-answer pair.

You can jump between the question and the answer by choosing Ctrl+T. If question-answer fields are inactive (e.g. after pressing Esc a few times), you can start changing the question by pressing Q or edit the answer by pressing A. Again, Esc can be used to finish.

Read more: Beginner FAQ


Professional level

If you want to change the way your new items look, you will need to learn some more advanced options of SuperMemo. This way you will be able to change colors, change fonts, add pictures, add sound, use multiple choice tests, etc. You may need to change the difficulty level with File : Level to make some of these options available.

This is the list of skills that will help you change the way your learning material looks, and the way it is organized: 

  1. Component menu - if you right-click over a question or an answer, you will see a component menu. For example, select some text, right-click the selection, and choose Text : Edit font on the component menu. This way you will be able to change the font in the selected text (this method will only work in HTML and RTF text components)
  2. Element menu - if you press Alt+F10 (or right-click over the element toolbar), you will see the element menu. For example, choose Color on the element menu. This way you will be able the change the color of the element
  3. Compose toolbar - if you choose Window : Toolbars : Compose you will see the Compose toolbar. It will help you add various component types to your elements (e.g. pictures, sound, video, mind maps, etc.). You can also use Edit : Add component menu for the same purpose. For example, to paste a picture from the clipboard, press Shift+Ins or Ctrl+V. If a new image does not paste, press Esc a few times (e.g. to complete the current editing operation). If the image still does not paste, make sure it is indeed stored in the clipboard. Check also if you collection is not set as Read only (Tools : Options : Data access)
  4. Templates - a template is a definition of an element's appearance. For example, you can define an element that contains a description text, a picture and a spelling-test component. You can save such an element as a template and make sure all your new elements look this way. See it in action: change your element slightly and choose Template : Save as default (Ctrl+Alt+M) on the element menu. Add new will now add elements that look like your modified element
  5. Categories - if you want to divide your learning material into sections such as Biology, Geography, Chemistry, etc. you can use categories. A category is a group of elements that have a similar look and belong to the same section of the knowledge tree.

See also: Beginner FAQ