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Component menu

Components in SuperMemo are texts, images, sounds, buttons and other objects that can be used in composing a single page of information displayed by SuperMemo.

Each component can have its appearance and behavior changed by means of options available from its own component menu. To open the component menu right-click over the component whose attributes you want to change.

The list presented on this page describes all possible options you can find on the component menu of different components of different types. As these options are often the same for various component types, they are all described here. A given component menu might not include an option that is irrelevant (e.g. Reading : Remember extract appears only in text components, while Delete component is common to all components).

Important! Component keyboard shortcuts will work only on the current component. The current component is marked with a dark shadow if it is currently shown in the editing or in the dragging mode. When you enter an element, the first component in the component order becomes the current component.

For example, Ctrl+Shift+K shortcut will link a registry member with the current component. For example, if the current component is a sound component, a sound registry will open to let you choose a member to link. 

You can sequentially switch components into the editing mode by pressing Ctrl+T. This keyboard shortcut makes sure that the next component becomes the current component. After pressing Ctrl+T, all components shortcuts will refer to the newly selected component.

The following options are available on the component menu:

You can switch a given component to editing mode and make it current by pressing Alt and clicking the component (some components will switch directly to the dragging mode wherever the editing mode is absent or irrelevant). If you Alt+click a component in the editing mode, it will be switched to the dragging mode. If you Alt+click the component in the dragging mode, it will return to the presentation mode. As Alt+click is very useful, you should try it now several times on any component.

Important! OLE components display their own context menus in the editing mode. This menu is dependent on the OLE server application that handles a given OLE object (e.g. if you use an MS Word OLE object, MS Word context menu will be opened if you right click over the OLE component).

Alt+click on the empty element area will act as if all components were Alt+clicked. This is the fastest way of switching all components to the editing mode (or later to the dragging mode and back to the display mode). You will also need Alt+click on the element area to switch the mode of OLE components that do not respond to Alt+click