SuperMemo features a number of various windows (element window, Contents, Statistics, etc.) and toolbars (Read, Format, Tools, etc.) as well as number of interface elements (e.g. status bar, background, etc.) which you can show/hide, position and/or resize to organize your SuperMemo learning space to suit your preferences depending the available monitor and screen resolution as well as how well you know the program and what kind of information you are interested in.
Figure: SuperMemo 17 on the Professional level (File : Level : Professional). The toolbar dock at the top displays the formatting toolbar. Collection statistics on the left. Element's ancestors at the bottom (middle) show the place of the article in the Biochemistry branch. Element's statistics at the bottom (right). Element window in the center of the screen with a topic on glycolysis in cancer (a result of a split executed on the Glycolysis article imported from Wikipedia). Note R-Metric of 16.6% which shows a huge advantage of Algorithm SM-17 over Algorithm SM-15 early in the day when processing short-interval, top-priority items. This helps keep forgetting index for top priority material below the average (4.8% rather than the average of 13.99%).
You can rely on one of the predefined SuperMemo layouts as well as create any number of your own.
Layouts are stored in the BIN\layouts.ini file. This file also can be modified manually if have backed it up safely beforehand.
Figure: In Windows 10, SuperMemo background can be used as a nice visual collection chooser between active collections opened in separate instances of SuperMemo running simultaneously. Use Alt+Tab to switch between collections, or click the collection of your choice. This new feature comes with Windows 10, not with SuperMemo 17. You can also use SuperMemo background pictures in this way in SuperMemo 16 in Windows 10.
After you have arranged your SuperMemo desktop:
Additionally, you can save your layout as default. The default layout is a layout which is automatically applied when you run SuperMemo, or restored to when you close the Contents window or element browser (see: automatic layouts. To save a layout as default, select Window : Layout : Save as default (Shift+Ctrl+F5).
Select Window : 1..9 to choose one from up to nine custom layouts recently defined and saved. Note that the selected layout automatically becomes the default one.
Layout manager is a simple tool you can use to apply a selected layout (esp. if you have saved more than 9 in total), save the current position of windows and toolbars as a new layout, set a selected layout as the default one (i.e. the layout which is automatically applied when you run SuperMemo), delete layouts you no longer need, etc.
You can open Layout manager with Window : Layout : Layout manager from the main menu, or by clicking the Layout manager button on the navigation bar in the element window (note that you need to be at the Middle or higher level for these options to become available).
The Layout manager is comprised of the following elements:
SuperMemo comes with two predefined layouts: Classic and Warrior.
The Classic layout is known from early versions of SuperMemo. It conveniently aligns the Statistics window to the left of the element window and Element data window. This arrangement is useful when you make repetitions and like to constantly follow the progress of learning.
The Warrior layout has been optimized for incremental reading. Not only does it arrange windows and toolbars on your screen, it also switches SuperMemo to the Professional level. You can apply it with one of the following ways:
In addition to the two aforementioned predefined layouts, SuperMemo automatically re-arranges the current layout whenever you switch to the Contents window (e.g. by clicking Contents in the element window) or open the element browser (e.g. via the View menu). In this new automatic layout, the left half of the screen is occupied by either the Contents window or element browser, while the other half is split in two grids: the top is filled with the element window while the Element data window is attached to the bottom. This layout makes it very easy to inspect individual elements (along with their learning parameters) from the Contents window or element browser. Closing the Contents window/element browser restores the default layout. Alternatively, you can press Esc to the do the same.