Inserting items into your text
The Insert menu
Frequently-reused text (also known as "boilerplate" text) can be copied to the Windows Clipboard (see Copying and moving text), then pasted in where needed. But this ties up the Windows Clipboard. For your convenience, TreePad offers you several alternative methods, most of which are available from the Insert menu. Here you will find commands to insert:
- Any date⁄time or the current date⁄time
- A horizontal spacer line
- A page break for use when printing
- Any special character if you know its ASCII value1
- An article field for values that change (e.g. a page number)4
- The contents of a text file2
- One or more images from a folder
- The title of the current node3 or its path in the tree
- A hyperlink to a single node, multiple hyperlinks to selected files and even a table of contents to child nodes in the subtree (see Hyperlinks)
To insert a table where required, click Main menu ⁄ Table ⁄ Create new table. See Tables.
TreePad does not have to be running in the foreground for you to be able to paste in text. You can set up TreePad to remain in the background and automatically transfer any text you highlight and copy from some other foreground application such as your e-mail program or a word processor document. See Automatic paste
- Users of TreePad Business Edition also have the Character map to help them with this.
- Handy hint: create a number of small text files in one folder, each containing boilerplate text, and use this command to select the appropriate file. You can use this instead of a 3rd party Clipboard manager to store anything from formatted headings (in RTF files) to fancy line separators. In fact, you can create any formatted text in a TreePad article, export the article to a RTF file, then import it using the Insert command.
- It's not a bad idea to add a heading to each article showing to which node it belongs, as we have done in this manual. A quick way to do this is to copy a node containing a heading with the desired formatting to the TreePad Clipboard, paste in a copy of it where required using Paste ⁄ Node⁄Subtree, rename the node to its new title, highlight its article heading, then click Insert ⁄ Node name to overwrite it with the node title.
- Feature unique to TreePad Business Edition.