TreePad Business Edition and TreePad X Enterprise only
The Character map displays a handy list of additional characters and symbols that can be inserted into text in the current article. These include special characters found only in other languages (French, Scandinavian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, etc.).
The Character map
To open the Character map
Click the Show character map toolbutton on the Article edit toolbar. The focus must be in the Article pane for this to work.
To close the Character map
- Click any of the displayed characters to insert the character, after which the Character map will automatically close unless the Keep open box has been checked; or
- Click the Close button.
Pressing the Escape key does not close the Character map.
To insert one or more characters
Click1 the desired character to insert it into the Article pane at the position of the Article cursor. Following this, the Character map will close unless the Keep open box is checked, which permits insertion of multiple characters. The status of this checkbox is remembered when the Character map is reopened during the current session. If the box is checked, the only way to close the Character map is to click the Close button.
When the Character map is visible, changing the current font face (via the Font face toolbutton) will change the character display of the Character map to suit the current font. (Other font attributes such as size, style and color are not supported by the Character map.)
Allowing the mouse cursor to hover over any character will cause a tooltip to appear briefly, displaying the selected character's decimal and hexadecimal equivalents in the ASCII table of considerable help to programmers. Although the full table starts at 0, the Character map commences at 33 since most numbers lower than this are unsuitable for article text2.
- A single left-click is all that is required to insert a character. This action does not depend on whether you have set hyperlinks to be activated by single-clicking in hyperlink options. Right-clicking on the Character map has no effect.
- At present, only characters 33-255 of the currently selected font are supported. There is a possibility that characters in Asian and other currently unsupported languages will be able to be represented in future versions of TreePad Business Edition.
- The Character map also supports symbol fonts, such as WingDings.
- A unique string of special characters can be inserted into a number of articles or node captions to select them when searching a TreePad or other file. In fact, you can use this method to tag certain files in a directory (or across your hard disk). Some symbols look almost accidental or are so small that they can be very difficult to detect. Note: TreePad's Search Tree function may not display a search string containing special characters correctly, but it will nonetheless find the node captions⁄articles containing them quite accurately.
- Although you can only insert one character at a time, if you frequently need to type a word or phrase with special characters you might try creating a small dictionary within an article, or employing a keyboard macro program such as Shorthand for Windows to store the character string for you.
- Some fonts such as Wingdings are purely symbol fonts. If you and anyone else who may read your TreePad file has the same symbol font installed, you can use it to display line art. For example, these symbols were inserted using 20 pitch Wingdings: