Making nodes distinctive
How drab this manual would be if all node icons and captions were identical! Fortunately there are several ways to make some nodes more prominent than others and you should consider them for the upper level nodes in your file as we have done here.
Change the font style
Change the node caption to boldface, italics or underlined (or a combination of styles) by selecting the node, then pressing Ctrl+B, Ctrl+I or Ctrl+U respectively, or by clicking the respective toolbuttons on the Article and node formatting toolbar (see Toolbars).
Change the font face and size
Change from the default font face to another font face and size by selecting the node and clicking the small down arrow at the right hand end of the Font face toolbutton on the Article and node formatting toolbar. See Node formatting overview. You can also change the default node font characteristics if you wish. See Default tree and node format.
Change the font color
Unless you happen to be color blind, this will really make your nodes stand out! Select the node, then click the Set font color or the Set highlight color toolbuttons on the Article and node formatting toolbar. Note that the toolbuttons for font face, size, color and highlight color apply both to node caption and article text. For more information on font color see Font and highlight color.
Change the node icon
You can have a lot of fun with this one. In short, click the Icons button below to open the Icons pane, select the node whose icon you wish to change, find a more suitable icon on the pane and double-click it. See Node icons.
Add a checkbox icon
If you want to start a to-do list, assign each item to a node, show checkboxes next to them and tick them off by adding a checkmark when the task is completed. See Checkbox icons.
There are of course other ways to distinguish certain nodes, such as bookmarking them, creating hyperlinks to them, adding special symbols to their node titles or articles to enable TreePad's search engine to find them, etc. These will be discussed later.
You can learn a lot about nodes as well as changing their properties directly by clicking the Node properties window.
You can automatically stamp node titles with the current date⁄time, number them and change their default title. See Naming nodes.
If you like a particular node's icon and title style so much that you plan to use it as a template for others, you can copy it to the TreePad Clipboard and from there copy it back wherever needed. For more advanced ways of doing this, see the section on Forms and templates.
You can Copy⁄Paste the node title to⁄from the Windows Clipboard using the familiar keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C ⁄ Ctrl+V respectively without needing to open the node title editor by pressing F2 each time, although these shortcuts will also work within it. This makes TreePad behave differently from Windows Explorer, where these keyboard shortcuts applied in the tree pane actually copy the file or folder, and not just the title.
This concludes our section on Tree commands. Take a break and then go to our section on Article commands.