Switching between Tree and Article panes
Knowing which is the active pane
Currently TreePad may have up to three panes visible at any one time: the Tree pane, Article pane and Accessory pane. Before you can use any of the commands associated with a pane, you have to make it the active pane (also termed giving it the focus) and is most easily done by left-clicking in it. The rules are simple:
- The focus can be on only one item in only one pane at a time.
- The item that has the current focus is actively highlighted (like this).
- Any items or text in other panes that you actively highlighted when the focus was on them are passively highlighted (like this) when the focus changes to another pane.
- If no text has been highlighted in the Article pane, the blinking Article text cursor1 is visible if the Article pane has focus and invisible if it has not.
For example, the currently selected2 node is shown actively highlighted when the Tree pane has focus, and passively highlighted when another pane has focus.
Clicking in the Tree or Article panes to switch focus
a) Clicking in the Tree pane
- Left-clicking any node in the Tree pane gives the Tree pane focus and makes that node the current node.
- Right-clicking any node in the Tree pane does the same and also displays the Tree context menu.
- Left-clicking whitespace in the Tree pane gives the Tree pane focus but does not alter the currently selected node (apart from changing its highlight from weak to strong if it was weak before).
- Right-clicking whitespace in the Tree pane does the same and also displays the Tree context menu.
b) Clicking in the Article pane
- Left-clicking text in the Article pane positions the text cursor wherever you click4.
- Right-clicking text in the Article pane does the same and also displays the Article context menu.
- Left-clicking whitespace in the Article pane positions the cursor as close as possible to to any text at the same level, or, if you clicked on a totally blank line, at its left hand margin, ready for you to enter more text.
- Right-clicking whitespace in the Article pane does the same and also displays the Article context menu.
Other methods of switching between Tree and Article panes
To change focus to the Tree pane
- Click Main menu ⁄ Navigate ⁄ Focus the tree3; or
- Click Main menu ⁄ Tree6; or
- Press F11.
To change focus to the Article pane
- Click Main menu ⁄ Navigate ⁄ Focus the article3; or
- Click Main menu ⁄ (Edit | Insert | Format)7; or
- Press F12; or
- Press Tab or Ctrl+Tab6,8 if Tree pane is active.
To toggle focus between Tree and Article pane
Press Ctrl+Tab when either Tree or Article pane is active (default)5,6; or
Press Tab when either Tree or Article pane is active (alternative)5,6.
- Just as in many other word processors, the text cursor is a thin vertical line like a lower case "l" and is seen only when you are editing text in the Article pane . It should not be confused with the mouse cursor, which is shaped like a capital "I" when you are in the Article pane, like a diagonal white arrow when you are in the Tree pane, and, of course, moves when you move the mouse!
- To select a node means to click its icon or title in the Tree pane, or move the Tree pane cursor up or down using the cursor (arrow) keys, until the desired node is highlighted.
- Although these commands take longer to execute than simply clicking on either Tree or Article pane, their power lies in the menu access keys associated with them for creating keyboard macros. See Macros make it easier.
- Left-clicking a hyperlink in the Article pane positions the cursor on it if double-clicking hyperlinks activates them (default), else left-clicking will activate the link. This option can be set in Main menu ⁄ View ⁄ Options ⁄ Article ⁄ Hyperlinks.
- If you require more space in either pane you can hide the other entirely. See Show article, tree or both.
- To select one or the other option, see Main menu ⁄ View ⁄ Options ⁄ Article ⁄ Shortcut keys.
- Clicking the appropriate menu title on the Main menu bar will change focus to the pane in which that menu's action occurs.
- Not only Tab but also Shift+Tab, Ctrl+Tab, Shift+Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Alt+Tab have this action when the Tree pane has focus. However, Alt+Tab and Shift+Alt+Tab activate the next Windows application in opposite directions!