Which method to use?
One might not unreasonably divide the world of TreePad users into those who appreciate the benefits of hyperlinks (even using them to build extra, virtual "trees" with which to view the same data), and those who find them unnecessary or tiresome to construct and maintain.
No important feature should be so difficult to use that it causes discouragement. At present TreePad offers no fewer than four ways to create hyperlinks, catering for the advantages peculiar to each in certain situations and implying that we should be familiar with all before deciding whether or not hyperlinks are for us. Let us examine each in turn.
1. Using Menu: insert⁄hyperlink
This is the most versatile function because with it one can create or modify any kind or link. Also good for beginners. Required when creating links to targets other than internal nodes. Useful for modifying links though it may be quicker to delete the old link and create a new one.
2. Cutting⁄Copying⁄Pasting existing links
Does not need as much attention. Multiple copies of a link can be created this way. Mistakes rapidly corrected using Undo function. The link must already have been created before it can be copied.
Copy an existing link to create a 'new' one whenever the opportunity presents itself. If you need to create multiple links to the same target, create the first using any of the other methods, copy it to the Windows Clipboard then paste further copies from there. Good for copying⁄moving a link over long distances, including between TreePad files (provided links are to mutually external targets). Sure beats dragging the mouse over a long tree!
3. Using "Copy node as hyperlink" and "Paste node as hyperlink"
To copy a node as hyperlink, click on a tree node, then Menu: Tree⁄Copy⁄Node as Hyperlink (or type Shift Ctrl K). To paste the hyperlink to that node, click inside an article, then click Menu: Edit⁄Paste special⁄Paste as hyperlink (or Shift Alt P).
This copy method collects and stores just the node data necessary to create a link to it, which you can then call upon to be pasted into one or more nodes, instantly creating underlined hyperlinks. Does not involve the Windows Clipboard, freeing it for other purposes.
The link text of the created hyperlink will be the same as the node title, so you may need to edit the link text later if you need to change it.
The best for creating links in distant source nodes (when there is no pre-existing hyperlink to be copied), as good as using Copy⁄Paste for creating multiple hyperlinks, and excellent for creating reverse hyperlinks. Easy and intuitive keyboard shortcuts make this is a powerful pair of commands; the more you use them, the more you may come to prefer them to Insert⁄edit hyperlink (Method 2) for simple creation of hyperlinks.
4. Using the Insert menu to insert a link to the selected Accessory pane node
Keyboard shortcut makes this a reasonably rapid process. Multiple hyperlinks to Bookmarks and Search Results pane items can be created in different articles. Accessory pane must be visible for this method to work. Creates one hyperlink at a time to History pane items since highlight moves when new node selected in Tree pane. Excellent for creating cross-reference (reverse) hyperlinks.
5. Using the Insert menu to create lists of hyperlinks
Menu: Insert⁄table of contents
Menu: Insert⁄links to files
Menu: Insert⁄links to⁄Search Results
Menu: Insert⁄links to⁄Bookmarks
Menu: Insert⁄links to⁄History
Lists consisting of multiple hyperlinks can be inserted into the article in one go. These functions are excellent where specialized lists of hyperlinks are needed.
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