If in Doubt Right-click
PieceWorx Writing Studio relies heavily on right-click menus. You will notice that
there is no menu at the top of the program window. This is different than most software
programs, but you can find all the same functionality in the right-click context
What is a Notebook?
When you open a file in PieceWorx Writing Studio you are opening a notebook. A notebook
file has the .nbook file extension.
A notebook contains multiple documents which can all be easily organized in the
What is a Page?
A page is a node in the outline view of your notebook. Every node in your outline represents a file or document, specifically a Rich Text file.
You may have many pages organized in an outline structure. A page may contain no words or it may contain the full text of your novel.
In general, you will have many different pages which can then be merged together
to form your final work. Pages can be moved, copied, merged, deleted, renamed, exported, printed, and more.
Add Your First Page
There are several ways to add your first page to your notebook. The easiest is to press the "Add a Page" link button on the start screen.
The start screen is visible any time you are in a notebook with no pages.
Another way to add a page is to right-click in the left frame and select Page -> New Top-level Page.
You will see a new node appear in the outline view of the left frame. Double-click this item or select it and press the enter key to open the page in the center frame.
The main window of PieceWorx Writing studio consists of three frames, the left frame,
center frame and bottom frame.
The left frame contains the Notebook Tab. The notebook tab is where you manage a
hierarchical view of all of your pages.
You can add, insert, remove, move, shift, merge, import, export and rename the pages
in the Notebook Tab.
Right-click an item in the Notebook tab to see all of the options available to you.
The center frame is where all of your pages will be displayed. When you double-click on a page name in the
Notebook tab, the page is opened in the center frame. Any changes you make to any page are preserved when
you move to or open a different page.
When you save your notebook, all changes to all pages are saved to your notebook
The bottom frame contains the Find tab. When you want to search for
text in the current page or all pages use the Find Tab.
Bumpers are collapsible small menu strips at the top, left, and bottom edge of the
main window. The top bumper provides easy access buttons for common layout actions
or changes. The left and bottom bumpers allow you to collapse or expand the left
and bottom frames.
The top bumper has several buttons which provide quick access to common layout operations:
- Full Screen - enters or exits full screen mode
Bumpers - cycles between collapsing all bumpers completely and showing them
- Bars - cycles visibility of the format bar and the status bar
- Organize - implements layout mode #1 which lends itself to organizing tasks
- Edit - implements layout mode #2 which lends itself to editing tasks
Create - implements layout mode #3 which hides everything but the edit window
for uncluttered creation
NOTE: If the top bumper is not visible, pass your mouse over the top edge of window
frame and the bumper will become visible. Click the empty space on the bumper to
lock it into place.
Files associated with PieceWorx Writing Studio are called notebook files and have
the .nbook file extension.
The normal Ctrl+S
hotkey will save your notebook including all of your pages,
their content, positions and some preferences such as Quick Fonts, backup settings, and spell
check dictionary changes.
You can also save from the right-click menu. Right click any frame and choose
or Notebook->Save Notebook As
There are several options and settings available to you in PieceWorx Writing Studio.
These are accessible from the Settings Dialog which can be viewed either by selecting
Settings in the right-click menu or typing Alt+S.
- Session monitoring and alerts
- Spell check customization
- Typewriter sounds
- Quick fonts for easy formatting of text
- Backup options and retention policy
- License information
- Feedback form which can be submitted directly from the program
You are Ready to Go!
Armed with the basic concepts above you can get started working with PieceWorx Writing
Begin your first page by right-clicking the Notebook tab and selecting
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