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Quick Start

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 menus.

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 Notebook Tab.

What is a Page?

A page is the term we use to refer to a file or document in your notebook. 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.


The main window of PieceWorx Writing studio consists of three frames, the left frame, bottom frame and the editor frame.

Left 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.

Editor Frame

The editor frame contains the main content editor. When you click on a page in the Notebook tab, the editor is populated with that page's content. Any changes you make to any page are preserved when you move to a different page.

When you save your notebook, all changes to all pages are saved to your notebook file.

Bottom Frame

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.

Top Bumper

The top bumper has several buttons which provide quick access to common layout operations: 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 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 Notebook->Save Notebook 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.
Settings include:

You are Ready to Go!

Armed with the basic concepts above you can get started working with PieceWorx Writing Studio.

Begin your first page by right-clicking the Notebook tab and selecting Page->New Top-level Page.

For more information view the rest of the Help documentation or visit www.PieceWorx.com.