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 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.
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 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
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 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
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 Page->New
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