Creating a test file
Once you instruct TreePad to create a new file, it will close this manual and open a new file in its place. In order to view both the manual and your test file, click Main menu ⁄ Help ⁄ Manual (or press F1) now. TreePad will open a second copy of the manual1, allowing you to replace one or the other with your test file.
To create a new file, click Main menu ⁄ File ⁄ New. Before the file is created, you will need to decide its name and location. TreePad will ask you this in the Save NEW TreePad file as... window before it creates the file. Create or find a folder to store it and call it Tree1.tpd.
When you create a new TreePad file you start off with the simplest tree possible, consisting of just one node (named "(new node)" by default) with no nodes branching off it.
You can rename the node or add child nodes (more about this later), but you cannot delete it.
The first node in a file is always created by TreePad and is the highest one in the Tree pane, where it sits in the top left-hand corner of the pane. Let us rename this the Root node (capitalizing the R in Root) to signify that it is the root of the whole tree. To do this, make sure that the Root node is selected2 and press F2 to open the node title editor.
Change its name to Root node and press Enter to close the editor window.
1. This will not function of course when the manual is already open in another TreePad instance. In that case, when you try to open the manual, you will get the error 'the file is already in use by another program'. To avoid this error, use Windows to switch to the other TreePad instance which has the manual open.
2. This means that it is now the currently selected node in the Tree pane. When this happens it is actively highlighted as shown above (we also say it "has the focus" or "has focus"). To select any node, left-click or right-click on it. Left-clicking will give it the focus. Right-clicking will do the same but also bring up its context menu. Press Esc to hide the context menu.)