Forms and templates shortcuts
TreePad Business Edition only
 
It's nice to be able to choose from a list of templates when you're in the early stages of setting up your forms database. On the other hand, when you've decided what you need and settle down to the dreary task of creating a mass of blank records for use, it's easier and quicker not to have to make the same choice over and over again but to automate your selection as much as possible, for example creating a blank form with one keypress.
 
TreePad has foreseen this and offers you three ways of inserting a new node:
 
Method 1 - The Insert special menu
Timesavers:
 
This method is recommended for beginners and anyone testing their design, where the total number of nodes inserted is low, the choice needs to be as wide as possible, and speed is not an issue.
 
This method is intended for use with an external template, i.e., the current file does not contain a template from which the form can be copied.
You can cancel inserting a node at any time up to the final selection.
 
Method 2 -   The Insert menu with or without the Insert new node window
Use the standard Insert menu commands (see Inserting (creating) nodes). The Insert new node window is displayed by default but may be bypassed by unchecking  "When adding a node, show the 'insert node' dialog" in Main menu ⁄ View ⁄ Options ⁄ TreeBook options, thus reducing the minimum number of keypresses needed to insert a new node from two to one.
 
Timesavers:
 
Recommended for moderately confident users for routine creation of forms.
This method offers the best balance between choice and speed, but requires the node to be inserted within the scope of an internal template, i.e. one already embedded in the current file. (If the insertion occurs outside the scope of the template, a standard article is inserted.)
 
You can cancel inserting a node at any time up to the final confirmation, but only if the Insert new node window is displayed.
 
Method 3 - Insert ⁄ Repeat last insert special
 
Timesavers:
 
For experienced users. Simply repeats saved choices made during previous insertion with Insert special.
 
Good for repetitive inserts once you have confirmed that Insert special inserted the correct node.
 
Inserts nodes using an external template.
 
Less risky than using Insert special for inserting multiple nodes at a time.
 
Being a one-step operation, it cannot be cancelled, but inserted nodes can easily be deleted.
 
In how many ways can I insert a blank standard article?
  1. Insert ⁄ child node at bottom⁄top
  2. Insert ⁄ (sibling) node above⁄below
  3. Insert ⁄ Repeat last insert special (if last action was to insert a blank node)
  4. Insert special ⁄ Individual node ⁄ Blank1.
 
Remember that when inserting blank nodes serially, you can also set TreePad to number them serially or stamp them with the date and⁄or time. This does not apply to inserting forms, templates or structures, which have predefined node titles.
 

 
 
 
 
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