Switching between Tree and Article panes
Which pane is active?
TreePad may have up to three panes visible at any one time: the Tree pane, Article pane and Accessory pane. Before you can use any of the commands associated with a pane, you have to make it the active pane (also termed giving it the focus) and is most easily done by left-clicking in it. The rules are simple:
- The focus can be on only one item in only one pane at a time.
- The item that has the current focus is actively highlighted (like this).
- Any items or text in other panes that you actively highlighted when the focus was on them are passively highlighted (like this) when the focus changes to another pane.
- If no text has been highlighted in the Article pane, the blinking Article text cursor1 is visible if the Article pane has focus and invisible if it has not.
For example, the currently selected2 node is shown actively highlighted when the Tree pane has focus, and passively highlighted when another pane has focus.
Switching focus by clicking inside the Tree or Article pane
Clicking inside the Tree pane
- Clicking with your left mouse button on a node inside the tree gives the tree pane focus and makes that node the current node.
- Clicking with your right mouse button does the same and also displays the Tree context menu.
- Left-clicking whitespace (an empty area) in the tree pane gives the tree pane focus but does not alter the currently selected node (apart from changing its highlight from weak to strong if it was weak before).
- Right-clicking whitespace in the Tree pane does the same and also displays the Tree context menu.
Clicking inside the Article pane
- Clicking with your left mouse button inside the Article pane positions the text cursor1 wherever you click.
- Clicking with your right mouse button inside in the Article pane does the same and also displays the Article context menu.
- Left-clicking whitespace in the Article pane positions the cursor as close as possible to to any text at the same level, or, if you clicked on a totally blank line, at its left hand margin, ready for you to enter more text.
- Right-clicking whitespace in the Article pane does the same and also displays the Article context menu.
Other methods of switching between Tree and Article panes
To change focus to the Tree pane
- Click "Main menu: Navigate⁄Focus tree" or
- Click "Main menu: Tree" or
- Press F11.
To change focus to the Article pane
- Click "Main menu: Navigate⁄Focus article" or
- Click "Main menu: Edit" or
- Press F12; or
- Press Tab or Ctrl+Tab if Tree pane is active.
To toggle focus between Tree and Article pane
you can press Ctrl+Tab to switch between the tree and article pane. You can also configure TreePad to use just the Tab key to switch between tree and article. This option can be set using the TreePad options screen ( "Main menu: View⁄Options")
- Just as in many other word processors, the text cursor is a thin vertical line like a lower case "l" and is seen only when you are editing text in the Article pane . It should not be confused with the mouse cursor, which is shaped like a capital "I" when you are in the Article pane, like a diagonal white arrow when you are in the Tree pane, and, of course, moves when you move the mouse!
- To select a node means to click its icon or title in the Tree pane, or move the Tree pane cursor up or down using the cursor (arrow) keys, until the desired node is highlighted.
- If you require more space in either pane you can hide the other entirely. See Show article, tree or both.