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    Chapter 32. More about NoteTab

    NoteTab is an incredibly powerful program. In this book we have only scratched the surface about its possibilities.

    The BAK files

    By default NoteTab continuously makes back-up copies of the HTML documents.  Each time you save a file, the old one, such as animals.htm is also saved as animals.bak. The result is that your folders contain lots of BAK files, and you can soon be tired of that. Let us delete them now and change the NoteTab settings so it will not produce more BAK files.

    1.   First open Windows Explorer. Select the folder HTML in the left frame and press F3. That opens the search function. Enter the search word *.bak in NAME field:

     

    2.   Click on the button Look now, the program finds all the BAK files. They are shown in the list in the bottom of the window.

    3.   Then press Control+a to select them all:

     

    4.   Then press Del and click on Yes. Then all these files are deleted – now they are gone.

    5.   Now open NoteTab and select the menu item View à Options…:

    6.   Now you get to a very compressed dialog  box, that contains lots of setting options.

    7.   Try to click on the different tabs, and see if any of the options have your interest. It is my experience that the default settings work fine.

    8.   Click on the Files tab and remove the selection by ”Make Backups” like here:

    9.   Click on OK. Now the program will no longer save back-up copy of every document.

    Make your own clips

    I have previously shown you how practical NoteTab is regarding fast coding with clips. Here IU will show how you can add new clips in the autotext library. That is incredibly smart!

    1.   Open NoteTab. Then activate the Autotext library, so it appears in the left window:

    First we make a very small (and silly) clip that shows how you generate a new clip. Now make aright click in the left window where you see the clips. That gives you an option to adjust existing clips or to add new ones. Do that, so select the menu item Add New Clip… like here:

    2.   Now you need to enter a name for the clip. Here press tp2:



    3.   Clik on OK. Then you see the clip in the library:

    4.   But notice the new tab in top of the screen image. It is called [Clips], and it indicates  that you are entering a new clip:

    5.   Now you need to enter the text that will be associated with the autotext. Enter like here:

    6.   Now you have made a new autotext. But it needs to be saved, so press Control+s. Notice that it is the clip you are saving. 

    7.   Close the clips page by pressing Control+F4. Then the clips tab disappears.

    8.   Now you can test your new clip. Press tp2 plus a space. Zap – then the text is replaced by the contents of the clip!

    9.   Let me give you one more example. I often insert an IMG code to an image file that is located in a folder named “images”. So I make a clip like this:

    10. Notice the characters  ^&, which are part  of the clip:

     

    They specify the position where the cursor has to be after the clip contents are inserted.

    11. When I activate the clip (which could be named ib2), NoteTab writes the complete code, and the cursor will be placed just where I have to enter the file name. That is just smart!.

    This was a small introduction to make you own clips. That is one of the best features in NoteTab, and I hope you will enjoy that.

    Advantages of NoteTab Pro

    You have enjoyed NoteTab Light, which is a freeware program. But if you like the program, I will strongly that you buy its larger brother NoteTab Pro. It costs only about $20, and with that you expand the use of this small but effective piece of software.

    Once you have a registered version you can update it free of charge in the future with new versions. Currently version 5 is underway. It should give many more options, among others to make keyboard based macros.

    On the home page for this book you will find a link to the NoteTab Pro purchase version. It is fast to register, and you can pay by credit card. Once you have bought NoteTab Pro you can utilize many more functions. But the most significant advantages of the Pro edition are:

    ·        Unlimited undo (cancel). In the light version the regret (Control+z) function does not work, I do not know whether you have noticed that. But is a neat little feature that you can regret.

    ·        Faster execution. The Pro version is much faster. You notice that especially in large find/replace operations that involve multiple documents.

    ·        Colored tags. In the light edition you see HTML codes and text both in black print. In the Pro version the codes are blue and file names are red. That is very convenient and makes it easier to evaluate the documents.

    I hope you will follow my suggestion and by the program – you will not regret that. Here is a link to get NoteTab.

    Figure 72. NoteTab is worth buying.


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