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Organizing notecards, part II


Tags and colors help you organize into various subtopics (for example, if you’re studying a person, you might create a subtopic for Family and another for Education). The following information is taken from the Noodletools website.

Ways to View Your Notecards: Tabletop

The Notecard Tabletop view (1) allows you to visually manipulate notecards and notecard piles. The tabletop (2) extends beyond what you see on the screen, giving you room to space out and organize your notecards.



A Bird’s-eye-view at the upper-right of the tabletop (3) allows you to see and navigate the entire tabletop, with your current view represented as a blue box (4). Drag the blue box around in the bird’s-eye-view to navigate quickly to other areas of the tabletop, and to locate notecards outside your current view. Alternatively, you can use your mouse anywhere on the tabletop to reposition the area.To close the bird’s-eye window, click the up-arrow (5).

Outline Panel

If you need additional space to work on your notecards, the Outline panel (6 - see left) can be minimized when you don’t need it by clicking the small arrow button on the top-right corner. You can also use the gray handle between the tabletop and outline panels (7) to customize the width of each panel.



Detail View

Navigate to the Detail view by clicking the orange Detail at the top-right of the Notecards screen (1). Alternatively, hovering over a notecard (long-press on an iPad) and clicking the Details from the summary popup will also move you into the Detail view, in order to see the content of that notecard. The Detail view (2) is useful when you are ready to move notecards into your outline (6), because it allows you to view the full content of the notecards you are working with.

In the Detail view, notecards in the left panel have two unique selection states:

1. “Selected” – Notecards that are selected on the Tabletop will display in Detail with a marked checkbox and an orange rectangle (4 - similar to the orange rectangle around the same notecards on the Tabletop). You can select or unselect notecards by clicking on the checkbox. 

2. "View-Selected” – Clicking on any notecard’s title in the left panel will highlight the notecard in blue (5) and cause the contents of that notecard to be displayed in the middle panel (2). You can scroll the middle panel up and down to see all of your view-selected notecards. 

View-selection is useful in the Detail view when you want to view the content of several notecards, or you are moving notecards into your outline. You can view-select the notecards you are interested in (highlighting them blue), which displays their content in the middle panel. 

Notecards in the middle panel are displayed in the same order you see them in the left panel. Notecard in piles are grouped together under the pile's title (e.g. "Fungus threat"). Unpiled notecards are displayed under an “Unpiled Notecards” category at the top. 

To switch back to the Tabletop view, click the orange Tabletop at the top-right of the Notecards screen (1). 

Ways to View Your Notecards: Sources

Besides the Notecard Detail view, the Sources screen is another place to view the entire contents of your notecards (3). In the Notecard Detail view, your notecards are organized by notecard pile (and you have access to the outline), whereas on the Sources screen, they are organized by source.