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Keyboard shortcuts >

Markup rules >

Tricks >

Custom lookups >

Date & time formats >

Page count formula >

 


KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
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Hit F1 in Writemonkey!

 

MARKUP RULES (Markdown standard)
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Complete syntax reference from daringfireball.net >

 

PHRASE EMPHASIS
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**bold**
*italic*


STRUCTURE (HEADINGS)
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Heading 1
=========

Heading 2
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or

# Heading 1
## Heading 2
### Heading 3

...

###### Heading 6

 

ORDERED LIST
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1. First
1. Sub item indented with TAB
2. Sub item indented with TAB
2. Second
3. *Third*

 

UNORDERED LIST (use -, + or *)
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- First
- Sub item indented with TAB
- Sub item indented with TAB
- Second
- _Third_

 

INDENTED PARAGRAPHS (BLOCKQUOTES)
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> This paragraph is indented
>> This is nested indented paragraph

 

HORIZONTAL RULES, PAGE BREAK
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---, +++ or ***

 


TRICKS
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TIP #1
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When blind scrolling with left mouse click, hit Control key to jump page up or page down. Release to scroll one line at a time again.

TIP #2
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When blind scrolling, click top of the screen to scroll to the TOP of the doc, click bottom of the screen to scroll to the END.

TIP #3
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Select text to see partial word count. This only applies to the numeric progress bar. The same goes for printing - only selected text will be printed.

TIP #4
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When in Jumps dialog, right click an item to jump and close at the same time.

TIP #5
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When in Jumps dialog, hold Control key and hover trough listed items. The text in the main window will scroll accordingly.

TIP #6
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When in Jumps dialog, hit Control + Backspace to close dialog and scroll to the original caret position.

TIP #7
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Scale up or down your text with CTRL + ALT + up/down shortcuts. Set text area width with CTRL + ALT left/right. You can also use mouse wheel in combination with Shift, Control or Alt keys. Experiment ...

TIP #8
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Write your web stuff without distractions! Use WM with great Firefox extension "It's All Text"

(https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4125).

Use it when writing text for your blogs, for web based e- mail ... It works with any textarea on any web page. To use this extension character encoding must be set on UTF-8 (already default) and "Always save on exit" must be enabled.

TIP #9
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Writemonkey lacks multi document support but there is a feature that is quite useful for jumping between docs - press CTRL+TAB to toggle recently opened files. You can combine this feature with "Always save on exit" option (Preferences / Open&Save).

TIP #10 (TO-DO AND DONE JUMP MASKS FOR REPOSITORY)
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I often use repository part of the document to store ideas about text I'm writing. Also all kind of other "to-do" type notes. When I add a new item I put a ! in front of the paragraph. And when the item is "done" I replace ! With OK.

I created two jump masks:

1.
Name: To-do
Jump mask: ^!.+?\n
Sample text: ! This is to-do item ...

2.
Name Done
Jump mask: ^OK.+?\n
Sample text: OK This is idea I have already implemented.

When I visit repository I can easily jump through the items that need further attention and even see the list of those already checked.

You can go even further and use filter (bottom of the jumps dialog) to refine your matches. For example: Use !P to mark the items that have something to do with the plot of the story you are writing. Or !R for items that require research ...

You can of course replace ! and OK in jump mask with any character or string you want. Find the style you like.

TIP #11
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If you want to show a heading *and the first following paragraph after heading*, use the mask:


^#{1,6}.+?\n+.*?\n|^(.+)[ \t]*\n[=-]+[ \t]*\n+.*?\n

TIP #12
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Segment focus / alternative usage:


You can use segment focus instead of partial count - start writing with "Hide all focus" and word count will show only current session.

If you have a large repository text and you need to reference a part of it often, focus on that part and you can easily access it later.

If you want to spell check only part of the doc. you can do it on a segment focus.

 

HOW TO PREPARE CUSTOM LOOKUP URL STRING
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1.
Open your web browser and visit the resource site http://en.wikipedia.org/ for example.

2.
Make a test query with any phrase. Search for 'stupid monkey' for example.

3.
Take the url for that query:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/stupid+monkey

(If your search phrase is not in the url, then this site is not compatible with Writemonkey Lookups feature! Sorry.)

4.
Replace test query phrase 'stupid+monkey' with placeholder string '[lookup]'. You will get: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/[lookup].

5.
Use this as an URL entry for your custom lookup.

6.
Check the word separator character for that particular site (step 3). Most sites use '+' sign. Some don't - Wikipedia for example uses underscore '_'. Set the 'Word separator' option accordingly.

 

DATE AND TIME FORMATS
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Year:
yy —> 08, 09 ...
yyyy —> 2008, 2009 ...

Month:
M —> 1-12
MM —> 01-12
MMM —> Jan, Feb ...
MMMM —> January, February ...

Day:
d —> 1-31
dd —> 01-31

Hour:
h —> 1-12
hh —> 01-12

H —> 0-23
HH —> 00-23

Minutes:
m —> 0-59
mm —> 00-59

Seconds:
s —> 0-59
ss —> 00-59

Am/Pm:
t —> A or P
tt —> AM or PM

UTC Offset:
z —> -3, +6 ...

Examples:

MM/dd/yyyy —> 04/10/2008
yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss —> 2008-09-29 22:36:23

 

PAGE COUNT FORMULA
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You can use the following variables:

words
characters
nonspaces
paragraphs
sentences

Examples:

words / 300
is 300 words on one page

characters / (70*25)
is 70 char/ line, 25 lines/page