The Journal Newsletter – September 2010

The Journal Newsletter

September 2010


It’s autumn! (My favorite time of year.)

A new writing prompts add-on is in the works, as is a new minor update of The Journal 5.1. I expect to have more news about both of those in next month’s newsletter.

The Journal is now on Facebook:

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This months tips describe how to drag-and-drop entries between categories and how to get detailed information about your entries.

Thank you for using The Journal!

Tips & Tricks

TIP: Using “drag & drop” to move entries between categories

Moving entries between categories is simple with drag and drop. You just click in the entry tree on the entry you want to move, and drag it with the mouse over to the category tab where you want it, and drop. This automatically moves all sub-entries of the entry, as well.

One simple caveat: While you can drag and drop loose-leaf entries from any category to any other category, this isn’t the case for calendar entries. Calendar entries can only be dragged and dropped into another calendar category.

Other than that: Drag and drop at will!

A few more notes:

  • If you want more precise control over where the dragged entries are dropped: “Hover” the mouse over the category tab until that category tab opens. Then you can drag into the category’s entry and choose the drop point.
  • You can’t change the date/time of calendar entries by with drag and drop. To do that, select the entry you want to change, click on the “Entry” menu, and choose “Change Entry Date/Time”.
  • If you want to *COPY* the entries into the other category (instead of *moving* them), hold down the CTRL key while you drag and drop the entries.

TIP: Entry Information & Statistics

Each entry in The Journal collects information that you might find useful:

  • Date created, modified and printed
  • Total editing time
  • Revision number
  • Word and character counts
  • Editing sessions

Some of this information is displayed on the status bar directly below the entry editor. To see the rest of it, though, click on the “Entry” menu and choose “Entry Information & Statistics…”

Here is a description of everything that is tracked:

Entry Statistics

  • Date Created – the date this entry was originally created
  • Date Last Modified – the date of the last modification to the entry
  • Date Last Printed – when the entry was last printed
  • Total Editing Time – the number of minutes spent editing the entry (this is measured as the time from beginning an addition/modification to the time the entry was saved)
  • Revision Number – the number of times the entry has been modified (all changes on a single date count as 1 revision)

Word Count

  • Words – how many words are in the entry
  • Characters (no spaces) – how many non-whitespace characters are in the entry
  • Characters (with spaces) – how many total characters are in the entry
  • Paragraphs – the number of individual paragraphs in the entry (empty paragraphs are not counted)
  • Lines – the number lines displayed (this number varies as you resize The Journal)

You can also get the word count of the current entry with the Ctrl+W hot-key.

Entry Changes Log

The entry changes log displays a summary of every time the entry was edited or otherwise changed. The name of the user who made the change is included in the log. Note that changes/edits that happen within a few minutes of each other are consolidated into a single change.

Submission Information

If you would like to contribute to the “How I Use The Journal”, “Writing Exercises”, or “Tips & Tricks” sections, or would like to submit an article about journaling, writing, or another The Journal-related topic, we would love to hear from you.

Submissions for the newsletter should be sent to:

If you are submitting for a particular section, please indicate which one. Try to limit your submissions to 500-1000 words. Submissions may be edited for length and content.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, please state this in the email. Otherwise your name (but not your email) will be used in the article heading.

As always, if you have any suggestions for, or bug reports about, The Journal, please feel free to email them. Both are always welcome.


Editor: David Michael (
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Updated: June 24, 2015 — 9:26 pm