The Journal Newsletter – June 2012

The Journal Newsletter

June 2012


Happy birthday to all of you who share June as your birthday month! The Journal turned 16 years old this month, making it my second child now old enough to drive. =)

We have another couple writing prompts this month, and the first in a series of Tips & Tricks about The Journal’s powerful “Search Entries…” command.

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Tips & Tricks

TIP: Using “Search Entries…”: The Basics

The “Search Entries…” command on the Search menu (hot-key: Ctrl+Shift+F) allows you search through your entire journal of entries. You can search for a word, a phrase, or a collection of words. You can search through entry text, image descriptions, and reminder notes. And, finally, you can search through all of your categories, just the active category, or a selection of categories.

That’s a lot of searching power. =) Fortunately, it’s very easy use to use.

The simplest case is to bring up “Search Entries”, type in the text you’re looking for, and click on “Search”. By default, that will search all of your entries in all of your categories. Depending on what you’re searching for, that can bring up a lot of results. You can easily limit the search to just the “Active Category” (the category whose tab is currently selected). It’s also possible to limit the search to date range.

By default, the search will look in the entry text, entry names, image/media/object descriptions, and reminder names and notes. Turn off one or more of these to narrow the scope of the search (for example: to search only in image descriptions).

When the search is complete, it displays the results. Each entry that matches the search is displayed in a list, much the same way Google displays matching Web pages:

Daily Journal – Wednesday, September 08, 2004
… some search text here …

The first line is an entry link. The next line shows one example of the search text found, with some context both before and after. Click on the link to bring up that entry, with the search text highlighted.

That covers the basics of “Search Entries…” Next month, we’ll explore in more depth.

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “The Magician’s Hat”

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “Pieces of Quilt”

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