The Journal Newsletter – September 2012

The Journal Newsletter

September 2012


Despite the extreme heat of summer, autumn seems to be arriving early this year. Which is always cool with me. =)

The Journal is now available on Amazon!

The Journal 6 has been updated. See “The Journal News” below for all the details.

This month’s Tip shows you how to see the running word count of an entry on the status bar, and we have a couple new writing prompts for you.

Thank you for choosing The Journal!

The Journal News

The Journal 7 is the current release.

To see if you have the latest version of The Journal:

  1. Click on the “Help” menu in The Journal.
  2. Choose “Check for Update of The Journal”.

If you are using The Journal 6 (or an earlier version):

Tips & Tricks

TIP: Running Word Count

The Journal has had word count tool for most (if not all) of the 21st Century. Press the hot-key (Ctrl+W) and you will be told how many words, characters, and lines are in the current entry (or in the block of selected text). With the release of The Journal 6 this past summer, though, there is a new option: You can see the running word count of your entry, as you type, on the status bar below the entry editor.

1. Click on the Category menu (or right-click on the category tab) and choose “Category Properties…”

2. On the “Entry” tab, under “Entry Tree/Editor Options”, check the option: “Display entry word count in status bar”

Currently, the default setting for this option is ON for loose-leaf categories like “Notebook”, and OFF for calendar categories like “Daily Journal”. You can, of course, have the option set however you like.

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “Quick!”

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “Fifty foot of cable”

Submission Information

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Updated: June 24, 2015 — 10:10 pm