The Journal Newsletter – December 2013

The Journal Newsletter

December 2013


A new release of The Journal 6 is now available. Check out “The Journal News” below to see what’s been fixed/added.

This month’s tip shows you how to include the number of years in a special day reminder, and we have a couple new writing prompts.

I hope your 2013 Holiday Season is filled with family, fun and festivities!

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: Birthday and Anniversary Number Display

Special Day reminders for Birthdays and Anniversaries can now display the year (e.g., 12th Birthday, or 23rd Anniversary).

1. When creating the Birthday or Anniversary reminder, give the full date of the birth or special day.

2. In the reminder’s “Name/Description”, use either the %yy or %yyth macro. Use %yy to display the simple year. Use %yyth to display the year like “1st”, “2nd”, “17th”.

My Birthday (%yy years old)

Displays as:
My Birthday (45 years old)

Susan & David’s %yyth Anniversary

Displays as:
Susan & David’s 20th Anniversary

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter/inspiration: “Leftover Turkey”

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter/inspiration: “Regifting”

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Updated: June 25, 2015 — 9:56 pm