The Journal Newsletter – November 2014

The Journal Newsletter

November 2014


Here in the USA, this is the Thanksgiving Season, a time for Family, Food, and (American) Football. And, of course, giving thanks. In that vein, I’d like to thank my wife, Susan, for not only letting me talk over the movie, but joining me, enthusiastically. =)

There is a new update of The Journal 6 available. See “The Journal News” below for all the details. (The update came out in October, actually, but after the newsletter went out.) This update includes new colored spiral notebook background images. Refer to this past newsletter tip to get those new backgrounds:

The file names of the new background images are: spiralpage-blue.jpg, spiralpage-gray.jpg, spiralpage-green.jpg, spiralpage-pink.jpg

This month’s tip is the (rather long) list of hot-keys in The Journal, alphabetically, and we have a couple new writing prompts.

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: The Journal Keyboard Shortcuts (Hot-Keys) Alphabetically

Ctrl+A – Select All (entire entry)
Ctrl+Shift+A – Insert Entry Date (date of the active entry) at cursor
Ctrl+B – Toggle Bold On/Off
Ctrl+Shift+B – Backup The Journal
Ctrl+C – Copy selection to clipboard
Ctrl+Alt+C – Toggle calendar On/Off
Ctrl+D – Insert Current Date at cursor
Ctrl+Shift+D – Add/edit description of selected image
Ctrl+E – Center paragraph
Ctrl+Shift+E – Shift focus to entry
Ctrl+F – Find text in entry
Ctrl+Shift+F – Search entries
Ctrl+G – Replace text in entry
Ctrl+Shift+G – Tag entry with topic
Ctrl+H – Hanging indent
Ctrl+Shift+H – Edit the current paragraph as right-to-left (for Middle Eastern users)
Ctrl+I – Toggle Italics On/Off
Ctrl+Shift+I – Insert Current Timer at cursor
Ctrl+Alt+I – Toggle countdown timer and stopwatch On/Off
Ctrl+J – Hide Journal
Ctrl+Shift+J – Open Journal Volume
Ctrl+Alt+J – Activate The Journal (if running)
Ctrl+Shift+K – Block justify paragraph
Ctrl+K – Insert Link
Ctrl+L – Align paragraph left
Ctrl+Shift+L – Toggle bulleting
Ctrl+M – Indent paragraph
Ctrl+Shift+M – Unindent paragraph
Ctrl+Shift+N – Toggle numbering
Ctrl+Shift+O – Toggle outline
Ctrl+P – Print
Ctrl+Shift+P – Apply topic
Ctrl+Shift+Q – Set selected text to “”
Ctrl+R – Align paragraph right
Ctrl+Shift+R – Thesaurus
Ctrl+S – Save all changes
Ctrl+Shift+S – Spell checker
Ctrl+T – Insert Current Time at cursor
Ctrl+Shift+T – Shift focus to date tree
Ctrl+Alt+T – Toggle date tree On/Off
Ctrl+U – Toggle Underline On/Off
Ctrl+Shift+U – Switch user (login in as a different user)
Ctrl+V – Paste from clipboard
Ctrl+Shift+V – Paste Special from clipboard
Ctrl+W – Count words in entry or selected text
Ctrl+Shift+W – Count words in the active entry plus the words in all sub-entries
Ctrl+X – Cut selection to clipboard
Ctrl+Shift+X – Insert To-do (CheckBox)
Ctrl+Y – Redo changes
Ctrl+Shift+Y – Edit layout properties of selected image
Ctrl+Z – Undo changes

Ctrl+Tab – Move to next category tab
Ctrl+Shift+Tab – Move to previous category tab
Ctrl+ – Apply default text style to selected text
Ctrl+Shift+ – Apply default text style to selected text, retaining formatting
Ctrl+Delete – Delete word
Ctrl+Shift+Insert – Paste from clipboard as text
Ctrl+ – Toggle Strikeout On/Off
Ctrl+Shift+ – Insert line at cursor
Ctrl+[ – -1 font size
Ctrl+] – +1 font size
Ctrl+= – Subscript
Ctrl+Shift+= – Superscript

Alt+Up – Move Entry Up
Alt+Down – Move Entry Down
Alt+Shift+Up – Promote Entry
Alt+Left – Back
Alt+Right – Forward

F1 – Context-sensitive help
F2 – Rename selected entry
Ctrl+F2 – Add a Calendar Charm to selected entry
F3 – Repeat last find
F4 – Lock/Unlock active entry (prevent/allow editing)
F5 – Go to today’s entry in category (Calendar Categories only)
Ctrl+F5 – Go to date (Calendar Categories only)
Ctrl+Shift+F5 – Go to a random entry in the current category (Calendar Categories only)
F6 – Set date for all active categories (Calendar Categories only)
F7 – Go to previous entry in category
Shift+F7 – Go back 1 month (Calendar Categories only)
Ctrl+F7 – Go back 1 year (Calendar Categories only)
F8 – Go to next entry in category
Shift+F8 – Go forward 1 month (Calendar Categories only)
Ctrl+F8 – Go forward 1 year (Calendar Categories only)
F9 – Create new entry
Shift+F9 – Create new root entry
F10 – Create new sub-entry
Shift+F10 – Bring up entry context menu
F12 – Save Entry as…
Ctrl+F12 – Export Entries…

Writing Prompts

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

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

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 (
The Journal Newsletter Copyright © 2015 by David Michael.
Updated: February 11, 2016 — 9:13 pm