The Journal Newsletter – May 2015

The Journal Newsletter

May 2015


An update of The Journal 7 is available. See “The Journal News” below for all the details.

This month’s tip explains how to set (and override) the default entry background and font color, and we have a few new writing prompts.

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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: Default Entry Background Color and Default Font Color

In The Journal 6, the default entry background color was always white, and the default font color was always black.

In The Journal 7, though, the active theme controls the entry background color and default font color. In “The Journal 7 Default Theme”, these are white and black, respectively. But in other themes, like “Auric” or “Carbon”, the default entry background color is black with a light gray font color.

If an entry is set to use the defaults, you can switch themes and your entries will keep track. You will always be able to read them. It’s actually kind of cool. =)

The defaults set by the theme, though, can be overridden at three levels: the user level, the category level, and the entry level.

To set the default entry background and font colors at the user level: Click on the User menu and choose “User Preferences…” Bring up the “Entry” tab. These settings will be used in all categories and entries unless otherwise overridden.

To set the default entry background and font colors at the category level: Right-click on the category and choose “Category Properties…” Bring up the “Entry Text Style” tab. These settings will be used in all entries in this category, unless overridden.

To set the background for a particular entry: Bring up that entry. Click on the Format menu, then the Background Color sub-menu and choose the desired color.

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “May Flowers (or Mayflowers)”

Journaling Prompt – How much do you plan for (or worry about) posterity reading your journal? How (if at all) does this affect what you record?

Memoir Prompt – Inventory your kitchen collection of pots, pans and skillets. Are any of them hand-me-downs? What’s their story? Which one is your favorite?

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.

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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: June 29, 2015 — 9:58 pm