When you open an AceText Collection, or create a new one, a new tab appears for that collection.
At the left side, tree view shows the list of folders and clips in the collection. You can use drag and drop to arrange items in the collection, or use the Move Up and Move Down buttons or their keyboard shortcuts. To add new items, use the New Folder, New Clip, Paste as New Clip or Create Clip from Text File buttons. You can also drag and drop to transfer text from another application into AceText. Use the AceText Tower if you want to see more clips than the tree view can show in its limited space.
Press the Control+Arrow Up or Control+Arrow Down keys on the keyboard to quickly walk through the list of clips. These hotkeys work even when the tree view does not have keyboard focus.
You can select several items in the tree, with the restriction that all selected items need to be inside the same folder. To select a range of items, click on the first item you want to select, then press and hold the Shift key on the keyboard, and click on the last item in the range. To add a single item to the selection, or to deselect it, press the Control key on the keyboard, and click on the item. If you selected all the items in a collection, the only way to deselect them is to press the Control key while clicking on an item. Then you can click again on that item without pressing the Control key, to select that item and deselect all others.
When you select multiple items, the last one you clicked on is the active item. This is the item that you can edit. When a folder is active, the right hand side of the tab page shows an edit box for the folder's label. When a clip is active, the right hand side allows you to edit the clip.
In the Label box, enter the label that should identify the clip in the list of clips. If you do not enter a label, the first few dozen characters of the clip's text are used instead. In the AceType box, enter the AceType abbreviation for the clip. Assign a memorable abbreviation to be able to quickly paste the clip using AceType. Abbreviations are case insensitive.
AceText supports several different kinds of clips. Most of the time, you will work with plain text clips. The other kinds are useful in conjunction with AceText-aware applications.
If you change a clip's kind into "before and after text", the clip's text will be split at the position of the text cursor in the edit box.
Mark the option "indent" if the clip consists of multiple lines, and you want the second and following lines to be lined up with the first line, when the clip is pasted into an AceText-Aware application. When pasting into an application that is not AceText-aware, the "indent" option has no effect. The "indent" option for a clip also turns on automatic indent for the editors to edit the clip's contents.
The search box and buttons at the bottom of the tab page enable you to search through and filter the collection. Type in a word or phrase, or select one from the drop-down list. Then click the Search Backward or Search Forward button to search for a clip containing the word. You can also press F3 and Shift+F3 on the keyboard to search. The label, abbreviation and text of each clip are all searched through. If no clip can be found, nothing will happen when you click one of the search buttons.
When you click the Filter button or press Ctrl+F3, the list will only show those clips that contain the word or phrase you entered in the search box. If you change the text in the search box, the list of clips is automatically updated to show only those clips containing the new search text. Click the Filter button again to turn off the filter and make the list show all clips again.
The toolbar on an AceText collection tab page shows the following buttons:
Copy to Clipboard
Paste as New Clip
Create Clip from Text File
Insert and Extract Text