Hi Felix and Others,
This might be a bit lengthy, but I feel I must come to NoteTab's
rescue. <g> There are two key points below that I mention though
that should help beginners tremendously, the main menu and
NoteTab's Glossary. I have not throughly read all this thread (a
group of messages on the same subject) of the other about using
and understanding what is written for help with NoteTab, so I
might repeat something.
>I'm subbed to most of the NoteTab groups and read everything
>thoroughly even though I don't understand much. I don't know
>enough to even ask good questions yet, but that will come once I
>get my first good inkling of the general gist of things.
First off, NoteTab does not have/come with a tutorial. The Help
file or Help off the main menu (the list of words across the top
of NoteTab starting with File, Edit, Search...) of NoteTab is for
reference. It never has been and never will be to teach somebody
how to use the program from top to bottom. That would cover a few
books to be sure. The reason I say that is because of the many
things that people use it for and the many tools it has. For
example, someone mentioned having to learn two things at once
like NoteTab and HTML. I agree! If NoteTab's Help had to be
written to teach HTML, it would be books in itself just for that.
(One does not need to know books of information though to get
started with HTML.)
I have never read a help file or tutorial except for reference
now and then. I found that when starting off with a computer they
are too difficult to understand and by the time I knew a little
bit about computer programs for Windows they were way too easy
and did not tell me much. Actually, I find NoteTab's Help file
one of the better ones and find it very useful for reference,
because I tend to forget some of the Clip syntax that I don't use
often. I purposely used "Clip" and "syntax" so you could flame me
for using words that you have no idea whet they are like
You'll find that they are often used words (terms) on the lists
and in the Help file. I think it is the terminology that cause
beginners to go into frenzies! (I do say that in a nice way -been
there, done that). I remember what it was like trying to
understand something when I had no clue whatsoever what often
used words meant. The answer/solution for that is made simple in
NoteTab, at least I think it is. Some of us got together a few
years ago and wrote a glossary of terms for NoteTab. You can
access it easily from the Help menu. When you are reading Help or
on the lists and a term comes up that you do not know, simply
look it up. We'd be here forevermore trying to explain every word
that is not in the common everyday English language.
I think a lot of people go at (approach) NoteTab the wrong way.
They seem to expect it to know what they want to do which of
course is impossible. You need to know what you want to do first
and then try to find ways to do it with NoteTab.
To get an overall understanding of any program, I always go to
the main menu and start clicking to see what it has. Most the
time I know what a lot of it does just because they are standard
features in any Windows program. Take Copy, Cut, Delete, Paste,
for instance and they are normally found under the edit menu. If
I want to see certain bars, windows, and the like I go to the
View menu. The File menu normally deals with opening, closing,
saving, printing, files.
In NoteTab you can click on an item in the main menu and then on
an item (or a sub-menu and then an item in it) and press F1 to
pull up the Help file for that item. It will also have the other
items listed in that portion of the menu. That should be a great
help for beginners along with the NoteTab Glossary. One user
(perhaps Jonathan) once noted on the list that it was one of the
best glossaries he had found in any program. It not only covers
the terms used in NoteTab, but some of the related areas also.
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