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Core Components Mac

iA Writer for Mac is composed of 3 main parts: the Editor where you write, the Library where you store your files and Preview where you can see the rendering of your document.

Editor

You’ll spend most of your time in the editor, in company of iA’s electric blue cursor. Writer is designed to get you up and writing as quickly as possible: most users will simply launch Writer and begin typing.

There are however some settings you can use to tweak the Editor to your own tastes such as the font, font size, indentation etc… you can discover them in Settings.

Formatting

One of the benefits of Markdown and Writer’s support for keyboard shortcuts is that you can type and format your document without taking your hands off the keyboard.

But if you aren’t familiar with Markdown yet, Writer’s Toolbar has your back. Select the target text and click on the desired formatting from the Toolbar.

If you don’t see your Toolbar, and it does not appear when hovering the mouse near the bottom of the window, you might have it hidden. Check your settings in SettingsGeneral.

Spelling and Auto-completion

Writer for Mac makes use of macOS’ familiar Spelling and Grammar functionality. Writer also supports Smart substitutions

You can also configure these settings while working in the Editor by right-clicking anywhere in your document and selecting the appropriate option. You can even retroactively apply substitutions to text!

Completions allow you to quickly enter commonly paired opening and closing brackets, braces or parantheses (e.g { and }).

With Wrap selection in typed brackets enabled you can quickly add opening and closing brackets around existing text.

File Options

Here you’ll see the name of your active file. You can click on this to reveal a macOS dialog that lets you:

Library

The Library is where you will store, organize and retrieve your documents. You can open and close it in different ways:

Open the Library Close the Library
With your mouse cursor over the left side of the editor, use a swipe to the right gesture (two-finger swipe on trackpads) With your mouse cursor over the left side of the editor, use a swipe to the left gesture (two-finger swipe on trackpads)
Click the left button in the top-right of the title bar Same
From the menu, choose ViewShow Library From the menu, choose ViewHide Library
Use the keyboard shortcut S Same

The Library is comprised of the Organizer and File List. You can make those panels wider or smaller or hide them completely. Some users like to keep their Library open while typing, and some prefer having the Editor in full screen for a distraction-free experience.

The Organizer

The left side of the Library allows you to select cloud storage, organize folders and access tags. You can hide the Organizer in ViewHide Organizer. The File List will still show; to hide it as well, you have to hide the whole Library. The Organizer contains:

The File List

The File List will show you all the folders and files stored in the selected Location (iCloud for example). You can manage your files from there with a context menu.

Preview

Preview shows you what your formatted text looks like. It can be open side-by-side with the Editor (like below) or in full screen. You can open and close Preview in multiple ways:

Open Preview Close Preview
With your mouse cursor over the right side of the editor, use a swipe to the left gesture (two-finger swipe on trackpads) With your mouse cursor over the right side of the editor, use a swipe to the right gesture (two-finger swipe on trackpads)
Click the “play” button in the top-right of the title bar Same
From the Menu, select ViewShow Preview From the Menu, select ViewHide Preview
Use the keyboard shortcut R Same

You can display Preview in full-screen, half-screen and even invert its color (black if the Editor is white and vice-versa). To learn more about all the different possibilities, check this article: Modify the Preview.

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