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Settings Mac

iA Writer for Mac is a minimalist app with streamlined settings that create a focused experience.

While keeping to a minimum, there is still some flexibility to adjust certain features for an improved user experience. You can access Settings from:

General

Appearance

Choose between Light and Dark themes for iA Writer.

Dock icon

Choose whether to show the Light or Dark icon in the dock while running iA Writer.

File extensions

Show or hide the extension of your files in the Library.

Window

Various ways to set up the main window of Writer.

Titlebar

Choose if you always see the Title bar or if it fades in/out.

Toolbar

Choose if you always/never see the Toolbar or if it fades in/out.

Automation

Turn on support for URL Commands.

Accounts

The + / - will add or remove blogging accounts.

The Options... let you choose whether drafts for the selected account are posted in HTML or Markdown.

Files

Default extension

New files will be saved with the extension provided here. Common extensions are .txt, .text or .md for Markdown.

Preferred action

Determines the behavior of N; either create files in the currently shown folder of the Library or prompt for a save location upon S.

Open files

Enable or disable for “Ask to keep changes” when closing. If “Close when quitting” is enabled, open files will not be restored.

Library

Organizer

Choose which sections to display in the Organizer.

Files

Toggle these options to keep folders at the top of the library list, show text excerpts for each file and show or hide the Sort and Filter bars.

Sort by

Choose to sort documents in the library by modification date, name, or kind.

Editor

Text size

Adjust slider to desired text size.

Typeface

Select the font between iA Mono, Duo or Quattro.

Typography

Select language corresponding to the typography (for CJK optimization).

Line length limit

Select maximum characters per line (64, 72 or 80).

Advanced

Adjust indentation, tab key behavior, tab width, and treatment for wrapped line/whitespace.

Highlight color

Choose the color for the highlight function between yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue and green.

Completed tasks

Determines the appearance of a task when complete, either strikethrough, faded or both.

Focus scope

Determines the Focus Mode, between Sentence/Paragraph/Typewriter.

Syntax

Select parts of speech to be highlighted when Syntax Control is enabled.

Style Check

Select parts of speech to be crossed out when Style Check is enabled and add Custom Patterns to compliment built-in lists.

Authors

Select which type of Authors are identified when Authorship is enabled in a document.

Spelling and grammar

Decide how iA Writer checks your spelling and grammar, if at all.

Smart substitutions

You can learn more about Smart substitutions and automations on this dedicated page.

Completions

If you choose “Insert and type-over matching brackets,” pressing the [ key will add opening and closing brackets, with the cursor positioned between them as [|]

If you select “Wrap selection in typed brackets,” pressing the [ key will add an opening and closing bracket around the selected text.

Authors

Add or remove authors from global list. Select an author’s name to edit name, identifier and kind of author.

More about the Authorship feature here.

Templates

Default Templates
Web Preview

Invert Colors: uses Night Mode when the Editor is in Day Mode and vice-versa.

Printing & PDF Export

Choose whether to include a Title page, headers and footers in your printed documents and exported PDFs.

Custom templates

Add or remove additional templates or custom ones by using the +/- buttons or dragging them into the field.

Markdown

Metadata

To determine Global metadata, which has the lowest priority.

Library Paths & Links

You can configure how paths for Wikilinks and Content Blocks will appear in the Editor here.

Processing

*N.B. This is distinct from the Editor setting for Smart Quotes and Smart Dashes. Those will modify the characters themselves in the Editor, while this function only changes the appearance in Preview and PDF export. You can learn more about Smart substitutions and automations on this dedicated page.

Settings

Settings Mac

iA Writer for Mac is a minimalist app with streamlined settings that create a focused experience. While keeping to a minimum, there is still some flexibility to adjust certain features for an improved user experience. You can access Settings from: The Menu iA Writer → Settings The keyboard shortcut ⌘, General Appearance Choose between Light

Settings iPhone

iA Writer is a minimalist app with streamlined settings that create a focused experience. While keeping to a minimum, there is still some flexibility to adjust certain features for an improved user experience. On iPhone, tap the ⚙️ icon at the top-left of the Library to modify settings. The Settings can be divided in the

Settings iPad

iA Writer is a minimalist app with streamlined settings that create a focused experience. While keeping to a minimum, there is still some flexibility to adjust certain features for an improved user experience. On iPad, tap the ⚙️ icon at the top-left of the Library to modify settings. The Settings can be divided in the

Settings Android

Users can find Editor settings by clicking on the ⋮ → Settings within a open document in iA Writer for Android. The settings are divided into the following sections: General Horizontal Swipes When switched on, you can swipe between the Library, Editor and Preview. Ultra dark night mode? Turn ON/OFF AMOLED night mode. PIN Protect?

Settings Windows

iA Writer for Windows is a minimalist app with streamlined settings that create a focused experience. While keeping to a minimum, there is still some flexibility to adjust certain features for an improved user experience. You can access Settings by: The ⚙️ at the top of the Library From the Menu File → Preferences Library