Library

New in iA Writer, the Library allows for quick access to your documents stored in iCloud Drive and Dropbox.

01. To reveal the Library

Do one of the following:
– With your mouse cursor over the left side of the editor, use a swipe to the right gesture (two-finger swipe on trackpads)
– Click the left-most button in the upper-right of the title bar
– From the menu, choose ViewShow Library
– Use the keyboard shortcut ⌘E

02. To conceal the Library

Do one of the following:
– With your mouse cursor over the left side of the editor, use a swipe to the right gesture (two-finger swipe on trackpads)
– Click the left-most button in the upper-right of the title bar
– From the menu, choose ViewHide Library
– Use the keyboard shortcut ⌘E.

03. Using the Library

The Library is comprised of the Organizer and Document Browser. Buttons in the title bar allow to navigate forwards and backwards in the Library’s history and toggle the Library’s visibility. Clicking the down arrow beside the Library button offers additional options for what to display when the Library is toggled.

The Organizer

Use the left-hand panel of the Library to select which cloud storage & folder to view in the Document Browser.

Locations

You can add new Locations to the organizer by dragging a folder from the Finder into the Locations section of the organizer. These can also be added or removed via the menu: iA WriterPreferencesLibrary

Favorites

New in iA Writer 5, Favorites allow you to create quick bookmarks to your most-used files and folders. To add a favorite, drag it from the Document Browser into the Favorites section of the Organizer.

Right-clicking any item in the Organizer pops up a context menu.

The Document Browser

Open a document from the Document Browser with a single click. A double click will open the document in a new window.
Right-click (control+click) in the Document Browser offers the following actions:

  • Create a new file in the current folder
  • Create a new folder in the current folder (hold option to also move currently selected items into the new folder)
  • Add the clicked item to Favorites
  • Get information about the clicked item
  • Rename the item (You can also click the the document title to do this)
  • Delete the item
  • Open the clicked document in a new window/tab
  • Show the item in Finder
  • Adjust how the Document Browser is sorted

Documents can be moved to, from, and within the Library by dragging them. This can be done with multiple iA Writer windows and the Finder too. If option is pressed while dragging, the selected file will be duplicated instead of moved. Use command or shift to select multiple files/folders.

Sort by

If this is turned on in the Library options in the title bar, a Sort bar is shown above the Document Browser. You can choose to sort folders by Name, Date Modified and Extension.

Filter

If turned on in the Library options in the title bar, a Filter bar is shown below the Document Browser.

Use the filter field to display only those documents in the current folder which contain your search string.

The Library will display any folders previously created in your online storage. Single-click a folder to view its contents. To navigate back, swipe to the left. You can also use the navigation buttons in the title bar.

Keyboard Shortcuts

iA Writer 5 offers a new “Go” menu which makes it easy to navigate between Locations and Favorites using keyboard shortcuts.

You can also use ctrl+tab to move the focus between the Organizer, Document Browser and Editor. Use the up and down keys to move through each list and the left and right keys to traverse folders in the Document Browser. (Right acts as a mouse click, so you can use it to open files too)

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