Library

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

2.1.1. 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

2.1.2. 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.

2.1.3. Using the Library

The Library has a Menu at the top, a Document List in the middle, and Search below.

The Menu

Use the pop-up menu at the top of the Library to select which folder to view in the list below.

The Document List

Open a document from the document list with a single click. A double click will open the document in a new window.
Right-click (control+click) a file in the document list to do any of the following actions:
– Create a new folder (hold option to also move the selected file into this new folder)
– Show the file information in a pop-up
– Rename the file (You can also click the document title to do this)
– Delete the document
– Open the document in a new window
– Show the document in Finder
– Change the document list sort order

Right-clicking a folder offers the same actions as for documents.

Search

You can use the search field in the Toolbar to display only those documents which contain your search string in the Document List.

Advanced Search

iA Writer offers new ways to search through your documents.

Search Matches
name:alice Document name contains alice*
text:"rabbit" Document text that contains rabbit
name:^"note" First word of document name is note
^first First word of document name or text is first*
time AND space Document name or text contains time* and space*
time OR "space" time* or space
time NOT space time* but not space*
time NEAR space time* and space* with 10 or less terms in-between
time NEAR/3 "space" time* and space with 3 or less terms in-between
(time AND life) OR "me" time* and life*, or me
text machine text* machine*
"text* machine" text* machine

NB: Only a single word is supported for queries with name: or text: prefix

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 right. You can also use the pop-up menu at the top of the Library to navigate through the current folder hierarchy.