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Menus

Whenever you want to do something beyond writing in iA Writer for Windows, you’ll want to look at the menus.

From there, you can see all the possible actions in the app as well as the associated shortcuts (on the right side).

There are 6 menus currently available in iA Writer for Windows:
File | Edit | Format | Focus | View | Help

File

Where you can manipulate files (Open, Export, Print…) and access the settings of the app.

Submenu Function
New Clears the Editor and offers a blank slate to create a new document
Open Displays a dialog which lets you browse to a file and open it in iA Writer
Import Allows you to import a file from Word
Save Saves the currently open file; on the first save you will be asked to name the file
Save As Allows you to save the currently open file under a new name
Export Choose this to have an HTML / PDF / Markdown or Word file generated from the contents of the Editor; you’ll be asked for a location to save this file
Show in Explorer Opens a File Explorer window showing the folder in which the current document resides
Install Template Displays a dialog allowing to browse for a custom template to install
Print Displays a dialog which lets you print the current contents of the Editor
Preferences Library, Editor, Templates and Advanced preferences
Quit Quits iA Writer

Edit

Where you can find the usual Copy / Paste functions and powerful tools such as Find, Replace, and Snippets.

Submenu Function
Undo Undoes the previous action in the Editor
Redo Redoes the previous action in the Editor
Cut Removes the currently selected text from the Editor and copies it to the clipboard
Copy Copies any text currently selected in the Editor to the clipboard
Copy as HTML Copies any text currently selected in the Editor to the clipboard in the HTML format
Paste Pastes any text in the clipboard into the Editor at the caret’s current position
Delete Removes the currently selected text from the Editor
Select All Selects all text in the document currently open in the Editor
Find Shows the Find bar, placing focus in the Find field so you can search for text in your document
Find Next Jumps to the next result of a previous search using Find
Replace Opens the Find bar with the Replace fields already visible
Replace All Replaces all instances of found text with the text in the replace field
Snippets Add new, edit or remove existing snippets

Format

Not too familiar with Markdown yet? This menu will provide all the essential formatting options for your text.

Submenu Function
Headings (1-6) Converts the line on which the caret is placed into a Markdown heading
List - Unordered List Converts the currently selected line(s) into a bulleted list. If nothing is selected, the current line will be made into a list item.
List - Ordered List Converts the currently selected line(s) into a numbered list. If nothing is selected, the current line will be made into a list item.
List - Task Converts the currently selected line(s) into a task list. If nothing is selected, the current line will be made into a list item.
List - Check/Uncheck Task If the caret is positioned on a line with a task list item, this will add or remove a check to that item (These can also be checked on and off with the mouse in the Editor)
Blockquote Adds an indent to emphase a quote from another source.
Body Text Removes Markdown formatting from the currently selected text
Emphasis Adds Markdown for italics to the currently selected text
Strong Adds Markdown for bold text to the currently selected text
Strong Emphasis Adds Markdown for both bold and italic text to the currently selected text
Highlight Adds Markdown for highligthing in yellow the currently selected text
Add Hyperlink Inserts Markdown syntax for the chosen item at the current caret position
Add Footnote Inserts Markdown syntax for the chosen item at the current caret position
Embed Image, Textfile, CSV Opens a dialog allowing you to browse for an image, text file or CSV which will be embedded into the document at the current caret position
Table Inserts a table at the current caret position and let you define the layout
Table of Contents Inserts a table of contents a the current caret position
Move Current Line Up Move an entire line up
Move Current Line Down Move an entire line down

Focus

Where you can find the core features of iA Writer: Focus mode, Syntax Highlight and Style Check.

Submenu Function
Focus → Paragraph Dims all the text except for the paragraph in which the caret is positioned
Focus → Sentence Dims all the text except for the sentence in which the caret is positioned
Focus → Off Turns off Focus Mode
Focus → Typewriter Scrolling Keeps the caret positioned in the center of the window at all times and scrolls the text when using up/down cursor arrows
Syntax Control Toggle ON/OFF and select Adjectives / Nouns / Adverbs / Verbs / Conjunctions. Will highlight the selected categories in different colors
Style Check  Toggle ON/OFF and select Clichés / Fillers / Redundancies / Custom list. Will cross out the selected category in the Editor
Style Check Language Select preferred language for Style Check (German, English, French)

View

Where you will find essential setup such as opening/ closing the Library or Preview, changing templates, or enabling Night Mode.

Submenu Function
Full Screen Toggles full screen mode
Night Mode Toggles between Night and Day mode
Spellcheck Toggles usage of the built-in spell checker and give access to additional dictionaries
Show Hidden Characters Hidden characters such as line feeds are shown in the Editor when this is toggled on
Line Length Adjust this value to set the desired maximum line length in the Editor (it may be reduced in narrow-width windows)
Text Size Set the size of the text in the Editor and Preview
Reset Defaults Reset de defaults settings for the Line Lenght and the Text Size
Always Show Stats Make stats always visible in the Editor (besides the stats on the menu bar)
Preview Opens/Closes the Preview window
Templates Allows selecting a different template to render in Preview
Library Opens/Closes the Library panel

Help

Where you can find information about the app (your version and license key), the Help section, and our Social Media.

Submenu Function
About iA Writer Version information
Help Opens the integrated help files
What's New Shows release notes for current version
Contact us on Twitter Links to our Twitter account so you can drop us a line for support (or anything else)
Subscribe to Newsletter Get updates about iA Writer to your mailbox. We don’t spam; only every few months if there is news we think you’d like to hear.
Visit Online Support Links to these support pages
Registration Info Your license information