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7. Creating and Tailoring a Collection of Notes ↑

7.4 Tailor Collection Settings

You will be presented with the Settings for your Collection immediately after creating it.

But you can always access these Settings later by selecting Settings… beneath the Collection menu.

(Note that these are different from the application settings, found beneath the Notenik menu. The Application Settings apply globally to all of your Collections.)

The left side of the Collection Settings allows you to tweak the Collection Title, the file extension used for Notes, and a few other settings.

See the Collection Title page for details on that field.

Each Note file is an ordinary text file, and can be opened using any text editor, in addition to being editable within Notenik. Depending on what application you might wish to be the default text editor for your notes, you may wish to pick some special file extension to be used. The file extension of .md is often used for Markdown documents. (If you don’t care about this, or this doesn’t make any sense to you, then feel free to just ignore this whole paragraph and leave the Preferred File Extension set to the normal default of txt.)

Note that, if you later decide to change the Preferred File Extension for a Collection, Notenik will automatically rename all of the existing files within that Collection to reflect your new choice.

Beginning with Version 10.6.0, you may explicitly set the Preferred File Format to be used. This will change the way each Note is internally formatted on disk. The default is to use a special Notenik Note File Format. If you wish to make your Notes compatible with other software, however, you may wish to make a different choice. Both YAML and MultiMarkdown allow for metadata (fields other than Title and Body), but in a slightly different format than that preferred by Notenik. See Existing Text Files for more info on alternate formats.

Also beginning with Version 10.6.0, you may explicitly set the option to save Tags with Hash signs. This will change the way each Note is internally formatted on disk. Again, this may increase interoperability of your Notes when using other software.

Note that, if you change the Preferred File Format, or the hash tags option, then Notenik will reformat all of the Notes in your Collection to use the new format. Data loss is possible when doing this, so you may wish to backup your Notes before making such a change.

Enter a shortcut for a Collection as one way to reference it later, via a Collection Identifier.

Select an option to tailor your Note Title Display. The default is a normal font size, with a bold style applied. See the separate page below for details.

The following controls are available and can be used to modify/augment the appearance of Notes on the Display tab.

List of Fields

The right side of the window allows you to choose the fields you would like to include in the Collection. Feel free to check additional ones if they seem useful to you.

If you would like to further customize the list of fields for a Collection, read about the Collection Template file, consulting the section on Field Labels and Types as necessary.

Other Fields Allowed?

Note that the last checkbox on the right side is a bit different from the others. It asks if `Other Fields Allowed?'. This is unchecked by default, which means that Notenik will only recognize a field in a Note if it has been defined in advance for the Collection – either by checking the field label here, on the Collection Settings window, or by adding it to the template file directly, via an external text editor.

If you check this box, then anything in any of your Notes that looks like a separate field will be treated as such, whether or not it starts with one of your predefined field labels for the Collection.

In general, it is better to not allow other, random fields to be recognized as such, to prevent cases of misinterpretation of your Notes. On the other hand, there may be cases where the additional flexibility is worth the risk.


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