Use comments as a “hidden text” feature

While comments were originally envisioned for collaboration, feedback, explanations, or questions related to edits of the text, they have several other applications. By using comments in conjunction with a few other Nisus Writer Pro features, you can use them in cases where you might want to hide or display parts of a document, large or small. These can, then, be displayed with a double-click of the mouse on the comment note icon in the margin.

Comments are commonly displayed in a sidebar alongside the document window. As an alternative you can display them at the bottom of a split screen. The split view is not the default but, you can switch to it by right mouse clicking any margin icon indicating a comment and choosing the menu command: Tools > Comments > Show Comments Area > Show Split View or any of a number of comparable menus as explained in “Main Text with Comments” on page 369.

This can be used for many purposes, the following are examples. You are likely to develop additional uses for the comments.

Alternative Text Usage

When reviewing what you have written, you might imagine a different way of writing something, but want to preserve the original and get an opinion from others. This is the common usage of the commenting function.

Attach the alternative version to the first word or phrase of the original.

Keep Chronological Notes

When keeping a file of chronological notes, each date entry can be followed by notes. Each note can consist of text, URLs to webpages, links to local documents, graphics and pictures. Several such notes can be entered each day. Each note can have a title as a part of its text. For easier browsing through your notes, each such note about a topic can be hidden in a comment, attached to its title. Then only the titles of each note can be displayed and scrolling through them enables an easy review of the topics. A double-click, of the margin comment icon, will display the contents of the respective note.

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