Notes in Inspire: add your thoughts to the sheet

A note to the sheet could be a way of reminding yourself what the sheet is mostly about.

If you’re writing a novel or a script in Inspire, it’d be faster for you to locate the sheets you want by going through the notes. You could add a note with text like “It’s the POV of the antagonist.”, “1st twist”, etc.

To add a note to your sheet, click the paperclip icon () on the top left of the editor, you invoke the attachments window. Click Note:

Add a note to your sheet.
Add a note to your sheet.

Add your note in the text field accordingly. If you want it to show on your sheet, click Show. Then click OK to save and exit.

Or you can let the note shown on the sheet by pressing F4, and then add your note there.

An example of the note.
How your note will look like

You’ll see the note pasted on your sheet. You can drag and drop it to where you find most comfortable.

Tags in Inspire: tell your sheet status with just a glance

If you have a thousand sheets in Inspire, it must be hard to tell which are drafts ready for review and which are ready for publishing. Tags are the little helpers in this case.

By clicking the paperclip icon () on the top left of the editor, or by using the shortcut keys Ctrl + 4, you invoke the attachments window:

Add tags to your Inspire sheets.
Add a tag to your sheet.

Feel free to add any tags for your sheet here for your own reference:

How your sheet list looks like with the tags in Inspire
How your sheet list looks like with the tags.

Can Inspire share the same tags with my WordPress website?

Sure, it can.

Let’s say that you have a tag in both your WordPress site and Inspire called ‘Markdown writing’. Then you add the ‘Markdown writing’ tag to the Inspire sheet, and decide to publish it to your site. You’ll then see the tag ‘Markdown writing’ added to the post automatically. No need for you to repeat the tag-adding process again.

Library & Groups in Inspire: better file management and organization

When you open Inspire, you can see 3 columns from left to right: Library & Groups, Sheet list, and the Editor.

3 columns from left to right: Library & Groups, Sheet list, and the Editor in Inspire the writing app.
3 columns from left to right: Library & Groups, Sheet list, and the Editor.

Being the first column on the left, Library & Groups is like the manager of all your work written in Inspire: it’s on top of everything and it keeps things all under control.

How so? Let’s move on, and you’ll see how Inspire is the ideal tool for you to write in a distraction-free environment.

Library: holds everything you write

All your work is in the Library, including the deleted ones. You can see it as the Windows folder that has access to all your text.

That said, if you erase files manually, you won’t see them here.

In the Library section, you can see 3 groups, All, Favorites, and Trash.

  • All your current work is in the All group.
  • When you add your sheets to favorites, you’ll see them in the Favorites group. This comes in handy when you want to have quick access to some sheets. If you don’t see the Favorites group in your library, it’s because you haven’t favored your sheets yet.
  • Your deleted sheets and groups will go to the Trash folder. You can restore or erase files here if you like. But please be note that the erased files and groups will be removed from your computer completely and it cannot be undone.

On My Computer: categorize your work into groups, subgroups, etc.

In the On My Computer section, you’ll see 2 universal groups: Inbox and Introduction.

Inbox and Introduction groups in the Library.
Inbox and Introduction groups in the Library.
  • Inbox holds all the .IS files you receive and open with Inspire.
  • Introduction is where you find basic information about markdown and how to use Inspire.
  • The other folders. As per your own needs, you can add as many groups on your computer as you like. Simply by right-clicking Inbox and click New Group….
Create a new group in Inspire.
Create a new group.

When you select a group, you’ll get an overview of all its subgroups and sheets.

External Folders: edit .md files from other platforms

External folders allow you to see and edit your .md files from other platforms (such as Mac). In this way, you can transfer your documents to Inspire for further editing.

That is to say, Inspire provides you with a way out for cross-platform writing and editing. Go to this post to see how to edit your .md files from other platforms with Inspire.