STGuru User's Guide
7. About Input Method Contents 9. Tools
8. Changing the Layout for STGuru with the Help of Profile
Customizing Layout of STGuru
8.2 Managing Layout by Profile Operations
Adjusting Font Size and Text/Background Color in Upper or Lower Area
8.4 Set Transparency and Draggability of the Main Window
Using STGuru as a
Desktop Sticky Note
8.6 Layout Retaining
8.7 More Examples
8.1 Customizing Layout of STGuru
Appearance of STGuru is highly
You can resize STGuru by dragging its borders or corners.
Hide or show either of the two edit areas
You can edit two
files one against another, or only read/edit one block of text. The top two commands
in the View submenu can be used to hide or show either of the two edit areas for different
purpose. The two commands can also be executed by clicking corresponding image
buttons in the upper or lower toolbar.
Switch between up-down placement and
You can switch the layout of the two edit areas to up-down or
left-right. The two right-most buttons in the picture below are for this
purpose. There are two shortcut keys for this feature:
Switch to up-down placement: Ctrl+Up Arrow
Switch to left-right placement: Ctrl+Left Arrow
Show or hide menu bar, upper / lower toolbar or status
All these bars can be switch on or off by commands under View submenu.
proportion of the two edit areas
Adjust Edit Area Proportion command can help you precisely set the
proportion of two edit areas.
Buttons in the lower toolbar: The two at left can be used to adjust the
display-hiding status of the two edit areas; the third last button can be used
for adjusting the proportion between the two edit areas; the last two buttons
can be used to set edit area placement - up-down or left-right. The up-down
button in this picture is pressed down. This means the current placement is up
If you choose always on top, STGuru will not be covered by other
programs even if it's not active. This is useful if you hope to use it as a
sticky note. The "pin" icon at the right end of the upper toolbar can
also be used for this purpose.
You can choose a language from among English, Simplified Chinese
and Traditional Chinese. More about it can be found in 3.1 Switching User Interface (UI) Languages.
You can change font size for the two edit areas independently. 5 typical
font sizes (Small, Smaller, Normal, Larger and Large) can be set quickly. When
you set font size from the Font Size dialog, you can further adjust font size
between 1-600 pixels.
advanced operation on layout can be realized by managing profiles as described in
the next section.
Pic UG-8-2 STGuru provides many commands to control layout. Most such commands
can be found under View sub menu. In addition, you can switch edit areas and
perform profile operations easily from button commands on the upper or lower toolbar. The "pin" button can be used to switch on of off
"Always On Top" status for STGuru.
Pic UG-8-3 You can precisely change the proportion between upper and lower edit areas. This dialog box can be called by clicking "Adjust
Edit Area Proportion" command in the View submenu.
Pic UG-8-4 Menu commands for changing font size for either of the two edit
Pic UG-8-5 You can further customize font size between 1-600 pixels in the Font Size
Managing Layout by Profile Operations
Since the layout of STGuru is highly customizable. A good way to control the
appearance of you STGuru is to manage the layout by a profile. A profile is a set of
configuration values containing all major information for the layout of
your STGuru. If you are satisfied with the current layout of your STGuru,
you can save it down as a profile, and call it out from the profile list easily
in the future.
preset system profiles are provided for you:
Standard user interface, suitable for editing or reading one file.
Full UI with both edit areas appearing, suitable for editing or reading two files
(or two text blocks) one against another, or code conversion between Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
All UI components, except for the upper edit area, are hidden. The total UI is very small, and the Always on Top options is switched on. STGuru can
be used as a sticky note with this profile.
Verify by Lines
UI of this profile is suitable for delicate comparison between two similar articles line by line, and word by word. User can make the two edit areas even more narrow, so only one line height is left for each edit area for delicate verification between each line of the two articles.
Open from Explorer Just like WinZip, STGuru can be used to open one or more text files from Windows Explorer by righting click one or more text files, and choose "Edit with STGuru" from the pop up menu. This profile is specifically reserved for such purpose.
In actual operation, there will be offsets between two opened STGuru UIs if "Maximized" options is off, so each UI won't be
hidden completely one
Pic UG-8-6 Profile commands and profile list for your quick use in the View
submenu. You can also call out the profile menu by clicking the star in
the upper toolbar.
Pic UG-8-7 Profile commands and profile list called out by clicking the star
in the upper toolbar
Pic UG-8-8 Profile Manager. You can manage all your profiles here. The
flashing star at bottom-left can be used to apply a profile.
Pic UG-8-9 You can enter this dialog box when you save a profile with
"Save Profile" command, or add or edit a profile in the Profile
Manager. You can precisely adjust all values for a profile in this dialog box
except for the read-only property "System Profile". You can decide
whether a profile should appear in the profile list menu by checking on or off
the "Appear in profile menu list" check box. When you click the text
button "Apply Current Profile", this dialog box will be filled with
current layout values of your STGuru. You can also preview the result of this
profile by clicking the magnifier image button.
Adjusting Font Size and Text/Background Color in Upper or Lower Area
can adjust the font size of the two edit areas by two groups of menu commands
respectively: View-> Upper Area Font Size and View->Lower Area Font Size.
or background color for upper or lower edit area can be edit separately
in the color dialog box: View->Edit Color.
Besides the current group of font + background colors for each
edit area, there are 4 templates for each area (so 8 in total for both areas).
The first of the 4 is black text and white background; the second is the default
color combination for previous versions of STGuru for old users to choose from;
the third and fourth can be customized. Users can click a color template to
quickly assign color scheme to the upper or lower edit area. Besides, the color
schemes on the two edit areas and the 8 templates can be copied/pasted from one
to another freely.
8.4 Set Transparency and
Draggability of the Main Window
can set the transparency of the main window (from fully opaque to fully
transparent), and can set the main window to be draggable (with a draggable
window, except for the active interactive components such as menu bar, command
buttons, and edit area(s) with text, you can press the left button of the mouse
at any position of the other part of the window, including status bar, blank
areas on a toolbar or a blank edit area to drag the main window freely around on the
You can find this feature from under the View menu.
With a semi-transparent window, you can monitor the working of
other programs on the screen (such as watching a Flash movie on a video site,
waiting for the response of some one while chatting on MSN), and reading or
editing relevant text at the same time. This feature also helps you edit
information one against another (such as writing down the text on an image) more
conveniently. With the new draggability, you can drag STGuru more
8.5 Using STGuru as a
Desktop Sticky Note
It's easy to set your STGuru as a desktop sticky note by applying
the system profile "Sticky Note".
Pic UG-8-10 Click this menu item to set your STGuru as a desktop sticky note.
Pic UG-8-11 Now STGuru will be a small UI sticking onto your Desktop.
Pic UG-8-12 You can restore from the sticky note profile by commands in
context popup menu which will appear when you right click the edit area in STGuru. If
you choose standard profile, or any system or custom profile now, the appearance
of your STGuru will restore quickly.
you exit from STGuru, all its layout configurations will be saved. When you start
STGuru again, the layout will be the same as you exit from STGuru last time.
only exception is the time when you open STGuru with "Edit with STGuru"
command from the context menu of Windows Explorer, "Open from
Explorer" system profile will be applied at this time.
Pic UG-8-13 Result of Standard system profile. You can use this profile when
you are editing one file. If you are editing 2 files one against anther, you can
click the downward half circle to show the lower edit area.
Pic UG-8-14 Result of Verify by Lines system profile. You can clearly verify
two files line by line.
Pic UG-8-15 You can set a larger font size to read some complex characters.