STGuru User's Guide

7. About Input Method  Contents  9. Tools

8. Changing the Layout for STGuru with the Help of Profile Management

8.1 Customizing Layout of STGuru
8.2 Managing Layout by Profile Operations

8.3 Adjusting Font Size and Text/Background Color in Upper or Lower Area

8.4 Set Transparency and Draggability of the Main Window

8.5 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 customizable. 



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 left-right placement

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 bar

All these bars can be switch on or off by commands under View submenu.


Change proportion of the two edit areas

Adjust Edit Area Proportion command can help you precisely set the proportion of two edit areas.



Pic UG-8-1 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 and down.


Always on top

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.


UI languages

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.


Font sizes

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.


More 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 areas.



Pic UG-8-5 You can further customize font size between 1-600 pixels in the Font Size dialog box.


8.2 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.


Five preset system profiles are provided for you:

Standard Standard user interface, suitable for editing or reading one file.

Full 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.

Sticky Note 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 behind another.



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.


8.3 Adjusting Font Size and Text/Background Color in Upper or Lower Area


You 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.


Text 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


You 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 screen).


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 conveniently.


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.


8.6 Layout Retaining


When 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.


The 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.


8.7 More Examples



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.