Using Tags to group things together in Quoll Writer

Another of the new features added in the 2.6 update is the ability to “tag” objects to bring them together in a single group.

So let’s say you are writing a story about The Red Hand Gang, you’ve added all your characters but want to group the core characters together under one section.  It’s now easy just add a new tag called “The Red Hand Gang” (or whatever name you want to give it) and then either drag-n-drop the characters onto the section, or right click on the character and select the tag from the “Tags” menu.

Here’s what it looks like:

tag-example.png

(Anyone else remember The Red Hand Gang or am I just old… actually don’t answer that!)

Any tags you add will be available to all of your projects.  I’m still on the fence about per-project tags, but if you have a strong view on it, let me know.

So let’s go through the management/adding of tags in detail.

Adding a new tag from an object

First off we need to add a new tag.  Probably the easiest way is to add the tag from the object.  In this case we are talking about characters so right click on the character in the characters list in the sidebar and from the Tags menu select Add New Tag(s).  You’ll be shown the following popup:

add-tag.png

You can add as many tags as you like, just separate each with commas (,) and semi-colons (;).

The tags will be added/applied to character Lil’ Bill immediately.  Note however that the sections associated with each of the tags won’t be added to the sidebar.  To make the tags available you need to add them individually, right click on a current section and select Add section below or right click on the background of the sidebar and select Add section.  Then select the tag you want to add.

Adding/managing tags in general

If you want to manage the tags in general, i.e. all at once.  Then either right click on the background of the sidebar and select Add/Manage the Tag(s) or, in the Options panel, go to section Assets & Tags and click the Manage the Tags button.

Whichever you choose you’ll see the following popup:

manage-tags.png

An important thing to note here is that if you remove any tags using this popup then they will be removed from all of your projects.

While you can rename a tag from this popup by double clicking on the item and changing it you can also rename a tag from the tag section in the sidebar, right click on the tag name and select Rename.

Remove a tag from the current project

To remove a tag from just the current project, right click on the tag section in the sidebar and select Delete this Tag, you’ll then be shown the following popup:

remove-tag.png

As you can see this gives you the choice of removing the tag from all projects or just the current project.

Removing tags/adding existing tags to an object

To quickly remove tags or add existing tags to an object just right click on the object in the sidebar and in the Tags menu check/uncheck the tags that you want to apply/remove.

apply-tag-quick.png

Please note I am aware of the annoying bug that makes the highlighted text in the menu white.  This is an “other people’s software problem” (which is the bane of my life btw).  I have contacted the developer responsible for this issue a couple of times and he has ignored me.  QW3 will remove the need for his software altogether thus solving the issue.

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