common tasks

Here are step-by-step instructions for completing common tasks:

basic tasks

For information about navigating through a document, see navigation.

document management tasks


open a document for viewing

With iSilo™, you can open any document that is in the format of one of the
standard document types. For a file on a storage card that is not in the format of one of the standard document types, iSilo™ can open the file for viewing of the raw content textually.

To open a document, navigate to it's location in the document list, and tap it's name.


add a bookmark to a document

While viewing a document, you can bookmark the current location using a named bookmark so that you can easily jump back to the bookmarked location at any time by selecting the bookmark from a list of the bookmarks you have added to the document.

To add a bookmark to mark the current location in the document, follow these steps:

  1. In the Marks menu, tap Add Bookmark. iSilo™ presents the Add Bookmark dialog and suggests a name for the bookmark, the text of which is taken from the first text line currently at the top of the screen.
  2. In the Name field, modify or replace the suggested name with the name you want to give the bookmark.
  3. In the Type field, select Local if you want the bookmark stored on your device only or select Document if you want the bookmark stored with the document.
  4. Tap Add to add the bookmark or Cancel to not add it.
For more about bookmarks and using them, see
bookmarks.

Tip: In the case where you think you might beam a document to someone but you do not want the receiver to also receive the bookmarks you have set for the document, you can set Local bookmarks for the document rather than Document bookmarks. Since Local bookmarks are not stored in the document, whereas Document bookmarks are, when you beam a document, the Document bookmarks travel with the document to the receiver but the Local bookmarks do not.


search for text within a document

While viewing a document, you can search for text within the document either localized to the current page or through the entire document.

To search for text, follow these steps:

  1. On the tool bar, tap the Find icon . iSilo™ presents the Find dialog.
  2. In the Find field, enter the text you want to find.
  3. Check Match case if you want the search to be case-sensitive or uncheck it to make the search case-insensitive.
  4. Check Entire document to search the entire document or uncheck it to search only within the current page.
  5. In the Range field, select whether you want to search Down (e.g., forward), Up (e.g., backward), or from Top to Bottom.
  6. Tap Find to begin the search or Cancel to cancel.
While iSilo™ searches the document, it presents a progress dialog to show you how far it has searched within the search range and how far it needs to go. You can cancel the search at any time by tapping Cancel. The search stops as soon as iSilo™ finds an occurrence of the text to find or reaches the end of the search range.

If iSilo™ finds an occurrence of the text to find, it jumps to the location of the occurrence and highlights it. You can search for the next occurrence by tapping the Find Again icon on the tool bar.


copy text to the clipboard

In the document you are viewing, you can select text and copy it to the clipboard by following these steps:
  1. On the tool bar, tap the Select Mode icon to enter select mode.
  2. Drag your stylus across the range of text you want to copy. As you do so, the text highlights to show your selection. If you drag to the top or bottom of the screen, the text scrolls so that you can extend the selection.
  3. In the context menu that appears after selecting the text, tap Copy to copy the selected text to the clipboard.

Tip: You can use the Copy Entire Screen, Copy Entire Page, and Copy Entire Document commands in the Edit menu to easily copy the entire screen, page, or document text without needing to either enter select mode or manually select the text.

Note: The amount of text you can copy is limited by the amount of memory available and limitations on how much text the clipboard can hold.


categorize a document

You can group your documents into categories to make it easier for you to locate the document you want to open. A document can even belong to multiple categories. You can categorize documents from the document list view and you can categorize the current document you are viewing.

categorize a document you are reading

To categorize a document you are currently viewing, follow these steps:
  1. From the Edit menu, tap Categories to get the Categories dialog.
  2. Check the checkbox to the left of the categories into which you want to place the file.
  3. Tap OK to accept the changes.

document list view

To categorize a file in the document list, follow these steps:
  1. Tap the file's icon to get the file context menu.
  2. In the context menu, tap Categories to get the Categories dialog.
  3. Check the checkbox to the left of the categories into which you want to place the file.
  4. Tap OK to accept the changes.

beam a document

iSilo™ can use the infrared port on your handheld to beam a document to another Palm OS® handheld with an infrared port. The receiving handheld does not need to have iSilo™ installed to receive the document.

You need to be in the document list view to beam a document. If you are reading a document, close it so that you go to the document list view, then follow these steps:

  1. Align the receiving handheld's infrared port with the sending handheld's infrared port.
  2. Tap the document file's icon to get the file context menu.
  3. In the context menu, tap Beam to enter beam mode.
  4. iSilo™ presents a dialog showing that it is beaming the document. You can tap Cancel to cancel beaming of the document at any time.
The receiving handheld receives the document into its internal memory. You can not specify any other destination, such as an external storage card, for the document on the receiving handheld.

delete a document

When you no longer need a document, you can delete it in one of two ways depending on whether you are viewing the document or not.

delete the document you are reading

If you want to delete the document you are currently viewing, follow these steps:
  1. From the Edit menu, tap Delete.
  2. iSilo™ asks you to confirm that you want to delete the document.
  3. Tap Yes to confirm, in which case iSilo™ deletes the document and returns you to the document list view. Tap No to not delete the document, in which case you return to viewing the document.

document list view

To delete a file in the document list, follow these steps:
  1. Tap the file's icon to get the file context menu.
  2. In the context menu, tap Delete.
  3. iSilo™ asks you to confirm that you want to delete the document.
  4. Tap Yes to confirm, in which case iSilo™ deletes the document and removes the document's entry from the list. Tap No to not delete the document.

rename a document

You need to be in the document list view to rename a document. If you are reading a document, close it so that you go to the document list view, then follow these steps:
  1. Tap the document file's icon to get the file context menu.
  2. In the context menu, tap Rename.
  3. iSilo™ presents the Rename Document dialog with the current name highlighted.
  4. You can modify the existing name or enter an entirely new one.
  5. Tap Rename to rename the document or Cancel to cancel renaming.
When you rename a document located internally, the database's name changes. When you rename a document located on an external storage card, the document's file name changes. For documents located on external storage cards, the file name is what appears in the document list.

copy a document

If your device has support for external storage cards accessible using VFS, you can use iSilo™ to copy a document from your handheld's internal memory to a mounted external storage card, from a mounted external storage card to your handheld's internal memory, or from one mounted external storage card to another mounted external storage card. The last option is only available for devices that support two or more simultaneously mounted external storage cards.

You need to be in the document list view to copy a document. If you are reading a document, close it so that you go to the document list view, then follow these steps:

  1. Tap the document file's icon to get the file context menu.
  2. In the context menu, tap Copy.
  3. iSilo™ presents the Copy File dialog. The dialog shows the title of the document, its size, and its location.
  4. Make a selection in the Destination field. If the document is currently in your handheld's internal memory, the field initially shows the destination as being the "/Palm/Programs/iSilo" folder on the first found mounted external storage card. If the document is currently on an external storage card, the field initially shows the destination as being the handheld.
  5. If you want the original document deleted after the copy completes, check Delete original after copy.
  6. Tap Copy to begin the copy or Cancel to copy the operation.
While iSilo™ copies the document, it shows the progress of the copy. You can cancel the copy in progress by tapping the Cancel button.

If you have documents on an external storage card that you want to use exclusively with iSilo™, then you are recommended to place those documents in the "/Palm/Programs/iSilo" folder so as not to burden other folders such as the "/Palm/Launcher" folder.

Note that you can use iSilo™ only to copy documents to standard locations. If you need additional flexibility, you can use a third-party file manager.


search multiple documents

iSilo™ does not integrate with the global find of the Palm OS®. However, you can perform a global search through currently listed documents. iSilo™ searches through documents both in your handheld's internal memory and on mounted external storage cards.

Follow these steps to perform a global search:

  1. If you are reading a document, close it so that you go to the document list view.
  2. Navigate to the list of documents you want to search.
  3. In the Tools menu, tap Find.
  4. In the Find field, enter the text you want to find.
  5. Check Match case if you want an exact match or uncheck it if you want to search for a caseless match.
  6. Tap Find to begin the search or Cancel to cancel.

iSilo™ presents the iSilo Global Search dialog to inform you of the search progress. In the lower right, the dialog shows the percentage completion of the search through the current document, whose title is the last line listed on the screen that has the solid horizontal lines to either side of it.

For each found occurrence of the text to search, iSilo™ adds a line to the display along with some content before and after the found occurrence so that you can have a rough idea of the context of the occurrence. At any time, you can tap on one of these lines to immediately jump to the point in the document where the occurrence was found.

If the screen fills all the way to the bottom, iSilo™ pauses the search so that you can decide whether you want to go to any of the listed occurrences. If you want to continue searching for subsequent occurrences, tap More. You can tap Cancel to completely exit the search at this point as well.

While iSilo™ searches a given document, you can tap Next to tell iSilo™ to stop searching it and move on to the next document.

At any time, you can tap Stop to pause the search. If you do so, two new buttons replace the Stop and Next buttons. Tap Cancel to completely exit the global search or tap More to continue the search from where it left off when you tapped Stop.


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