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Examining Index Cards

Index cards represent your files, but they do not display the content of the document itself. Rather, the index card contains elements of the meta-data for the file. Imagine it as a physical index card you paper clip to each document describing its content.

As shown in Figure 6.3, there are three mandatory elements on every index card, as follows:


Figure 6.3An index card displays the icon, title, and synopsis of the document.

  • Icon: The item’s icon, matching the one that appears in the Binder. You can easily see if the file contains document text or has been saved as a Snapshot, for example, by looking at the icon. The icon has a functional purpose, as well: to open a document in the Editor window in order to work on the document itself, double-click the icon on the index card.

  • Title: The title of the document, as it also appears in the Binder. Double-click the title to highlight and rename it. If you change the title of the document on the index card, it is updated in the Binder and the Inspector.
  • Synopsis: The synopsis of the document. Double-click to type or edit the synopsis on the index card. You can also enter the synopsis in the Inspector. If you want to use an image in place of a text synopsis, as shown in Figure 6.1, you must add it in the Inspector. You are not required to enter a synopsis; if you do not, this area of the card remains blank.

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