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Frequently Asked Questions About Li'l Red Notebook

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Downloading and installing
Purchase and registration
Versions and upgrades
Installing LRN on another computer
Learning to use LRN

Obtaining and formatting word lists
Resizing or finding your program window
Tab naming and alphabetization
Working with columns
Printing your word lists
Back it up!
About word processing programs & spellcheckers
Tips and tricks for using LRN
Receiving e-mail from Horus Development

 

Downloading and installing

  • How do I download a file? From the Downloads page, use the right mouse button to click on one of the download links. From your right click menu, choose Save Target As or Save Link As. This will bring up the Save As dialog box. Click the link on the left side for your Desktop as the saving location. Then click Save. After the download process is complete, you will find the LRN installation program icon on your desktop. It is called RedNoteBook19b.exe.
  • Where did my downloaded file go? If you choose your desktop as the download location, as described above, the installation file will be visible. AOL (and some other ISPs) may not offer you this choice and will have a specified directory where all downloaded files are saved. If you cannot locate your downloads directory, check your AOL Help files or contact your ISP for assistance.
  • How do I install the program? After downloading the installation file as above, double click the icon on your desktop to launch it. Agree to all the prompts during the installation program by clicking Next, Yes, Okay, etc. This will ensure the program installs in the appropriate location on your hard drive.
  • Does LRN work in Vista?  Yes--click here for instructions.
  • What if I had the program installed previously? If you had previously installed the program, reinstalling it will not overwrite any word lists you created.


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Purchase and registration

  • How do I purchase LRN? If you've already used LRN for 30 days and know you want to buy it, click the Register button in the LRN program or just click here to go to the purchase page for LRN on the Web site of our e-merchant, share*it!, and click the Quick Buy link on that page. If you'd rather not use a credit card, complete the online order form and you will be given the choice to place your order by telephone, fax, or postal mail. DO NOT use the address in the help file to order by mail as our e-merchant is using a different mailing address at this time.
  • Why does LRN keep telling me to purchase the program when I try to enter my registration information? On some systems, the window that tells you how to purchase the program pops up on top of the little box where you are to enter your registration information. Just close this window by clicking the X in the upper right corner. You should find the registration information box right behind it.
  • Will I lose my word lists if my trial period expires? Your word lists are safe. No worries. Register the program whenever you are ready. Or if you decide not to purchase it, you can access the word lists you made in the c:\Program Files\Red NoteBook directory. They are plain text files and will open in your word processor and can be imported into many other programs.
  • What if I don't want to place an order online? If you'd rather not place your order on line, you can order by telephone, fax, or postal mail. Just follow the instructions on the share*it! page.  You still need to fill out the online order form and then you will get to choose the method for placing your order.  Note that they will provide you with a different mailing address than is shown in the LRN help file.
  • What if I sent a check but my evaluation period expired and I need to use LRN right now? In an emergency, we can issue a temporary code that will extend your evaluation period by 30 days. Click Help Request and explain the situation, and we'll try to help you out.
  • Why do you keep telling me to try LRN for 30 days before buying it?   Believe it or not, we've had people buy LRN without having any idea what it is. We think it's great than LRN has such a good reputation, but occasionally someone buys it by mistake and doesn't intend to use it. We are happy to issue a refund, but we are penalized by the credit card merchant when we do this. So please try the program before you buy it. We are happy to answer questions and help you learn to use it.
  • I bought LRN a couple of years ago; do I need to purchase it again for my new computer? No, you don't need to purchase it again. If you lost your activation code, click Help Request and ask us to resend it. See also the topic for installing LRN on another computer.

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Versions and upgrades

  • What's my version number? Click Help and then About to see your version number.
  • When is a new version available? The current version is 1.9b. When a new version is released, we will notify registered owners by e-mail. If you change your e-mail address, be sure to let us know by clicking the Contact Us link on this page.
  • How can I get the full version? The version available for download on our Web site is the full version with all features intact. LRN is time-limited shareware, which means that you can try the program for 30 days for free. After 30 days, you must purchase the program and register it in order to continue using it.
  • How do I know if I am using the Lite version? Li'l Red Notebook Lite is a special version distributed by some schools and companies. It is free and does not expire but has only 5 tabbed lists instead of 100. To upgrade from the Lite version to the full version, download LRN from this Web site by clicking the Downloads link from the menu at the left. After downloading the installation file, double click it to install the program and allow it to install itself in the same directory as LRN Lite (it will do so by default). Any word lists you created will be retained. LRN Lite users get the same 30-day trial for the full version of the program.

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Installing LRN on another computer

  • Can I install LRN on more than one computer? You can install LRN on your work computer and at home. Just download it in both places and use the same registration information.
  • How do I move LRN to my new computer? To move LRN to a new computer, first download the trial version from our Web site and install it just as you did when you first began using LRN. To get to the trial version, choose the Downloads button from the menu at the left. This ensures the program is properly installed and will be recognized by Windows.  If your new computer has Vista, however, click here as there is an additional step you need to take to complete the installation in Vista. Next, you need to enter your original registration details (name and unlock code) in the new installation so the program will know that you already purchased it. If you've misplaced your reg info, click Help Request and ask us to resend it. To restore your word lists and tab names, you'll now make a copy of the LRN program folder on your old PC and move it to the same location on your new PC. When you copy it to the new PC, you will get a warning indicating that you are about to overwrite an existing folder, and you'll say OK. The location of this folder is C:\Program Files\Red NoteBook. Just use My Computer to navigate to it and copy it onto some kind of removable media, like a CD or USB flash drive. Note: Before copying the folder to your new PC, make sure LRN is not running.  Exit LRN by right clicking the LRN icon in the lower right hand corner of your screen (next to the clock) and choose Quit. When you restart LRN after copying the folder to your new PC, your word lists and tab names will be visible as before. If they are not, either LRN was still running while you were copying the folder or you may not have actually copied the folder but just created a shortcut and copied that. When you copy a folder by dragging it with your mouse, hold down the right mouse button and then choose "Copy Here" from the popup menu; otherwise, you are creating a shortcut to the folder and not actually copying its contents.
  • What if my computer crashes and I can't get to my old LRN files to move them? It's important to regularly back up your LRN files onto some kind of removable media (a floppy disk, for example) just in case something happens to your hard drive. If you do have backup copies and need to restore them to a new computer, follow the procedure above for moving LRN. Then instead of copying the LRN folder from your old PC to your new one, just copy your most recent set of backed up word lists into the LRN directory on your new PC (C:\Program Files\Red NoteBook). You can then manually rename your tabs. Just FYI, tab names are stored in the LRN folder in a filed called RedNoteBook.ini. If you use a large number of tabs and don't wants to ever have to manually rename your tabs should your PC fail, make a copy of this file any time you change your tab names and keep it on your backup disk.
  • What if I lost my registration information? Click the Help Request link on the menu to the left and indicate you need a replacement. We'll need your name and e-mail address--and if you have changed your e-mail address since you originally purchased the program, it is a help to us if you can provide your previous e-mail address.

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Learning to use LRN

  • How do I use LRN? The best way to learn to use LRN is to experiment with it while you are reading the Help file. The Help file is designed to be easy to read. Each topic is very brief but refers directly to the next topic. So after you read about an item, click the double arrows at the top of the Help screen (>>) to go immediately to the next topic. You might want to print out the Help file in its entirety to have as a reference while you are first working in LRN. If you are running LRN 1.9b in Vista and can't view the help file, click here to see a copy of the help file. However, you can get Vista to recognize all Windows help files automatically by installing a fix from Microsoft's Web site. Click here for details.

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Obtaining and formatting word lists

  • Where do I get word lists? You can import word lists you are already keeping in another application or in a traditional notebook. You can find an endless number of word lists on line which you can add to your own lists. A couple of Web sites where you can find word lists are HPI's Current Terms page and MT Desk. You can search Google for "glossary" or "glossaries" or for meds, look for "formulary." For an example of a drug formulary that has proper case for brand name and generic drugs, click here. We provide a couple of lists on our Downloads page to get you started.
  • What kind of lists should I keep? You can keep up to 100 tabbed lists on whatever topics you want. Some are described on the Li'l Red Notebook page (click the link on the left side of this page). One MT I know is provided with new patient lists every day and imports this into LRN. Then when the patient returns for followup care, she has the spelling available. A supervisor with an MT service uses LRN as a QA tool. She assigns a tab to each and MT and cuts and pastes corrections into each MT's tab as she proofreads. Then she exports the lists and e-mails this feedback to her MTs. Your needs will differ, but I keep a drug list so that I have a quick reference to the most frequently prescribed drugs in both generic and brand names (I found the 200 most common drugs at rxlist.com). I keep lists of all the facilities in the state of my primary account--hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, etc., so I have spellings, and addresses in some cases, ready if I need them. I used to keep separate alpha and numeric staff lists, but I found that when I combined them with my state list, it was more efficient for me. I keep a list of approved abbreviations for my primary account and a list of abbreviations I must never use, the so-called "dangerous" abbreviations. And I created a list of grammar and style rules that are required by my primary account--it is useful as a quick reference. And because my mind wanders sometimes between reports, I designate one tab as my "to do" list, and I jot down notes to myself. There are no sticky notes anywhere on my desk!
  • How do I get entries from a Web page so they fit into LRN? Depending upon how a Web page is formatted, you can highlight the terms you want and cut and paste them into the entry bar in LRN in one fell swoop or you have to pre-format the list first. To do the latter, open up Notepad (you can usually find it by clicking Start, Programs, and then Accessories) and cut and paste the text from a Web page into Notepad. Then clean up the list by removing unnecessary text or extraneous tabs. You don't have to alphabetize it or remove duplicates--LRN does that for you.
  • How come I have a bunch of blank lines at the top of my list? When you import a list that contains blank lines, the blank lines will sort to the top of the list when it alphabetizes. You can delete the lines manually by highlighting them and clicking the minus (-) button or export the list, delete the blank lines and then import it back to the same tab and choose Replace instead of Add.
  • Why is the text I just entered full of odd characters and all on one line? If you cut and paste a list from a Web page onto the entry bar, it may have contained a lot of extraneous formatting that LRN can't figure out what to do with--but don't worry. Just click another tab and then click back to force LRN to sort it out.
  • Why are there funny spaces in some of my entries? If you cut and paste a list from a Web page that had lots of tabs, columns, or other attributes that affected spacing, you may need to manually edit the list. Export the list, open it in Notepad (click Start, Programs, and Accessories), and edit the list. If it is filled with tabs and too much trouble to edit in Notepad, open the list in your word processing program (Word, for example) and use the Search and Replace feature to search for a tab (usually represented by ^t) and replace it with a space. After you edit a word list in Word, choose File, Save As, and then select the file type "plain text
  • How do I combine 2 of my word lists? Decide which tab you want to keep and then export the contents of the other one to a file on your desktop--then import that file back into the first tab. To empty out the contents of the tab you no longer need, click that tab to be sure it is the active tab and then choose Delete Current List from the Options menu. It's a good idea to back up all your files before you delete a list--just in case!
  • Why does LRN freeze after importing a list? If you import a long list, LRN needs a few seconds to process the list. If you check the bottom line of LRN it will say how many words are in the current list--if the number of words is continuing to change, it is processing a list and you have to wait for it to finish before moving to a new tab.
  • Why do I have one entry out of alpha order at the top of my list? Check that entry to see if it has a leading space. Highlight it and click the Edit button, then position your cusor in front of the term and press the Backspace key to remove an extra space or a nonprinting character. Then click OK and the entry should return to its normal alpha order. Note that entries that begin with marks of punctuation will sort to the top of the list, e.g., an entry in parentheses. See the Tips and Tricks section for suggestions on dealing with punctuated entries.

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Resizing or finding your program window

  • How come my LRN window takes up the whole screen? In Windows, if you hold your mouse over the button up in the upper right hand corner of your screen between the underscore (_) and the X, it will say Maximize or Restore Down, depending upon whether the window is currently in full screen mode (or maximized) or in the resizable mode. In full screen mode, it takes up the whole screen and you cannot alter the size by trying to drag the edges of the window with your mouse. If you are in the resizable mode, you can alter the size of the window. If you are in resizable mode (you can tell because that button will have a single large square on it instead of two overlapping squares) and the window is taking up your whole screen, it is because you enlarged it at some point and just need to shrink it down manually. Then when you hit the Maximum/Restore Down button, it will toggle between the normal size for LRN and full-screen mode. To shrink down a window, make sure you are in the resizable mode, as I just explained, and then hold your mouse button over one of the corners of the window until it changes to a double ended arrow. Then hold down the left mouse button and drag the corner of the window inward to shrink it down. You can resize a window from any corner or from any of the four sides. Once you've shrunk down the window, you can click the Maximum/Restore Down button to toggle between full screen mode and the more convenient size.
  • Where did my LRN window go? Since LRN commonly sits in the upper right hand corner of your screen, changing your screen resolution to a larger size may push the program window off the viewable part of your screen. If you manually changed your monitor settings, you can set them back and then move LRN to the middle of the screen before resetting them. If you did not manually change your monitor settings (another program can do this without your knowledge) or if resetting them did not bring the LRN program window back into view, first check to make sure that LRN is in fact running by checking for the icon in your Windows desktray (the lower right hand corner of your screen). Now press Ctrl+F12 just to make sure it wasn't just toggled into invisible mode by mistake. If it is running, but you can't see it, you can force it into the visible portion of your screen by changing a setting in the program's INI file. First exit LRN by right clicking on the program icon in your Windows desktray and choosing Quit. (You cannot alter the program settings while the program is running.) Then click Start and choose Run, type c:\Program Files\Red Notebook\rednotebook.ini and then hit enter. This will open up the program's INI file (a settings file). Be careful not to change anything in this file except for this one thing: Right under where it says [Settings], the first entry is Left= and there will be a number after the equals sigh. Carefully change that number to just 1 and then hit File and Save. Now launch LRN again and you'll find the program window over on the left side of your screen. If this did not work, LRN was probably still running and you should again try to exit it. If you make a mistake in the INI file, just close it without saving it and no harm done. If you need help with this, click Help Request from the menu on your left.

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Tab naming and alphabetization

  • How do I rename a tab? Hold your mouse over a tab and click with the right mouse button. This brings up a box where you can type in a new tab name and hit Okay or enter.
  • How come my new tab names disappeared? If you shut down your computer without exiting running programs, including LRN, you can lose data that has not yet been saved. When you enter word lists, they are saved automatically right then, but tab names save when the program closes so be sure to exit the program (choose Quit from the File menu or right click on the icon in your Windows desktray in the right lower corner of your screen and choose Quit). It's generally a good idea to properly close all programs when you shut down your computer, but always remember close LRN after you've renamed your tabs.
  • How can I move from tab to tab without using a mouse? Yes! Set up hot keys and you can move from tab to tab by hitting the Alt key plus the hot key for that tab. Right click on a tab to rename it (even if you already named it something else) and enter an ampersand (the & character) in front of whatever letter you want to be the hot key. It can be the first letter or another letter in the word (if you have more than one tab name that begins with the same letter). When you hit enter, an underline will appear under the letter that followed the ampersand. For example, rename your first tab &Abbr and your second tab &Meds.  Now with LRN open you can hit Alt+A and it activates the first tab and Alt+M and it activates the second tab.  You can actually get in and out of LRN and do everything you want to do without ever hitting the mouse!
  • Can I insert a new tab somewhere? There are 100 tabs and they are set in location (1-100), and while you can rename them, you cannot physically move them around (it's not like a spreadsheet where you can insert columns and rows). You can delete the contents of a tab by choosing Options and Delete Current List while that tab is active. To move several tabs around, you'd want to first export the tabs you want to move so that you have the files ready to import into new locations, then delete the contents of the original tabs. Now you can import your lists into the locations you want them to appear and rename the tabs to go with them.
  • How do I alphabetize my tabs? There is not at this time an automatic alphabetization feature, but we are planning one when we release a new version of LRN. In the meantime, you can manually alphabetize your lists. First back everything up. Then make a second set of backup copies to work with for alphabetizing. Figure out the order you want your tabs to be in and rename each of the tabs accordingly. Then import your backed up lists to their new location, one at a time, choosing Replace instead of Add so that the new contents overwrites the old.

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Working with columns

  • What does the columns setting do? The columns setting allows the contents of your lists to wrap in newspaper style so that you can see more than one column of entries at one time. This feature is part of LRN by default, but it isn't likely that you will need it. Leave this setting at 0 or 1.
  • Why can't I make more than one column in a list? You can make newspaper-style columns, as noted above, that wrap from one column to the next, but you cannot make separate fields horizontally that stay connected. This doesn't prevent you from including more than one type of information in an entry. You can enter a word or phrase and include its abbreviation or any kind of categorical information along with it. It will be readable and searchable. You can separate an entry from a definition, for example, with just a couple of spaces or use hyphens if you need to.

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Printing your word lists

  • Can I print my word lists? Yes, just click print and the contents of the currently selected tab will print.
  • Can I change the formatting in printed lists? Allthough you can't change the formatting for lists printed through the Print command, you can export a first and then open it in your word processor in order to reset the margins, change fonts, or create columns, for example.

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Back it up!

  • How do I back up my word lists onto a CD? In Windows XP, backing up to a CD is fairly easy because CD-making software is built in. Depending upon how your system is set up or if you are using an earlier version of Windows, you may have to back up your files first to a folder and then start your CD-making software. Then you would designate the contents of the folder containing your LRN backups to be included on the CD.
  • How do I back up my lists if I don't have a floppy drive? If your PC doesn't have any removable media on which you can back up your files away from your PC, back up your files to a folder on your PC in another directory. This will at least protect you should you accidentally overwrite one list with another or combine lists you didn't mean to combine. If you use a Web mail account like Yahoo, Gmail, or Hotmail, you should have sufficient storage with these accounts so that you can e-mail yourself a copy of the contents of your backup folder and it will remain stored on your Web mail provider's server.
  • How often should I back up my files? This is an individual preference, but for me I make a backup before and after I am about to spend a lot of time modifying my lists. I do it before just in case I goof up when I'm modifying files. And I do it after because I'd feel awful if something happened to my PC and I lost all that work! For just regular use where I occasionally add new terms, I back up my files once a week onto removable media, e.g., a floppy disk.
  • How do I restore files from a backup? Your backup files are exact copies of the word lists stored in the program, which are located in the c:\Program Files\Red NoteBook directory. You can copy the entire set of backup files into this directory to overwrite what is there or if you just want to restore a single list, open that backup file and import it into the tab it is intended to replace.
  • Why aren't my tab names saved when I restore files from a backup? Tab name information is not automatically backed up but you can save your tab names by making a copy of the file called c:\Program Files\Red NoteBook\RedNoteBook.ini and keeping it in the directory where you store your backup files.

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About word processing programs & spellcheckers

  • Can I use Microsoft Word or WordPerfect (or another program) with LRN? You can use any word processing program you want. Note that LRN is a separate program and does not run inside your word processor, but you can cut and paste entries from LRN into the document you are transcribing or vice versa.
  • How do I use my LRN lists to spellcheck my documents? LRN is not a spellchecker, but if you'd like to dump the terms from your LRN lists into your spellchecker, you can do so by exporting your lists and then opening them in your word processor. Then spellcheck each document, using the option to add unrecognized words as they are highlighted.
  • Can I spellcheck my LRN word lists? You can do this by exporting your lists and then opening them one at a time in your word processor. Spellcheck each list with your medical spellchecker. When a word is unrecognized by the spellchecker, verify it in a reference source before changing it (even the best spellchecker does not contain every word in its database). The import your spellchecked lists back into LRN.

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Tips and tricks for using LRN

  • Can I keep certain entries at the top of a list? If you want to write a note to yourself and keep it at the top of a list, just start it with a number.  For example, if you want to keep a set of instructions or rules that apply to a particular list, number them beginning with 01, 02, 03, etc. Use a leading zero to avoid mingling any entries that begin with a number. If your notes are too long to read in the entry bar, even if you have expanded it (see below), shorten them by eliminating unnecessary verbiage and using abbreviations--and break up longer notes into several shorter ones.
  • Can I search more than one list at a time? If you've created multiple word lists for related topics and want to be able to search all of them simultaneously, you should first give some thought to why you are keeping these related topics in separate lists. Note that LRN gives you two ways to search a list quickly: by typing the first few letters of the word in order to jump to it in the list or to use the Find feature (Ctrl+F) to look for any portion of the entry--even just a few letters from the middle. If you do need to keep separate lists, you can search all of them at once by establishing a separate master list. Just designate a tab as your master list and then import the contents of each of the lists you want to include in your master list. Remember to update your master list from time to time (perhaps weekly) if you are making regular entries to your other lists.
  • Can LRN improve my productivity? LRN can improve your productivity by providing a quick reference resource for frequently used information or for information that is otherwise difficult to find. In addition, if you learn to use Windows hot keys to maneuver in LRN, you'll avoid needing to reach for the mouse, which can interrupt your rhythm.
  • How can I see longer entries without needing to resize the window each time? Enlarge your entry bar by using your mouse to drag down its lower margin until several lines of text can be seen. Then when you highlight a longer entry, you can see its entire contents on the entry bar.
  • How do I work around punctuation that forces an entry to the top of my list? Although you can search for any part of an entry with Ctrl+F, if you are expecting an entry to be in the middle of the list alphabetically, it can be confusing if it appears at the top. Such is the case with one of my entries that says: (201)Tl versus planar angiography. In this case, the parentheses indicate that the 201 should be superscripted, so I could choose to remove them and rely on my memory (but this would still keep the entry near the top of the list as it begins with a number) or convert the entry to Tl-201, which is the alternative way to designate a radioisotope.
  • Are there other uses for LRN that keeping lists of medical terms? We've heard of a number of uses--see some of them described above in the topic on obtaining and formatting word lists. We've had non-MTs use LRN as a contact manager and list organizer. And Dave uses LRN for quick sorting tasks when he is designing software as it is faster than opening up Word to alphabetize a list.
  • Can I send you my favorite tips for using LRN? You bet! Use the Contact Us link and put LRN tip in the subject line. We'll post it right here for others to read!
  • How do I search a list quickly without the mouse? After starting a search (which you can do completely without the mouse), hit F3 to search for the next instance of your search term. You can hit F3 repeatedy until you find what you want.
  • How do I make LRN come on automatically when I start my computer? Add LRN to your Startup menu by grabbing the shortcut icon from Start menu into the Startup dirctory also on your Start menu. To do this, click Start, Programs, and then choose the LRN directory to reveal its contents. Hold down the left mouse button as you hover over the LRN program link and then drag it back onto the main list of programs until you are hovering over the link for Startup. This will reveal the contents of the Startup menu, where you will drag the LRN icon and then let go. If you get it in the wrong place, just grab it again and move it where you want it!

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Receiving e-mail from Horus Development

  • Why aren't you responding to my Help Request? An aggressive spam filter in your e-mail program or used by your Internet service provider (ISP) can block our e-mails to you. If you don't hear from us within 24 hours, e-mail us again and be sure to provide a daytime telephone number where you can be reached. You might also want to check your bulk mail folder or add horusdevelopment.com to your "white list." Talk to your ISP for information about white listing.
  • Can I call you? If you prefer to contact us by phone, let us know by e-mail, and we'll give you a call or provide you with a toll-free number so that you can contact us at your convenience.

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