LIS 677 - Cindex introduction

To run Cindex on the FIMS LAN, run s:\people\faculty\craven\cindex\cindex.exe. Note that this is a demonstration version: it allows no more than 100 records.

More help is available in Cindex by selecting "Help|Help Topics".

Main Cindex window

To create a new index, select "File|New" (Ctrl-N), select the directory in which you wish to store the index, type in the name of your index, and click on "Save". If "File of type:" is set to "Index (*.cdx)", the extension ".cdx" will be supplied automatically.

To open an index created during an earlier session, select "File|Open" (Ctrl-O).

To exit Cindex, select "File|Exit".

If Cindex crashes while you are using it, your index will probably still be all right. Try rerunning Cindex and reopening the index.

To add a new record or records to your index, select "Edit|New Record" (Ctrl-K). Cindex will display a record editing dialog, described further below.

To delete a record or records from your index, click on the record in the index display window to highlight it and select "Edit|Deleted" (Ctrl-D).

To restore a deleted record, first select "View|Unformatted", then click on the record (marked with an "x"), and select "Edit|Deleted". To return to the default, draft view, select "View|Draft Format"

To edit an old record, click on the record and select "Edit|Edit Record" (Ctrl-E).

To change the sorting of your index, select "Tools|Sort...". To sort by the locator field, select the "Fields" tab in the "Sort" dialog and drag the field (by default labeled "+ Page") to the top of the list.

To display only records containing a particular string of characters, select "Edit|Find" (Ctrl-F), type the character string in the "Find" dialog, and click on "Find All". To restore the full index display, select "View|All Records".

To print your index, select "View|Full Format" (Ctrl-H), select "File|Print", select the printer that you want in the "Print" dialog, and click on "OK".

To change the formatting of your index, select from the "Document" menu. The meaning of most settings is self-explanatory. In the "Headers and Footers" and "Grouping Entries" dialogs, "@" specifies date plus time, "#" page number, and "%" the index's name. The "Styled Strings" dialog allows you to specify words that will automatically be formatted in certain ways. The "Record Structure" dialog allows you to change the maximum number of characters per record (which is 100 by default). In the "Reference Syntax" dialog, a "Greatest Range" value of 0 (the default) means that there is no restriction on how many pages can be covered by a page range; the "Lead" value is a list of words that can mark cross-references; the "General" value gives words that begin general cross-references (which do not point to specific headings).

The record editing dialog

When you are using the record editing dialog, the first field presented is the heading, and the last field is the locator. Additional fields for a subheading, subsubheading, and so on, may be presented between these.

The locator field may contain either an actual locator or a cross-reference.

To move between fields, press the up or down arrow key.

To insert a field, press the Enter key; for example, to insert a subheading field, position the cursor at the end of the heading field and press Enter.

To move on to the next record, press the Page Down key; to move back to the previous record, press Page Up. To begin a new record as a copy of the current record, press Shift-Page Down.

To copy one field from the previous record, hold down the Ctrl key and press the number of the field; for example, to copy the previous heading, use Ctrl-1. To copy the locator from the previous record, use Ctrl-0.

To exchange a field's value with the field that follows, position the cursor on the field and click on the "Flip Capitalized" or "Flip Uncapitalized" button (the keyboard shortcuts for these buttons do not appear to work reliably).

To mark text as to be used in sorting but not to be printed, enclose it in braces ("{...}"). To mark text as to be printed but not used in sorting, enclose it in angle brackets ("<..>").

To mark text as to be printed bold, italic, or underlined, select the text and click on the "B", "I", or "U" button.

To leave the record editing dialog and return to the main Cindex window, press the Esc key.


Last updated January 18, 2005.
This page maintained by Prof. Tim Craven
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Faculty of Information and Media Studies
University of Western Ontario,
London, Ontario
Canada, N6A 5B7