When you open a library file, such as a PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or image, that file will be displayed in a viewer that has a powerful toolbar (red box below).

The document viewer and its toolbar.

Let's take a closer look at the toolbar.

The file viewer toolbar.

At the top, on the far right, is an X which can be used to close the file viewer and file.
Below that is the toolbar proper.


The three colorized tools are iDoRecall's (iDR) recall creation tools. You use these tools to create recalls that will be linked to areas of interest in the file. These tools are full in another help article.

The recall creation tools.

Just to the right of the recall creation tools is the iDR metacognition widget launcher. We have an article devoted to this widget, but as a teaser, if you click it, you will see something like this...

The metacognition widget.

The magnifying glass is the next tool to the right. You can use this to search for words or phrases in the file and then click to jump to those locations.

Click the magnifying glass to search the file.

If you click the comments icon, a list of all linked recalls and other annotations you've made will be displayed. You can click here to jump to each of your linked recalls in the file. The list is searchable and sortable.

The comments tool.

On the far left of the toolbar is an icon to open a left side panel. There are three tabbed sections in the panel. The leftmost one displays thumbnail images of all of the pages in the file. You can scroll the thumbnails and click one to jump to that file location in the viewer.

The launcher for the left side panel with the thumbnail viewer opened.

The middle tabbed section will reveal any available outlines that are embedded in your file.

This file has no outlines.

The rightmost tabbed panel enables you to create bookmarks in your file that you can click and jump to.

You can create bookmarks.


The next tool on the toolbar expands the file viewer to the full width of the browser tab. You can still expand the tab to true full-screen view if you like by doing that action with your browser.

Full width view.

Click that tool to toggle back and forth between normal and fullwidth view. If you click to create a recall while in fullwidth view, the file viewer will automatically revert to normal view to accommodate the opening of the recall creation form. After you save or cancel the form, the fullwidth view will automatically resume.


Next are a robust set of view controls.

The view controls are opened.


Just to the right of the viewer controls are the standard tools for zooming and panning.

The zoom  and pan controls.

The select tool is extremely useful and can be used to select text in your document.

The very useful select tool.

Click your selection in the file viewer and a submenu of available tools will be presented in a popup. The tool in the popup, surrounded by a dashed red box, copies selected text to your clipboard that you can then paste into a linked recall that you are crafting.


The final toolbar item we'll discuss in the toolbar toolset control which
by default is set to View.

The toolbar by default is set to View.

If you switch to Annotate, a sub-toolbar appears below the main toolbar with a suite of useful annotation tools.

the annotation tools shown by changing the toolset to Annotate

If you switch to the Shapes toolset, you get access to a host of shapes and drawing tools.

The shapes tools.

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