Tutorial: Taking Notes Using Background Text

You can use the Gene Inspector notebook to keep track of analyses and experimental details just as you would use a regular lab notebook.

  1. Open the notebook you saved in Tutorial 7: Aligning Analysis Objects. Click in the background white area outside the output objects and begin typing. You should see text appear in the background in the first available free space. The background text flows around objects and can be used to describe and track experiments within the GI Notebook. It can also be used to discuss analysis results. Type in some descriptive text in this notebook. You can generate several pages of text quickly by typing in a paragraph and then copying and pasting this paragraph back into the notebook.
  2. Choose Notebook Display Set Display Preferences.. . You will see Figure 30. This allows you to specify the way different boundaries are indicated on the GI Notebook page. Set colors for the text border and for the printable area border by pressing the Set button next to the item to be set. These borders will let you see how items are placed on the notebook sheet relative to the borders.
    Figure 30: Set Display Preferences

  3. Select an output object and choose Notebook Get Info… . This provides you with information about the particular object. You can enter comments here that you might like to refer back to in the future. Close the Get Info window.
  4. While one of the objects is still selected, look at the Notebook Text Flow submenu. By choosing one of the items from this submenu, it is possible to specify how the background text will flow around or through the selected object(s). Try a few of the options and move the object around on the notebook page to see how the text flows around (or through) the object.
  5. Save the notebook by choosing File Save . You will need the notebook to continue with Tutorial 10: Creating and Using Style Sheets.

This concludes this tutorial. You may quit or continue on to the next tutorial.

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