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Can Word open documents created with Jarte?

Yes. Jarte uses the WordPad word processing engine to create files. Files created with the WordPad engine are compatible with all versions of Word.


Can Jarte open documents created with Word?

Yes. Jarte can open files created with Word, including files created with Word 2007. However, the WordPad word processing engine Jarte is based on does not support the full range of fancy formatting available in Word. Therefore, some Word documents may appear without some of the fancier formatting that they might appear with in Word.


I corrupted/deleted a file I was working on. Is there any way to recover it?

First, check to see if the file is in the Windows Recycle Bin, if so, then you can restore it from there. If Jarte's document backup feature is turned on then you should be able to recover the document from Jarte's backup folder. If all else fails try the Pandora Recovery tool (they have a free version).


How do I associate RTF, DOC, DOCX, and TXT files to Jarte so those files always open in Jarte whenever I double click them?

See Jarte's file association settings.


Jarte's text looks fuzzy. How do I fix that?

If your computer has a high resolution monitor then text may appear slightly fuzzy in Jarte's editing pane when running on Windows 8 or above. You can fix that by following these steps:

Use the Windows File Explorer to navigate to the Jarte program folder (usually at C:\Program Files (x86)\Jarte)
Right click the Jarte program file and select Properties from the pop-up menu
Select the Compatibility tab
Enable setting Override high DPI scaling behavior
Ensure Scaling performed by is set to Application
Restart Jarte

Note that Jarte's interface controls will likely appear smaller after making this change, but the text in the editing pane will be nice and crisp.


Can I use Jarte to print envelopes and labels?

Yes. Ready made envelope and label sheet templates can be found on the Jarte templates page. You can also create your own envelope document by following these steps:

Start a new document for the envelope.
Enter the "return" and "to" addresses as you would like them to appear on the envelope. You will probably want to use paragraph indent to properly position the "to" address.
Bring up the Print window and select the appropriate envelope size using the Printer Settings button. You may also want to reduce the left and top print margins to better fit the "from" address into the upper left corner of the envelope.
Use Print Preview to ensure everything is properly positioned.
You may want to save your envelope file as a template to make subsequent envelope printing quick and easy.

If you are creating a mailing list:

You can enter more addresses into the document by copying the first to/from address set and pasting it at the end. Simply change the "to" portion of each new address as required. Be sure to insert a page break between each set of addresses so they will print on separate envelopes when the list is printed.
Any future changes to the return address can be easily made using Jarte's Replace All function.


How can I reopen a document so that it automatically positions the text caret at its last known point?

The easiest way to do this is to simply set a bookmark at the point you wish to return to before closing the file. When you reopen the file later just click the Next Bookmark button, or press the F2 key, to jump to the desired position.

Jarte Plus can automatically jump to the first or last bookmark in a document when you open it. See advanced setting Open to Bookmark for more information.

Note that plain text files can not record bookmark information. However, Jarte will remember the bookmarks for a plain text file as long as the file remains in the Recent Files list or the Favorite Files list.

If the Always Reopen Last Session option is turned on in the Recent Files list then Jarte automatically reopens the open files from your previous Jarte session. In addition, Jarte scrolls to where the text cursor was located at the time the file was closed in the previous session.


How can I create a horizontal line?

An easy method for creating a horizontal line is to start with a new blank line, select the Font > More Font Styles > Strikeout font style, and use the Tab key to create a line of the desired width. The tab character is invisible but the strikeout line is still displayed, so the result is a nice, solid horizontal line. It may also be desirable to select Paragraph > Center to center the line's horizontal position on the page.

For another idea on creating a divider line that is a little fancier than a simple line, take a look at the divider line used in Jarte's "About" file (go to Help > About).


How do I export a document as PDF?

Jarte can export to PDF with the help of a PDF creator utility program. PrimoPDF is a popular, free PDF creator recommended for this purpose.


How do I change Jarte's default font?

Click here for more information.


How do I specify the initial folder Jarte uses for "Open"?

See advanced setting Default Initial Folder.


How can I print my document with page numbers?

You can define a header or footer line that will appear on your document when it is printed. The header or footer line can include a page number.


How do I apply a watermark to my printed documents?

It is sometimes desirable to watermark the pages of a document as "Draft", "Confidential", etc. Although Jarte does not provide direct support for watermarking, many printers supply this feature as part of their printer properties. Click on the Printer Settings button in Jarte's Print window. The Properties window that appears varies depending on your brand and model of printer. Look through the available options in the printer's Properties window and you may see a watermarking option you can use for your documents.


How do I convert my WordPerfect, Microsoft Works, or other document so Jarte can open it?

If you still have the word processor that was used to create the document then open the document in the word processor and use Save As to save the document in RTF format. You will then be able to open the RTF document in Jarte.


How do I create a plain text document?

You can change a new or existing rich text document to plain text simply clicking the Format Indicator button in the status bar. A pop-up menu will appear that allows you to decide whether the current document is rich text or plain text.


Can I change the order of the document tabs?

Yes. Simply drag-and-drop a tab to the desired position. You can also right click in the tabs area to display a pop-up menu that provides choices for positioning the current tab as well as sorting the tabs.


Are spell check dictionaries in other languages available for Jarte?

Wintertree Software sells spelling dictionaries in additional languages, however, they are very expensive. Hopefully, Jarte will include a larger selection of spelling dictionaries in the future.

Alternatively, you may be able to find a DIC word list file for your language on the Internet. If so, download the file and then drag-n-drop it on the Jarte program. Jarte will then treat the DIC file as a supplementary spelling dictionary. More information can be found here.


Why are the Print, Print Preview, and Page Count features disabled?

Jarte was unable to find a default printer on your computer.  More information can be found here.


Why are most of Jarte's text formatting tools disabled?

You are probably editing a plain text document. Plain text documents can not record text formatting. The status bar's format indicator displays a when a plain text document is being edited.


Why Are My Settings Changes Sometimes Not Saved?

Jarte saves any settings changes you've made when you close Jarte. However, if you have multiple instances of Jarte running then only the settings changes of the last running instance will be saved. See Multiple Instances of Jarte and Settings Changes for more information, including how to disable multiple instances.


Does Jarte support footnotes?

Jarte does not support footnotes at this time, but the feature is planned for a future release. Meanwhile, the workaround is to use endnotes instead. Use a superscript number to denote a reference to an endnote in the text. Append endnotes to the end of the document. Insert a page break before the first endnote to ensure the document's endnote section always begins on a new page when printed.


Does Jarte support multiple columns?

Jarte does not support multiple columns because the WordPad engine Jarte is based on does not currently provide a method implementing that feature. A workaround for the use of columns is to create a table with a single tall row and the desired number of columns. The table borders can be hidden by coloring them white. This workaround is not the same as true columns and is best suited for one page documents.


Does Jarte support the full Unicode character set?

No, Jarte only supports ANSI characters.


How do I know if I am using the latest version of Jarte?

Go to Help > Check for Updates, or click the version number in Jarte's About panel. The best way to stay notified of the availability of new versions of Jarte is to enable Jarte's Automatically Check for Updates option. You can also subscribe to the Jarte news page's RSS feed.


Can I download this Help document to my computer?

Yes, you can download this Help document as a standard Microsoft Help file. If you place the Help file in the Jarte program folder than Jarte will automatically use the Help file instead of the online Help.


How do I export my Jarte settings and import them into a new computer?

First, start Jarte on the old computer and go to Help > System Information > Data Folder. Copy folder Data and all of its contents to a USB flash drive or cloud drive. Ensure Jarte is not running on the new computer. Access the flash drive or cloud drive on the new computer and copy the Data folder and its contents to the location corresponding to its location on the old computer.


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