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Tweaking Your Settings

3rd May 2021 at 8:50pm

If you've been following along so far, you should be looking at a GettingStarted tiddler in your new wiki. Let's take a few minutes to personalize it so you have somewhere comfortable to work while you do the exercises in this book.

Start by setting the title and subtitle to something interesting in the GettingStarted tiddler. You'll see them change immediately at the top of the sidebar as you do.

You may also wish to click the “retain story ordering” button, if only because this means you don't have to decide what tiddlers to open when you start the wiki. With this option on, anytime you start up the wiki, any tiddlers you had open when you closed it down will be reopened.

Close out of GettingStarted and click the gear icon on the page toolbar to open the control panel. There are a lot of settings available here, and many of them are interesting, but once you get familiar with TiddlyWiki, they are mostly self-explanatory. Thus, we'll look at a handful that will improve our initial experience, and once you've gotten the hang of TiddlyWiki, you can come back and explore the other options.

Info tab

Animation duration
Maybe I'm just an impatient person, but I find that dragging animations out over 400 ms (almost half a second) makes my wiki feel really laggy. If you decrease it too far, though, you'll get vertigo; I find 200–250 is a nice compromise. To test values, create a new tiddler using the add button on the page toolbar, then close the new tiddler with the cancel button in its upper-right, and observe the speed and subjective experience of watching it open and close. Rinse and repeat until you find something comfortable.

Appearance tab

Palette tab
Pick a color scheme you like. I like to give each of my wikis a different one so I can quickly tell them apart if I have several open at once.
Toolbars tab/View Toolbar
Tick the box next to info. The info button is really useful, and if it's hidden in the “more” menu when you're starting out, you may not remember it's even there!
Theme Tweaks tab
If you have a large screen, you'll likely want to increase the amount of space allocated to the story river compared to the sidebar, or most of the space on your screen will be wasted. The easiest way is to change Sidebar layout to Fluid story, fixed sidebar. Unfortunately, this often makes the story river too wide (extremely long lines are much harder to read), so you may want to increase the Sidebar width as well to compensate.

Settings tab

Camel Case Wiki Links
It's worth calling this one out even though we don't need to change the setting for now, because it's very divisive. If you don't want text RunTogetherLikeThis to automatically become links, switch this setting off. There are advantages and disadvantages to both settings, and I use both settings in different wikis. See the CamelCase appendix for details. Because I generally like camel-case for personal notes, we'll leave it on for this series.


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