Edit Menu Commands

The Edit menu offers the following commands:

New Alarm Creates a new alarm.
New Alarm Using Creates a new alarm from a template.
New Template Toggles whether the selected alarm is a template.
Set Default Template Sets the selected template to be the default template.
Cut Cuts the selected alarms to the clipboard.
Copy Copies the selected alarms to the clipboard.
Paste Pastes the contents of the clipboard into the current alarm file.
Delete Deletes the selected alarm.
Rename Prompts you to rename the selected alarm.
Properties Prompts you to modify the selected alarm.
Find Finds the alarm with the text you specify in either its name or message.
Find Next Finds the next alarm which contains the specified text.
Select All Selects all of the alarms in the list.
Skip Event Skips the next event and decrements the remaining number of intervals, if appropriate.
Test "Tests" the alarm by displaying the event window and performing any specified action(s).
Cancel Snooze If the selected alarm is snoozing, this cancels the snooze—it will not go off

New Alarm

This command prompts you to create a new alarm using the default alarm template (if any) for the default settings. An alarm must have a name, a time, and a date. The time defaults to the current time, and the date defaults to the current date.

Shortcut: F9

New Alarm Using

This command creates a new alarm based on the selected alarm or alarm template. The time defaults to the current time, and the date defaults to today. The other options are set to the same values as the selected alarm.

New Template

This command creates a new alarm template. Templates do not have events. They are used by the New Alarm Using command to create new alarms with pre-defined settings. The only settings that have no effect are the date/time on the General information page. These are always initialized when a new alarm is created from a template.

You can also copy an existing template. Once you have a template, you can modify any of its settings and when you create a new alarm with the New Alarm Using command and select that template, the new alarm will have all of those same settings—other than the date/time.

There is a maximum of 50 templates.

Set Default Template

This command is active when the currently selected alarm is a template. It sets the selected alarm as the default template. Alarm++ uses this template when you create an alarm with the New Alarm command or by double-clicking on the tray icon.

Alarm Properties

The alarm's date and time information are displayed according to the time and long date formats that you set in the Windows® Control Panel International section.

Each alarm has these property pages:

General specify the alarm's name, message, initial snooze interval, expiration, and more
Repeat specify how many events the alarm has or how long it will be active
Advanced constrain the alarm to only go off on certain weekdays, months, weeks, etc.
Sound specify a speaker tone or sound file to play when the alarm goes off
Window specify the event's window size, position, or transparency
Application run an application, script, or some other action
Mail send an e-mail message

Cut

This command cuts the selected alarm. This action can be undone by pasting the alarm back into the alarm file.

If the alarm is snoozing, the application asks you to confirm the operation.

You can also use drag and drop to move or copy alarms from one alarm file to another. You can do this by running more than one instance of Alarm++ and opening two different files in those instances.

After you have cut the alarm(s), you can paste them into another instance of Alarm++—into another alarm file. You can also paste them into any application which accepts XML. This provides a textual display of the alarm's settings. Since the file format is XML, you can use any XML tools to process the file.

Shortcut: Ctrl+X

Copy

This command copies the selected alarm. This action does not modify the alarm file.

You can also use drag and drop to move or copy alarms from one alarm file to another. You can do this by running more than one instance of Alarm++ and opening two different files in those instances.

After you have copied the alarm(s), you can paste them into another Alarm++ file.

You can also copy/paste alarms into any application that accepts text, such as Excel or Word or even Notepad. This provides a textual display of the alarm's settings. You can also paste them into any application which accepts XML. This provides a textual display of the alarm's settings. Since the file format is XML, you can use any XML tools to process the file.

Shortcut: Ctrl+C

Paste

This command pastes any alarms on the clipboard into the current alarm file. This action can be undone by deleting the alarms from the alarm file. You can paste the clipboard contents as many times as you want.

You can also use drag and drop to move or copy alarms from one alarm file to another.

Shortcut: Ctrl+P

Delete

This command deletes the selected alarm. This action cannot be undone.

If you are deleting multiple alarms, you can click the "Yes to All" button to avoid confirming each delete and to delete them all. You can also cancel the operation by clicking Cancel.

If the alarm is snoozing, the application asks you to confirm the operation.

Shortcut: DEL

Rename

This command renames the selected alarm.

Shortcut: F2

Properties

This command changes the settings for the selected alarm.

Shortcut: Alt+Enter or Enter

Find

This command searches the list of alarms, starting with the current selection, for the first alarm which contains the specified text. It searches both the alarm's name and message for the text. You can specify whether or not the search is case-sensitive and whether or not it proceeds up or down the list.

Shortcut: Ctrl+F

Find Next

This command searches the list of alarms for the next match. It continues the search in the direction you specified in the Find dialog.

Shortcut: F3

Select All

This command selects all of the alarms in the list.

Shortcut: Ctrl+A

Skip Event

This command skips the next event of the selected alarm. It also decrements the remaining number of events (unless it repeats forever).

You might want to use this if a meeting has been canceled, or if you have already remembered to buy that birthday present, etc.

You might want to use this in addition to the Test command to run an application if you want to do it early, before the event goes off. (For example, if you want to work on that status report early, you can test the alarm to open the status report and then skip the next event.)

Shortcut: Ctrl+K

Test

This command "tests" an alarm, to set it off early. It does not affect the remaining number of events.

You might want to use this to make certain it works (e.g., sending e-mail or visiting a web site), or if you want to run the associated application early.

Use it in addition to the Skip Event command to run an application if you have time to do it early, before the event goes off. (For example, if you want to work on that status report before the last minute.)

Shortcut: Ctrl+T

Cancel Snooze

This command cancels the snooze of an alarm that's snoozing. It does not affect any events.

You might want to do this in cases similar to Skip Event where you have completed whatever the alarm was snoozing for and don't want to be reminded again.