Items, Categories, and Notes

orGenta stores information in Items, Categories, and Notes. A Category is usually a single word; the categories are shown in the left side TreeView panel of the software. You can "nest" categories within one another, for example you may have a category called Friends that has categories nested within it called Joe, Sam, and Marsha. You may nest categories to any depth. orGenta is preconfigured with two special categories, TrashCan and Unassigned, but you may add as many other categories as you wish.

An Item is usually a sentence or two describing a tidbit of information you would like to categorize; the items are shown in the right side Grid panel of the software. An Item is placed within the category where you type it as well as in categories that match any of the words within your Item. For example, if you type "Invite Sam and Marsha to the party" then that item will appear under both the Sam and Marsha categories. Items get assigned in the "background": you may not see them applied until the next time that you expand or contract the TreeView.

A Note is usually a long block of text associated with an Item, or sometimes additional information about the item that you don't want automatically categorized. When you click on the Note checkbox, a separate window opens where you may enter the Note text.

To delete an Item click on the area to the left of the row (which highlights the entire row) and then press the Delete key. You will see a question box asking if you want to delete the item from the category or discard it entirely. Items that you discard entirely cannot be recovered (unless you type them in again!). If you choose just to delete the item from the category, orGenta checks to see if the Item is a member of another category as well. If not, it will place the deleted item in the TrashCan.

To delete a Category click on a category in the TreeView and then press the Delete key. After you confirm the deletion, orGenta checks all of the Items that were previously in that category; it places items in the TrashCan if they don't have a parent in another category.