TheBrain 11 keybindings: adding web-links and images as Thoughts or Attachments

First some prerequisite terms:

active Thought
highlighted Thought

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spaces in Thought name are added for clarity

The active Thought is the Thought, that is centered on the Plex.
It has a red rectangle around it referred to as “Active Thought, outline” around it, as well as a red circle referred to as “Focussed Thought, circle”.
The highlighted Thought is the Thought, that at any given time has the highlighter on it. Right now it is yellow.

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good colors, aren’t they?

Why is this important?
In Preferences>Keybindings we can set keybindings for a “command”.
Many commands can be used on Thoughts.
However, some commands like “Thought>Delete” or “Thought>Create Child will act on the highlighted Thought wheareas the command “Selection>Link Selection as Parents of” will always work on the active Thought.

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and the explanation hint, always refuses to tell you which way it is 😦

If the “highlight circle” isn’t shown, the active Thought is the same as the highlighted Thought.
Since we use the “highlight circle” often, this distinction is very important.

Hint: There is a bit more complexity hidden in the concept of the “active Thought”and there is a reason why it’s not called “Active Thought, circle”, but that matters only for Outline view and will be dealt with in a future blog post.


With that out of the way, we may actually go about doing things.
Today we learn two essential keybindings are “Edit>Paste as New Thought”, which we map to “Ctrl+1” and “Edit>Paste on Item”, which we map to “ctrl+shift+1”.

Edit>Paste as New Thought

Basically this will create a new Thought from the content of your clipboard. If you press ctrl+1 in TheBrain 11, it’ll create a new Child Thought for the currently active Thought.
Always the active Thought, even if there is another highlighted Thought.

URLs:
TheBrain 11 will try to get the website icon and a sensible Thought name (and possibly a label) from the webpage title.

adding a monitor stand I ordered from Amazon

Edit>Paste on Item

Images:
A Thought with the name “Pasted Image” will be created with a png-Attachment, that mirrors your clipboard. The attached image will also be the icon of that Thought. This is often useful, when adding a screensnip as that automatically will load the image into the Windows clipboard.
[insert a screensnip gif of a cute puppy or something]

This is a similar command, it takes an object (an url or an image) from the clipboard and pastes it into TheBrain. Except instead of a new Child Thought it will add it as an Attachment to an already existing Thought, specifically the highlighted Thought.

We can do this for URLs:

adding the order details as an Attachment

And we can also do this for images:

the added image will serve as the icon for my “monitor stand”-Thought

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