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  1. Getting Started
  2. Doctor Drafts Cheat Sheet
  3. The Tip of the Iceberg

Getting Started

Once you have installed Doctor Drafts, you are ready to start using it, but where to start? This section on basic use covers a lot of the built in use-cases for what you can use Doctor Drafts for. There’s quite a bit it can do out-of-the-box, but it is very easy to use, and you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Doctor Drafts Cheat Sheet

By default, Doctor drafts only uses keywords for user triggering of the basic workflow actions. The table below lists out the available keywords along with links to the pages that provide further detail about that particular functionality.

Keyword Function More Information
drnew Create a new draft in the background Creating Drafts
dropennew Create a new draft and open it in the foreground Creating Drafts
drfind Search for drafts containing some text and select one to open Searching Drafts
drtitle Search for drafts with a title containing some text and select one to open Searching Drafts
drsearch Open a populated search in Drafts Searching Drafts
drqsearch Open a populated quick search in Drafts Searching Drafts
dractionsearch Open a populated action search in Drafts Searching Drafts
drcopy Search for drafts containing some text and select one to copy its content to the clipboard Copy Drafts Information
drpaste Search for drafts containing some text and select one to paste its content at the current cursor position Copy Drafts Information
drurl Search for drafts containing some text and select one to copy a URL to open it to the clipboard Copy Drafts Information
drredir Search for drafts containing some text and select one to copy a redirect URL to open it to the clipboard Copy Drafts Information
drapp Enter some text to append to a draft, and then select the draft to append to by searching for ones containing some text and selecting the one you want Insert into Existing Draft
drpre Enter some text to prepend to a draft, and then select the draft to prepend to by searching for ones containing some text and selecting the one you want Insert into Existing Draft
drdict Open drafts and run dictation to start capturing content for a new draft Dictate to New Draft
drws Open a workspace by name Open Workspace
drdoc Find a page in the Drafts documentation, open it, copy its URL, or copy its Markdown link Online and Local Information
drdir Find a page in the Drafts directory, open it, copy its URL, or copy its Markdown link Online and Local Information
drfor Find a page in the Drafts forum, open it, copy its URL, or copy its Markdown link Online and Local Information
drscr Find a page in the Drafts scripting documentation, open it, copy its URL, or copy its Markdown link Online and Local Information
drtad Find a page in the ThoughtAsylum Drafts Library documentation, open it, copy its URL, or copy its Markdown link Online and Local Information
drsfor Search the official Drafts forum Online and Local Information
drqref Select a quick reference information file to view Online and Local Information
drqrlnk View the Drafts links quick reference information Online and Local Information
drqrsr View the Drafts search quick reference information Online and Local Information
drqrdt View the Drafts date time formatting (strftime) quick reference information Online and Local Information
drtt View the Drafts template tags quick reference information Online and Local Information
drhelp Open the Doctor Drafts web site in the default browser Online and Local Information
drinfo Select from a list of online sources for Drafts to search in Online and Local Information
drdiag Run a self diagnostic report Online and Local Information
drstor Run a Drafts storage utilisation report Online and Local Information
drfeedback Open an e-mail populated for feedback on the Drafts app App Feedback
drbeta Download and install the latest version of the Drafts app (beta version) for Mac Update the Beta App
drmail Open an e-mail populated for feedback on the Drafts beta Beta App Feedback
drnoise Toggle the Doctor Drafts setting for using an audible notification on action completion Changing Workflow Settings
drnotify Toggle the Doctor Drafts setting for using a visual notification on action completion Changing Workflow Settings
drwfu Check for a new version of Doctor Drafts workflow Changing Workflow Settings
dr Select from a list of built-in Doctor Drafts actions to trigger Master list

The Tip of the Iceberg

Once you have mastered the basics, do take a look through the Extended Use section starting with Beyond the Basics. Doctor Drafts is built in such a way that you can extend the functionality and tailor it to your own needs without much effort, and without any modification to the Doctor Drafts workflow.

  • Want to build your own daily logger? - no problem, Doctor Drafts can do all the heavy lifting for you.
  • Want to build a quick access scratch pad in drafts? - Paging Doctor Drafts for a consult.
  • Want to assign a hot key or your own keyword to something? - Doctor Drafts has got you covered.
  • Want to run a Drafts action when you add an item to a running list draft? - Doctor Drafts to the rescue.
  • Want to have a draft automatically populated with your greatest ideas? - Doctor Drafts can probably help, but there are limits 😉