Main Window And Global Floating Layer

THORN has a different and relatively more complex interface logic level than any other writing software, so understanding the interface design level of THORN can help you use it more efficiently.

Main Window

The main interface is the window you enter after opening THRON, and the hierarchical logic of the main window is explained in detail below.

As you can see in the figure above, you only need to remember that the spatial hierarchy of the THORN main window has two layers on the Z-axis

  1. Top level (part numbered 1 in the diagram): overview floating layer, providing functions such as switching space management, service area management and data synchronization management

  2. Bottom left (the part with the number 2 in the figure): list view for managing and organizing articles

  3. Bottom right (part numbered 3 in the figure): edit view, for editing article content

How to open and close the overview floating layer

How to enter edit view

In list view, you can enter edit view by creating a new post, clicking the → button in the upper left corner, or double-clicking on any post in any list view to the right.

How to exit the edit view

You can return to the list view by clicking the ← button in the upper left corner or by clicking the hot zone on the left edge of the edit view.

Global Floating Layers

If you have multiple monitors connected and each monitor has multiple desktops, the THORN main window must be located in a specific desktop of one of your specific monitors.

If you have two windows (A and B) open, assume that the main THORN window is in window A and you are currently browsing the web in window B. If you want to go back to THORN to edit, you must first switch back to window A. When you are done editing, you need to switch back to window B to continue browsing the web.

Even if you can open a separate article editing window and put it in Window B, this separate editing window will still take up some space in Window B, making it impossible for you to view the page in full screen.

So, how can you solve this problem, by opening a new full-screen area (global floating layer), which, as the name suggests, is not located on a specific desktop, but on all desktops, and you can open and close the global floating layer at any time with a shortcut.

This way, you can open the global floating layer at any time on any desktop on any monitor with a shortcut, without having to switch back and forth between monitors and desktops.

Be sure to remember that the global floating layer is controlled by the following shortcut keys.


  • Open:Command + Esc

  • Close:Esc


  • Open :Alt + Esc

  • Close: Esc

Please see the video demonstration.

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