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The settings for the appearance and features of the viewer app are stored in each eWriter eBook. You configure them in your project.

Look in the Project Explorer on the left while your project is open and navigate down to Configuration > Publishing Options > eBooks > EWriter eBooks for Windows. There are two tabs of settings, Visual Appearance and Menus and Translation. See the previous topic for the settings in the first tab.

Menus and Translation Settings

The functions in this tab allow you to enable and customize the two types of menus available in the embedded eBook viewer. You can add an application menu to be displayed at the top left corner of the viewer, and a context menu to be displayed when the user right-clicks on an eBook page.



prod_tip       Zoom +/- Keys

In your finished eWriter eBook pressing the CTRL+[Plus] and CTRL+[Minus] keys will zoom the eBook display in and out


Activating and deactivating menus

Select the check boxes above the menu types to include or exclude the menus from your eBook.

Application menu and context (right-click) menu

Application Menu

This is the menu accessed in the top left corner of the eWriter viewer window. If you don't configure it, it appears with "Short Title" as its title.

Context menu (required for disabling copying and printing!)

This is the menu displayed when the user right-clicks in an eWriter book. If you don't activate this the right-click menu of the embedded web browser engine is used.

Disabling copying and printing:
Note that you can only disable copying and printing (see the visual appearance and security settings) if the custom context menu is enabled. The embedded browser's context menu automatically supports copying and printing and this cannot be disabled by the eWriter viewer.

Configuring and customizing menus

Existing menu items: Click in the demo menu to select an item or position in the menu. Then click on the entry type on the right and configure it with the options displayed.

New items: Click in the menu where you want to insert the item and select Add or Insert. Then define the menu type and configure it.

Moving items: Select the item and use the four move buttons to move it around. The < and > buttons are only active for items below submenu items.

Deleting and resetting: The Delete button removes the current item. The Reset button restores all menus to the default settings, deleting any custom menus.

Entry types


A number of standard commands supported by the eBook viewer. They include commands for navigating in the eBook, selecting and copying text, printing pages and closing the eBook.

Page link

A link to a page in your eBook. You can select the page from a drop-down list of all the pages in your source folder.

The field can also be edited manually. This enables you to use this feature when compiling a modular project made up of multiple projects to eWriter. Then you just need to manually enter the topic ID of the topic you want to link to in any of the projects that are going to be published to the eWriter book.

Web link

A link to an external web page.

Enter the full URL, including the http:// prefix.

Pages will open in the eBook viewer or the user's default browser, depending on the setting in the Visual Appearance tab.

Execute external file:

Creates an entry that runs a program or opens an external document. Enter the name and path to the file and any additional execution parameters you wish to use.

Sub-menus and dividers:

These entries create sub-menu headings and dividers to organize your menus. After creating a sub-menu you can move other entries into the sub-menu with the four move buttons (up / down / left / right).


The captions displayed in the menus. Add a an ampersand (&) character before the letter that you want to be active for the keyboard shortcut for the menu option.