Element parameters dialog box

Items and Topics

If you choose Edit : Edit parameters on the element menu, or press Shift+Ctrl+P, a dialog box with the following parameters will open:

SuperMemo: Item/Topic tab in the Element parameters dialog box

You are most likely to use the element parameters dialog box in the following circumstances (sorted by importance):

  1. Changing element's forgetting index (open the dialog, press Alt+F, and type in the new forgetting index). You can also change individual forgetting indices by editing them in the element data window.
  2. Moving the element to another category (open the dialog, choose another category in the Category field, and click OK)
  3. Changing the element template when moving to another category. If you only want to change the template of the element, it is faster to use Apply template (Shift+Ctrl+M)
  4. Changing element's priority. More often though, you are likely to use Alt+P to change element's priority by percent or by position
  5. Changing element's A-Factor in incremental reading. Set A-Factor to 1.01 if you want your article to come up often in incremental reading (you can use 0 to make SuperMemo choose lowest possible value). Set A-Factor to 1.5 or more if the article is of lower priority. You can also change A-Factor in topics without opening this dialog with Shift+Ctrl+Up arrow or Shift+Ctrl+Down arrow
  6. Changing element's ordinal (open the dialog, press Alt+O, and type in the new ordinal). You can also change individual ordinals by editing them in the element data window
  7. Adding a comment (type it in the Comment field)
  8. Viewing the details of difficulty estimation for a given element (click Difficulty)


Elements that are tasks have the Task tab enabled in the element parameters dialog box:

SuperMemo: Task tab in the Element parameters dialog box

The Task page includes the following task parameters (this page is inactive for items and topics):