Element parameters

Items, Topics and Concepts

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

SuperMemo: The Element 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 value).
  2. Moving the element to another concept group (open the dialog, choose another concept group in the Group drop-down menu, and click OK)
  3. Changing the element's template when moving to another concept group. 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 value).
  7. Adding a comment (type it in the Comment field)
  8. Viewing the details of difficulty estimation for a given element (click Difficulty). This option is also available by right-clicking of the Element data window and choosing Difficulty from the context menu.


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

SuperMemo: The Task tab of the Element parameters dialog box

The Task tab includes the following task parameters (this tab is invisible for all remaining element types):