The Basics


Web Publishing


Dynamic Content



Managing Links, Pages, and Importing

VoodooPad on your iOS Devices

Security and Privacy


Welcome to VoodooPad!

VoodooPad is a simple and elegant Mac application that extends the concept behind a wiki to your desktop and puts you in control. That is a great explanation if you have actively contributed to a wiki. If you have not contributed to a wiki, or do not know what a wiki is, then read on to get started and comfortable with VoodooPad's features. If you have contributed to a wiki, you might still want to skim through this documentation to discover the many ways in which having a wiki on your desktop can help you painlessly organize your mind and life!

VoodooPad's Start Page

When you create a new VoodooPad document (with the File ▸ New Document… menu item), you will be greeted by this window:


It contains a description of what VoodooPad is all about. If you've read it before, feel free to delete and start working. Don't worry about losing the description, it will appear every time you create a new document.

VoodooPad's Windows

VoodooPad has 3 basic sections: the work area, the toolbar, and the palette. The following introductions will help you in navigating and finding each section's usefulness.

The Work Area

The place where you do your typing is called the work area and it is relatively straight forward. It should look like just about every other text editor you have used.


The work area can be enlarged in a few ways:

You can click and drag on the bottom right corner of the window to adjust it however you see fit. You can click the upper rightmost arrows in the toolbar to enter full screen mode, or you can choose View ▸ Full Screen. In the top left hand corner you can click on the green button to make the work area as big as the screen.

The Toolbar

VoodooPad's toolbar provides you with quick access to many useful features in VoodooPad. Most of these features can also be accessed from the menu, palette, or with keyboard shortcuts.


The Palette

VoodooPad offers a unified palette. All the information you need about your document is organized into one easy place. The palette is designed to be there for you. If you want, you can move it, resize it, or make as many of them as you want.


Making a New Palette

To create a new palette choose Window ▸ New Palette. If your palettes have become messy, you can gather them up by choosing Window ▸ Gather Palettes.

Hiding the Palette List

By clicking and dragging from the left edge of the palette list you can shrink, expand, or get rid of the list. This is great when screen real estate is low.


You can hide or display the palettes by choosing Window ▸ Palettes ▸ Hide Palettes/Show Palettes or by clicking on the 'Palettes' toolbar button.

Viewing Pages

There are three different options for how you can view your pages in VoodooPad. Go to VoodooPad ▸ Preferences ▸ Tab. The Tab Preference manages how new pages are opened in your workspace. When clicking a page link you can choose to view it:

The back and forward navigation buttons are only enabled when the preference for opening links "In Same View" is set under "Tab Preferences". VoodooPad behaves just like a web browser in this regard. If you open a page in a new window or tab, then there is no back / forward history associated with it.

One way to open a new tab without changing your preferences is to use the Go ▸ Open Page menu item (⌘⇧O) and you will get a little sheet where you can type the page you want to open (with autocomplete). You can also open up a new tab by holding down the command key and clicking on a link. This shortcut may be different depending on what you have set in the Tab Preferences. To find out what shortcuts apply to your preference, open up the Tab preferences window.

If you are using tabs, you can control-click (or right click) on a tab in the tab bar to bring up a contextual menu. You will be presented with the options to close the tab, close all other tabs, or open the tab in a new window.


If your mouse contains a middle button, clicking on a page link with the middle button will open the page in a new tab.