The Universalis program has two main screens to it.
The text screen shows the text of the page you want. It is described below.
The calendar screen shows the calendar, listing days, dates and feasts. Read about it here.
This shows a page of text with some controls at the top.
The screen starts off at a standard width that doesn't make the text too wide to read. If you want to make it wider, drag its right-hand edge to the right just as you would with any other window.
The button at the top left opens the menu. See below for details.
The left and right buttons move you back and forward by one day. Clicking the numbered button in the middle takes you to the calendar screen.
The button at the top right shows you the name of the current page and lets you move from one page to another.
Here and there in some of the pages, you will see a pale blue arrow on the right-hand side. These arrows let you choose among various options within the page.
Universalis tries to be intelligent in remembering your choice. For instance, if you chose to have the Invitatory Psalm at Morning Prayer today, it will show it to you at Morning Prayer again tomorrow. Of course, if it has guessed wrong, you can use the blue arrow to correct it.
To open the menu, press the F2 key or click on the downward-pointing triangle at the top left of the Universalis window. It looks like this:
You can choose which font type and font size you want Universalis to use.
There is a General Calendar, shared by the whole Church, and then there are local calendars which have saints and celebrations of more local interest. For example, Saint Benedict is celebrated with a memorial in the universal Church but with a feast in Europe, while Saint Willibrord, who isn't in the General Calendar at all, is celebrated with an optional memorial in some English dioceses and a solemnity in the Netherlands.
Not all local calendars are included in Universalis, but an increasing number are. Pick the one that looks best for you, and remember that if you are in the USA, there are two calendars and "Ascension on Sunday" is probably the variant you want.
This lets you choose not just translations but various other options to do with what text is displayed. Full details are here.
This page tells you what version of the program and database you are using.
By default, Universalis checks our web site for updates once a month or so. If you don't want it to do this, turn this option off.
This command lets you create e-books for the Sony Reader, the Nook, the Amazon Kindle and other devices. The instructions are here.
This takes you to our web site so that you can make use of our free service of automatic daily emails.
This puts Universalis into a mode that is easy to use with screen readers if you are blind or partially sighted. Here are instructions for using Universalis in that mode.
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