How do I see all of my cards?

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03 Mar, 2013 01:30 AM

I created a deck of 45 cards for my Art class. When I click on the deck it says "Total cards: 45" and "New cards 17". It will only show me those 17 over and over. I just want to be able to look at all 45 cards again. This is incredibly frustrating and I feel like I have wasted 2 hours on creating this deck on a program that won't let me see them.

  1. 1 Posted by Steven on 03 Mar, 2013 01:34 AM

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    OH...and I created it on the desktop program but plan to view it on my Android phone.

  2. 2 Posted by Soren Bjornstad on 03 Mar, 2013 02:35 AM

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    I think there are several issues here:
    1) If it's showing you the same 17 cards over and over in a row, I suspect you are probably clicking the "again" button, which you should normally not do if you know the cards. Instead you should generally use buttons 2-4 so that Anki can schedule them again in the future.

    2) You are expecting Anki to be like some other flashcard programs and just show you all the cards without any form of scheduling. If this is all you want, Anki is not the program you should be using—you will only be horribly frustrated by it making things more complicated than you want. If, on the other hand, you are interested in using the spaced repetition features to remember information over months or years, you're in the right place.

    3) While normally you only need to review cards when they're scheduled for review (after all, they're scheduled for a reason—because Anki thinks you need to review them or you'll forget them), sometimes, you may indeed want to see cards before they're due. In this case you should click the "custom study" button on the deck overview (immediately after selecting a deck from the deck list) and choose one of the options there. In your case you should select "study a random selection of cards" and make sure the number selected is greater than the number in the deck (in your case, at least 45).

    4) To configure AnkiDroid, download it to your phone, then click the sync button in the upper-right-hand corner of the desktop program, create an AnkiWeb account, sync your data up to AW, then configure your phone similarly. If you need more help with AnkiDroid, please see!forum/anki-android, as AnkiDroid is maintained and supported by a different group.

    5) If you choose not to keep using Anki, Anki will never keep your data hostage: simply choose File -> Export and you can export your data as a tab-separated values file that can be imported into nearly any other flashcard program or even edited or printed out using a spreadsheet.

    Hope this helps.

  3. 3 Posted by kathyturnersema... on 04 Mar, 2013 01:21 AM

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    Just putting this in -as I think the request is a real need for creators of Anki cards. I especially find this need as a teacher constructing cards for students to use i.e. I need to see all cards - and maybe a number of times as I edit them.

    Soren, your suggestion of using 'custom study' is a good way around the issue of all cards not being shown.

    I'm supposing that if custom study is used as a way of editing a whole deck, then the edited changes are automatically incorporated into the original deck when custom study is deleted? AND I'm supposing I can uncheck 'reschedule cards based on my answers in this deck' AND still have the edited changes carried over?


  4. 4 Posted by Soren Bjornstad on 04 Mar, 2013 03:40 AM

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    Kathy: Yes, custom study simply moves cards temporarily out of their decks, then moves them back when it is deleted, emptied, or the cards pass the last step. So any changes you make will be preserved (scheduling changes excepted when that option is turned off, or if you move a card partway through learning and then empty the deck).

  5. 5 Posted by Soren Bjornstad on 09 Mar, 2013 05:09 PM

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    Closing due to inactivity. Feel free to reopen if your problem is not solved.

  6. Soren Bjornstad closed this discussion on 22 Mar, 2013 01:05 AM.

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