Adding a card type to a Note

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06 Dec, 2019 03:49 AM


I am using Anki on a Mac desktop and want to create a deck to study a new language using a note type that came with an imported shared desk. The way I understand Anki this note type creates three card types for every note I add. This is just fine for my purpose. One of these card types is a spelling card that does not suit me. I would like to add a fourth card type, specifically the "Basic (type in the answer)" type that comes with Anki.

I looked around the forum, the Anki manual and played with the Add card editor but can not find how to add a new card type (once again, specifically the built-in Basic (type in the answer) type.

When I go to the Browser and select one of my newly created notes I see the three cards type; when I select any of them and click the "Cards..." button a new window opens. There under Options I can select "Add Card Type..." but I don't seem to have the choice of type to add. In my case it adds "Card 4" type. Can I change that to the "Basic (type in the answer)" type?



  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Damien Elmes on 06 Dec, 2019 05:58 AM

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  2. 2 Posted by pfamazon on 08 Dec, 2019 05:12 AM

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    Hello Damien,

    First of all, thank you for replying so quickly but mainly thank you for the tremendous work you did with Anki. I am only starting to learn to use it (the desktop version) and already can appreciate the enormous work there is behind that program. I am a firm believer in paying for something I find useful and I have no doubt this Flash Card program will meet my needs. Can I contribute something? As far as I have seen this is free but in no way can it be just a hobby for you...

    Back to my original question and your supplied answer (link to a video):

    The video shows how to modify a card type. What I am trying to do is to add a certain card type already supplied with Anki to the card types that come from the type of Note I create. Let me explain a bit more:

    I would like to have a Note Type with three, maybe four Card Types in it (Front -> Back, Back -> Front, Type in the answer, Cloze).

    If I add a Note with Type "Basic (and reverse card)", two Card Types are created for every note: "Card 1: Front -> Back" and "Card 2: Back -> Front".

    I want to have a third card of type "Basic (type in the answer)" but if I select "Add Card Type..." (from the "Cards..." button and then the "Options" button) I only get a card type similar to the one already selected and being displayed. Am I understanding this process correctly if I say that "Add Card Type..." only duplicates the type already selected (in this case Front -> Back or Back -> Front) and then it is up to me to modify it to be similar to your model of (type in the answer, or Cloze)?

    I can do that but wondered if there was a way to add an existing card type without having to rebuild it completely.

    I hope a was able to explain clearly what I am trying to do. Or maybe I am looking at the whole process the wrong way?



    PS - Please tell me how I can contribute to your work.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Damien Elmes on 08 Dec, 2019 09:52 PM

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    Thank you for the kind words; you can help me out by telling your friends about Anki, or purchasing the iOS app if you have an iOS device.

    And yes, that's correct - since you're adding a new card template to an existing note type, after adding the extra template you need to manually modify the template as shown in the video, instead of just selecting the default 'type in the answer' note type.

  4. 4 Posted by pfamazon on 09 Dec, 2019 03:05 PM

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    Hello Damien,

    I will certainly talk about Anki to friends and relatives. I have AnkiDroid but as I understand it this one does not belong to you, so I just purchased the iOS version.

    Thanks for the clarification. I understand the process a bit better now.

    I also read in the Anki manual under Importing Media :
    "After you’ve copied the files, change one of the fields in your text file as follows.
    <img src="myimage.jpg">

    I tried that but it did not work. Here is what I did:

    On a note there is a field labeled "Image" where I dragged in the image file hija_y_abuela.jpg (worked whether I dragged an image from the Internet or from the folder). The cards display the appropriate image. But if I delete this image from its field (and still have the file in the folder) and type in <img src="hija_y_abuela.jpg"> then the cards don't display the image but rather the text <img src="hija_y_abuela.jpg">

    Am I doing something wrong? I searched the support forum but could not find help for this issue.

    Would you also prefer that I post this last issue in the forum instead of through direct email?



  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Damien Elmes on 09 Dec, 2019 09:56 PM

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    Hi Paul,

    Thank you for your support!

    Anki's editor doesn't show HTML code by default. If you want to view/enter in HTML, you can use cmd+shift+x while the field is selected, as otherwise the text you type in is treated literally. When importing from a file, please make sure that the 'allow HTML' option is enabled.

  6. 6 Posted by pfamazon on 11 Dec, 2019 08:01 PM

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    Hi again Damien,

    Thanks and it was my mistake: I did not notice, from the manual section, that the HTML code describing the image file was to be in the text file that would be imported, not in the note field itself. All is good now.



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