Following this getting started guide, you will learn how to create your first diary database, and how to set various options for your diary database. You will also learn how to protect your diary database by specifying a password, and also the difference between the 3 available Diary modes.

create a new diary database

When you launch Diary for the very first time, you will be presented with a window to assist you in creating your first new diary database. You may specify the location for your new diary database as well as the name of your diary database now.

Specify new diary database location and name

Specify new diary database location and name (Screen)

This diary database will store all your diary entries and precious photos, so it is highly recommended that you specify a password to protect your privacy. Without a password, your diary entries are in danger of being read by anyone who could access your diary database. At this stage, you may also specify if Diary should remember the new diary database password, or Diary should use this as the default diary database and sign in this diary database automatically each time you run Diary.

Determine password protection and sign in options

Determine password protection and sign in options (Screen)

When you are done with the options, click at the Create button to complete the new diary database set up process.

Creating new diary database

Creating new diary database (Screen)


access an existing diary database

If you have not specified your newly created diary database as the default diary database, each time when you run Diary, you will see the screen below.

Select the diary database and other sign in options

Select the diary database and other sign in options (Screen)

If you have more than one frequently accessed diary database, you may simply click at the drop down combo box to pick from the five most recently accessed diary databases. Alternatively, you may also click at the Browse… button to locate your desired diary database.

You may also determine which Diary mode you would like to sign in by default. The three available modes are:

  • Management: Diary‘s main management window will be shown upon sign in.
  • New Entry: You will start with a blank diary editor upon sign in.
  • Start in Tray: Diary will not show any window upon sign in, but you could always access Diary by right clicking at the Diary icon in the system tray located at the lower right corner of your desktop.

If you would like to have a new look of Diary, you may also specify the new Theme that Diary will use at this stage too.

The Romantic Pink theme

The Romantic Pink theme (Screen)


write your first diary entry

Now you will be presented with a Diary main window, in which you may click at the New Entry toolbar button (which is at the upper left corner of the main window) to start writing your first diary entry.

New diary entry button

New diary entry button (Screen)

After saving your diary entry, you may retrieve it at anytime via one of the two different views, i.e. Date View or Tag View, depending on how you wish to organize your diary.