Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I get started with Mellel?

There are many ways, depending on how you like to learn. Check out all our tutorials and videos in our Mellel U resource center. Search for specific questions in our User’s Guide. Our Forum is also a good place to get advice.

How do I set the default for opening files?

To set Mellel as the default for opening a document of a particular type, select a document of this type/extension in the Finder and choose File>Get Info (Cmd+1).

Which reference manager should I use for my bibliography?

You can use any that you like. To optimize experience, we recommend Bookends or Sente.

I already have Bookends. How do I get the Mellel/BookEnds special offer?

Fill out this form. We’ll contact you with instructions on how to get your discount.

I already have Mellel. How can I get Mellel/Bookends offer?

That’s a question for the developers of Bookends, Sonny Software. Email them on sales@sonnysoftware.com.

How do I change Mellel’s menu to a different language?

You control the language of the text in menus and dialogue boxes in your System Preferences. To change it:


  1. Open your System Preferences and go to the Language and Region preference.
  2. Under Preferred languages, choose the interface language of your choice. For example, if you want English, drag English to the top of the language list and you’ll be able to enjoy English language menus in Mellel.
  3. Remember to close and re-open to apply changes.

How can I set notes to restart from the beginning of each chapter?

If your chapters are not separated with a Page Style break, you should do so. Go to the end of a chapter and choose Insert>Breaks>Page Style break (or Cmd+Shift+Enter).



  1. Choose Insert>Note>Edit Note attributes from the menu bar.
  2. Choose the appropriate stream on the left (if you only use footies or endorse in your document, this step is already done).
  3. Under Numbering, choose Restart with Every Page Range.


This configures Mellel to restart with every page range.


How do I create different page numbering in different parts of my document?

Page numbers are normally placed in the header or footer. In order to have pages without page numbers — for example, at the beginning of a document — you need to set these pages with a different header/footer configuration. This is done by inserting a Page Style break at the location where you want the change to begin.

Do the following:

  1. Place your cursor in the location you’d like the page number difference to begin.
  2. Choose Insert -> Breaks -> Page Style Break. This will create a break, separating page attributes before and beyond this point.
  3. Click anywhere before the newly inserted page style break. Using the Page Palette,  configure the page to have no header/footer; or just a header; or just a footer. It’s your choice. ). Note that the changes you make here will only affect the pages before the page style break.
  4. Click anywhere beyond the break and configure the page to have a header/footer with a page number.


How can I change or set my view preferences for Mellel documents?

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open a new document or template.
  2. Change the zoom level, document window size, Mellel view or Compact view to fit your needs.
  3. Choose File > Save As template… and in the Save As Template, check the option Make Default.

From now on, whenever you open a new document, it will open to the size you designated.

Press the Full Screen button or Cmd+Ctrl+F for full screen mode.

Quickly hide the palettes by pressing Cmd+*.


How can I change or set my view preferences for imported documents?

With Imported Documents:

  1. Open a new document or any document you wish to serve as a template for import.
  2. Change the zoom level, document window size, view (either Mellel view or Compact view, which is more suitable to your needs here), and so on to fit your needs.
  3. Choose File > Save As template…, and save the document as template.
  4. Choose Mellel (menu) > Preferences… and go to the Open & Save panel. Under Default Template for Import click the Browse button and select the template you’ve just saved.


Press the Full Screen button or Cmd+Ctrl+F for full screen mode.


Quickly hide the palettes by pressing Cmd+*.

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