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Format Text

When you create a document template or document, the default character or text styles are already defined, as they are derived directly from the Normal.rtf style template file. Within the document you can edit any of these character styles or apply individual formatting to text strings as you wish.

When you change the format of existing text, any new characters you type immediately after that text automatically assume the formatting characteristics you have applied.

Access Select options from the menu bar at the top of the Document Editor window, or right-click within either:

-  The 'Content' panel of the Document Template Designer or

-  The text area of the document

Text formatting options



See also

Apply character format

Highlight the text to which to apply the format, and use one or more of these menu options or key combinations:

  • Font | Normal, or press Alt+0
  • Font | Bold, or press Ctrl+B
  • Font | Underline, or press Ctrl+U
  • Font | Double Underline, or press Ctrl+D
  • Font | Italic, or press Ctrl+I
  • Font | Superscript, or press Alt+4
  • Font | Subscript, or press Alt+5
  • Font | Strike, or press Alt+6 (puts a line through the text)
  • Font | Double Strike
  • Font | All Caps
  • Font | Small Caps

To reset any character format, highlight the text and select the 'Font | Normal' menu option, or press Alt+0.

Change font typeface and point size

Highlight the text to change and select the 'Font | Fonts' menu option, or press Alt+F10.

The 'Font Selection' dialog displays, from which you select the required typeface and point size.

Click on the OK button.

Change character style

Highlight the text to change and select the 'Font | Style' menu option.

The 'Select a Style' dialog displays, listing the currently-defined character styles in the template stylesheet.

Select the required style and click on the OK button.

Styles, Special Text & Table of Contents

Change the color of text, background (permanent highlight) or underline

Highlight the text to change and select one or more of these options, as required:

  • Font | Text Color
  • Font | Background Color
  • Font | Underline Color

In each case, the 'Color' dialog displays, through which you can select or define the required color.

When you have selected a color, click on the OK button.

Change character spacing

Normal character spacing (the space between characters) is 20 twips; if you want to change this (or return to it), highlight the text to adjust, and select the 'Font | Spacing' menu option.

The 'Character Spacing' dialog displays.

Select the radio button to expand or compress spacing, or to return to normal spacing; if you are changing from normal spacing, enter the number of twips to set the spacing to.

Click on the OK button.

Hide text

Hidden text is not displayed on the screen or printer, but remains in the document and is not deleted.

Highlight the text to hide and select the 'Font | Hidden' menu option, or press Ctrl+H.

The highlighted text is not displayed and the rest of the text closes up.

To view hidden text, select the 'View | Hidden Text' menu option; you can then make the text normal again by highlighting it and deselecting the 'Font | Hidden' menu option.

Editor Tool Display Options

Create a box around text

Highlight the text to box and select the 'Font | Boxed' menu option; this creates a broken-line border around the selected text.

Insert a non-breaking space

Move the cursor to the point at which to insert the non-breaking space and select the 'Insert | Non-breaking Space' menu option.

Insert a non-breaking dash

Move the cursor to the point at which to insert the non-breaking dash and select the 'Insert | Non-breaking Dash' menu option.

Insert an optional hyphen

Move the cursor to the point at which to insert the hyphen and select the 'Insert | Optional Hyphen' menu option.