Character Formatting

When you change the format of existing text, any new characters you type immediately following automatically assume the formatting characteristics of the existing text.

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Apply character format

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

  • 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 | 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.

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

Highlight the text to change and select one or more of the following 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 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.

Box 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.