Paragraph Formatting

The functions described below operate on the current paragraph, or on a highlighted block of text.

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Clear all paragraph formatting

Select the Paragraph | Normal menu option. The editor pushes the paragraph back up to the page margin.

Set text flow in document

To set the text flow for:

  • A selected block of text, select the Paragraph | Text Flow menu option; the Paragraph Text Flow dialog displays
  • The entire document, select the Edit | Document Text Flow menu option; the Document Text Flow dialog displays.

In either case, select the required text flow direction and click on the OK button.

Center text

Select the Paragraph | Center menu option or press [Alt]+[8].

Right-justify text

Select the Paragraph | Right Justify menu option or press [Alt]+[9].

Justify both sides of text

Select the Paragraph | Justify Both menu option.

Set double line spacing

Select the Paragraph | Double Space menu option. A double-spaced paragraph has a blank line between each text line.

Indent paragraph left

Select the Paragraph | Indent Left menu option or press [Alt]+[L]. Select the option again to increase the indent.

Indent paragraph right

Select the Paragraph | Indent Right menu option or press [Alt]+[R]. Select the option again to increase the indent.

Create hanging indent

Select the Paragraph | Hanging Indent menu option or press [Alt]+[T]. Select the option again to increase the indent of all lines below the first.

Keep paragraph lines together

Select the Paragraph | Keep Together menu option. The editor attempts to keep all lines within the paragraph on the same page.

Keep paragraph with next

Select the Paragraph | Keep with Next menu option. The editor attempts to keep the last line of the current paragraph and the first line of the next paragraph on the same page.

Prevent 'widow' and 'orphan' lines

Select the Paragraph | Widow/Orphan Control menu option. The editor attempts to avoid having:

  • the first line of the paragraph on the previous page ('widow' line)
  • the last line of the paragraph on the next page ('orphan' line).

Start text on new page

Move the cursor to the point at which to start the new page, and select the Paragraph | Page Break Before menu option.

Insert border and shading for text block

Highlight the required text and select the Paragraph | Border and Shading menu option. The Paragraph Box Parameters dialog displays, on which you specify which sides of the box to display (including a line between text lines), whether the lines are thick or doubled, the degree of gray shading behind the text, and the color of the lines.

Define line spacing

Highlight the required lines and select the Paragraph | Paragraph Spacing menu option. The Paragraph Spacing Parameters dialog displays, on which you specify the line spacing and the point spacing before and after lines.

Set a background color for text space

Highlight a text string or block of text and select the Paragraph | Background Color menu option. The Color dialog displays, on which you select the background color. The editor highlights the full width of the page in that color, for the selected lines.

Create a bulleted list

Highlight the required lines of text and select the Paragraph | Bullet menu option. The editor formats the lines into a simple bullet list.

Create a numbered list

Highlight the required lines of text and select the Paragraph | Numbering menu option. The editor formats the lines into a simple numbered list.

Apply numbering to paragraphs

Set up a numbering list and overrides (Edit | List and Overrides) and apply the numbering levels to the template sections (Paragraph | List Numbering).

Apply a paragraph style from the template stylesheet

Select the Paragraph | Style menu option. The Select a Style dialog displays, listing the currently-defined paragraph styles in the template stylesheet.

Select the required style and click on the OK button.