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 after 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
  • 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

1)  Set up a numbering list and overrides (Edit | List and Overrides)

2)  Apply the numbering levels to the template sections (Paragraph | List Numbering)

User-Defined Section 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

Stylesheets and Table of Contents

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