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Adding and formatting text

To add text while editing a content gadget, email, or event description, click where you want the text to appear then start typing. If you want to use a layer to control the positioning of the text, click within the layer before you start typing.

You can set text attributes, copy and paste text and text styles, and control paragraph formatting.

Setting text attributes

To control text attributes, such as typeface, point size, and color, select the text you want to format then click the appropriate option within the toolbar. You can set the text attributes individually or select a predefined text style from the style drop-down list.

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Text styles not only save you the trouble of selecting multiple text attributes individually, but they also promote consistency since the same text styles are available throughout your site. Text styles are theme-specific and can be modified from the Color and Styles screen. Any changes you make to text styles there will be immediately applied to your entire site.

When you apply a text style, it will be applied to the entire paragraph, not just the selected text. If you apply text attributes locally – using toolbar options other than text styles – the attributes will be applied to the selected text only.

Copying text styles and text attributes

You can copy text styles and text attributes from one chunk of text to another chunk of text or to an entire paragraph. Depending on how the original chunk of text was formatted and how you select the text to be formatted, you can copy the style of the text – e.g. Heading 1 – or just its attributes – e.g. 12 point bold Verdana.

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You can only copy text styles and text attributes within the same content gadget, email, or event description.

To copy formatting from a chunk of text, select some or all of the text, click the Format painter icon within the content editor toolbar.

To apply the copied formatting to an entire paragraph, click within the paragraph without selecting any of its text. If the text you copied the formatting from had text styles applied, then the style will be applied to the paragraph. If the original text used localized or inline formatting rather than text styles, then its text attributes will be applied to the paragraph.

To apply the copied formatting to selected text only, select the text you want the formatting to be applied to. The attributes of the original text will be applied to the selected text as inline formatting, regardless of whether the original text was formatted using text styles or inline formatting.

Controlling paragraph formatting

By default, text will appear in the upper left corner. Using the formatting options appearing on the toolbar, you can control the alignment of the text.

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You can separately control the positioning of each paragraph within the gadget, email body, or event description.

You can also apply other paragraph formatting such as bullets, numbering, and indenting.

Line spacing

When editing site pages, email, and event descriptions, you cannot control paragraph spacing – the amount of vertical space between paragraphs – but you can control line height or line spacing (aka leading) – the vertical space between lines within a paragraph. You can set the line height separately for each paragraph, or change the line height for multiple paragraphs.

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To set the line height for a single paragraph, click anywhere within the paragraph, then click the line height icon in the toolbar.

From the menu that appears, you can choose a height (in pixels), or type the height you want to apply. If you select the Auto option, the default line height will be applied.

To control the line height for multiple paragraphs, select portions of the paragraphs before clicking the line height icon.

Paragraph breaks and line breaks

When editing site pages, email, and event descriptions, you cannot control paragraph spacing – the amount of vertical space between paragraphs. You can, however, use keyboard combinations to insert either a paragraph break or a line break.

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The different key combinations depend on which browser you are using, and whether your cursor is currently located within an existing paragraph.

To add a paragraph break, press the Enter key. To add a line break, hold down the Shift key and press the Enter key (except on Safari).

In your page's HTML code, a paragraph will appear as:

<p> .... paragraph text ... </p>

A line break will appear as:

<br>

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For advanced control of spacing, you can customize the CSS code.

Pasting text from other sources

To paste text copied from another source – such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Apple's Pages, a website, or an email  – click where you want the text to appear then click the  Paste  icon within the content editor.

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On browsers other than Internet Explorer, you may be prompted to use keyboard shortcuts instead of the Paste icon to paste your text.

When pasting formatted text, the content editor will try to preserve as much of the formatting as possible, but will discard any incompatible formatting – formatting that it cannot reproduce itself. For more information, see Pasting content from other sources.

To completely avoid introducing formatting issues, we recommend that you paste only clean text – text without formatting. To paste text without formatting, use the Ctrl + Shift + V shortcut on Windows, and the Command + Shift + V shortcut on a Mac.  

Clearing formatting

To clear all character formatting – formatting applied directly to text, rather than through text styles – select the text you wanted cleared, then click the  Clear formatting  icon within the content editor.

Adding ArtText

ArtText allows you to create fancy looking text with special effects like 3D and drop shadows. You can use ArtText to produce exciting and colorful headings for your site header, site pages, emails, and event descriptions.

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When you create a piece of ArtText, you can choose from a variety of fonts, styles, and colors. When you save it, an image file is generated containing the text and style that you have chosen. This way, you can be sure that the heading you have created will be the same for every visitor to your site no matter what kind of computer or browser they are using.

You can add ArtText to a content gadget or event description.

To add ArtText, follow these steps:

  1. Either select existing text to use as the basis for the ArtText or wait to enter your text in a subsequent step.
  2. Click the ArtText icon within the content editor toolbar.

  3. In the ArtText dialog that appears, you enter your text if you hadn't done so before selecting the ArtText option.
  4. You can choose any of the predefined ArtText styles from the Style drop-down, or individually select the font, point size, text color(s), and effect color(s). A preview of your ArtText design appears at the top of the dialog.

  5. Once you've modified the ArtText to your satisfaction, click the OK button.

Your plain text will now be replaced with an image of the stylized text you just created.

To modify existing ArtText, position your pointer over the ArtText, then click the Settings option in the bottom right corner.

The ArtText dialog will appear again, allowing you to make changes to your design.

To clear the ArtText so that the text returns to its unformatted state, click the Clear ArtText button within the ArtText dialog.


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