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Formatting Text

If you’re hand coding in HTML, making a word appear in bold face involves a surprising amount of rigmarole. In FrontPage, applying character styles works similarly to how it’s done in word-processing programs: make a selection, click an icon, and you’re done. The Formatting toolbar, which is on by default, includes everything you’ll need for the most common text changes (Figure 4.57). Still more text formatting choices are available in the Font dialog box (details).

Figure 4.57. The Formatting toolbar includes icons for applying most text changes.


To change the font face

1.
Make sure you’re in page view by clicking the Page icon in the Views Bar.

2.
Select the text you want to change (Figure 4.58).

Figure 4.58. Select the text whose font you want to change.


3.
Click the arrow just to the right of the Formatting toolbar’s font window and scroll through the drop-down menu until you find a font you want (Figure 4.59).

Figure 4.59. To change the font face, click the arrow for the Formatting toolbar’s font window and scroll through the drop-down menu for the font you want.


4.
Click on the font you want and it will be applied to the selected text (Figure 4.60).

Figure 4.60. Once you click on the font, the change is applied to the selected text.


Tip

  • You also can change highlighted text by right-clicking in the page and choosing Font from the shortcut menu (Figure 4.61). When the Font dialog box appears, choose the font from the scrolling Font window, then click OK (Figure 4.62). For details on the Font dialog box, see Font options.

    Figure 4.61. You can reach the Font dialog box any time, by selecting text, right-clicking in the page, and choosing Font from the shortcut menu.

    Figure 4.62. The Font dialog box offers extensive control over the appearance and formatting of any highlighted text.


To change the font size

1.
Make sure you’re in page view by clicking the Page icon in the Views Bar.

2.
Select the text you want to change.

3.
In the Formatting toolbar, click the arrow just to the right of the Font Size window and choose a size from the drop-down menu (Figure 4.63).

Figure 4.63. Select the text whose size you want to change, click the arrow for the Formatting toolbar’s Font Size window, and scroll through the drop-down menu for the size you want.


4.
Release the cursor and the new size will be applied to the selected text (Figure 4.64).

Figure 4.64. Once you click on the size, the change is applied to the selected text.


Tip

  • You also can change the text’s font size by right-clicking the page and choosing Font from the shortcut menu (Figure 4.61). Within the Font dialog box, click the Size drop-down menu, make your choice, and click OK (Figure 4.62). For details see Font options on page 115.


To change the font style

1.
If you’re not already in page view, click the Page icon in the Views Bar and make sure the Normal tab is selected.

2.
Select the text you want to change (Figure 4.65).

Figure 4.65. Select the text whose style you want to change.


3.
Click one of the three style icons (Bold, Italic, or Underline) in the Formatting toolbar (Figure 4.66).

Figure 4.66. Click one of the three style icons in the Formatting toolbar.


4.
The style is applied to the selection (Figure 4.67).

Figure 4.67. Once you click one of the style icons, the change is applied to the selected text.


To change the font color

1.
Make sure you’re in page view by clicking the Page icon in the Views Bar.

2.
Select the text you want to change (Figure 4.68).

Figure 4.68. Select the text whose color you want to change.


3.
Click the arrow just to the right of the Font Color icon and choose a color from the drop-down menu (Figure 4.69).

Figure 4.69. Click the arrow next to the Font Color icon and choose a color from the drop-down menu.


4.
Release the cursor and the color will be applied to the selected text (Figure 4.70).

Figure 4.70. Once you release the cursor, the color change is applied to the selected text.


Tip

  • You also can change the text’s color by right-clicking the page and choosing Font from the shortcut menu (Figure 4.61). Within the Font dialog box, click the Color drop-down menu, make your choice, and click OK (Figure 4.62). For details see Font options on page 115.


To change text alignment

1.
Make sure you’re in page view by clicking the Page icon in the Views Bar.

2.
Select the text you want to change (Figure 4.71).

Figure 4.71. Select the text whose alignment you want to change.


3.
In the Formatting toolbar, click one of the four alignment icons (Figure 4.72).

Figure 4.72. Click one of the four alignment icons in the Formatting toolbar.


4.
Release the cursor and the text will be aligned based on which icon you clicked (Figure 4.73).

Figure 4.73. Once you click one of the alignment icons, the change is applied to the selected text.


Font options

To open the Font dialog box, select some text, right-click, and choose Font from the shortcut menu (Figures 4.74 and 4.75). The dialog box’s Font tab is active by default and lets you change the font, font style, size and text color It also lets you apply text effects not available within the Formatting toolbar. Check a box and you can see its effect within the Preview window

Figure 4.74. To reach the Font dialog box, select some text, right-click, and choose Font from the shortcut menu.


Figure 4.75. The Font dialog box’s Font tab lets you change the selected text’s font, font style, size, and text color.


Clicking the Font dialog box’s Character Spacing tab displays the Spacing and Position drop-down menus, which let you adjust the horizontal spacing and vertical positioning of the text you’ve selected (Figure 4.76). The Preview window lets you see the effects of various spacing and positioning combinations. For details on spacing and positions, see the next page.

Figure 4.76. The Character Spacing tab lets you change the selected text’s horizontal spacing and vertical positioning.


To change character spacing
1.
Make sure you’re in page view by clicking the Page icon in the Views Bar.

2.
Select the text you want to change.

3.
Right-click and choose Font from the shortcut menu (Figure 4.74).

4.
When the Font dialog box appears (Figure 4.76), click the Character Spacing tab.

5.
Use the Spacing drop-down menu to quickly choose whether you want the text’s horizontal spacing to be Expanded, Normal, or Condensed. The results will be displayed in the Preview window. To fine tune the horizontal spacing, use the arrows of the adjacent By window to adjust the spacing in either direction (Figure 4.77).

Figure 4.77. Within the Font dialog box, use the Spacing drop-down menu to control whether the text is Expanded, Normal, or Condensed. The adjacent By window lets you fine tune the spacing.


6.
When you’re done, click OK and the spacing will be applied to the selected text.

To change character positioning
1.
Make sure you’re in page view by clicking the Page icon in the Views Bar.

2.
Select the text you want to change.

3.
Right-click and choose Font from the shortcut menu (Figure 4.74).

4.
When the Font dialog box appears (Figure 4.76), click the Character Spacing tab.

5.
Use the Position drop-down menu to quickly adjust the text’s vertical alignment. The results will be displayed in the Preview window (Figure 4.78).

Figure 4.78. Within the Font dialog box, use the Position drop-down menu to control the text’s vertical alignment.


6.
When you’re done, click OK and the spacing will be applied to the selected text.

To remove text formatting
1.
Make sure you’re in page view by clicking the Page icon in the Views Bar.

2.
Select the text whose formatting you want to remove.

3.
Choose Format > Remove Formatting (Figure 4.79). All of the text’s formatting will be removed, reverting back to its default settings.

Figure 4.79. To remove all text formatting, select the text and choose Format > Remove Formatting


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