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Chapter 4. Text Input > Text box basics

Text box basics

To create a text box:

1.
Choose any Text Box tool except a Bézier text tool (they're covered in Chapter 18). The cursor will turn into a crosshair.

2.
Drag in any direction . When you release the mouse, the finished box will be selected and ready for inputting . When the Content tool is chosen and a text box is selected, a blinking text insertion marker appears in the box and the pointer turns into an I-beam.

Drag with a Text Box tool.


A new text box is created.


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Remember the Edit > Undo command, which undoes most operations.


To resize a text box manually:

1.
Choose the Item or Content tool (Shift-F8).

2.
Click a box.

3.
Drag any handle .

Resize a box by dragging any of its four corner handles (note the hand pointer)...


...or drag any of its four midpoint handles.


or

To resize the box and preserve its original proportions, hold down Option-Shift/Alt-Shift while dragging. (Hold down Shift without Option/Alt to turn the box into a square.) Release Shift or Option-Shift/Alt-Shift after you release the mouse.

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Make sure the point of the cursor arrow is directly over one of the box handles before pressing the mouse. The cursor will change into a pointing-hand icon.


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If Delayed Item Dragging: Live Refresh is on in QuarkXPress (Edit, in Windows) > Preferences > Application > Interactive and you pause before dragging a handle of a text box, the text wrap will update continuously as you drag (the pointer will turn into a cluster of arrows) . In the Delay field, you can specify the length of the pause required before dragging (0.1–5).

Pause-dragging with Live Refresh on



To resize a text box using the Measurements palette:

1.
Choose the Item or Content tool.

2.
Click a box.

3.
Change the W value on the Measurements palette for the width of the box, then press Return/Enter . You need to include an abbreviation for the measurement unit (e.g., “p” or “mm”) only if the value you're entering is not in the current default unit. See page 30.

The current value can be replaced, or a plus or minus sign and then a value can be entered to the right of the current number to add to or subtract from it. In our example, the X field contains two different measurement units. When Return/Enter is pressed, the value is converted to inches (our default unit).


and/or

Change the H value on the Measurements palette for the height of the box, then press Return/Enter.

To move a text box manually:

1.
Choose the Item tool. Or if you're using the Content tool, hold down Cmd/Ctrl to turn it into a temporary Item tool.

Snap to it

If View > Snap to Guides is on (Shift-F7 toggles it on and off) and you drag the handle of a box or an anchor point near a guide, the handle or point will snap to the guide with a little tug. Turn Snap to Guides off to drag items manually without the little tug.

2.
Press inside a text box, pause briefly for the text to redraw, then drag the item to a new location on the same page or on a different page (the pointer will be a cluster of arrowheads). The X and Y position values on the Measure ments palette will update as you drag. To force scrolling, knock your pointer into the edge of the project window while dragging.

Pause before dragging to see the contents of the item as you move it...


...or drag without pausing to see only the outline of the box as it's moved. Use this method on a slow machine.


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Hold down Shift as you drag to constrain the movement to a horizontal or vertical axis. Release the mouse before releasing Shift. To use ruler guides to position an item, see page 201.


Use the Measurements palette to move the upper left corner of an item to a precise X/Y location, relative to the ruler origin.

To reposition a text box or any other item using the Measurements palette:

1.
Choose the Item or Content tool.

2.
Click the item you want to reposition.

3.
Enter a new number in the X field on the Measurements palette to change the horizontal position of the item's bounding box relative to the ruler origin , which, unless you change it, is located at the uppermost left corner of the project window.

and/or

Enter a new number in the Y field on the Measurements palette to change the vertical position of the box relative to the ruler origin.

4.
Press Return/Enter .

After pressing Return/Enter, the 1" value entered in the X field is converted to its equivalent in the default measurement unit (in this case, picas).


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To use arithmetic in the X or Y field, enter “+” after the current number, then the amount you want to add. To subtract, enter “-”; to multiply, enter “*”; or to divide, enter “/”.


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