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Chapter 4. Text Input > What is the text overflow symbol?

What is the text overflow symbol?

If a text box is too small to display all the text that it contains, a text overflow symbol appears in the lower right corner of the box . The text overflow symbol will disappear if the text box is enlarged enough to display all the type that it contains or if the box is linked to another box for the text to spill into.

The text overflow symbol doesn't print; it's merely an indicator that there's hidden text in the buffer. Only text that's visible in a box will print.

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If pages are mysteriously added to your layout when a text box becomes full, it means Auto Page Insertion is on in QuarkXPress (Edit, in Windows) > Preferences > Print Layout > General.


To highlight text:

1.
Choose the Content tool.

2.
Drag across the text you want to highlight.

or

Use one of these fast-clicking methods :

Number of clicksWhat gets highlighted
1 clickCreates an insertion point
2 clicks on wordA word (but not the space following it)
2 clicks between word and punctuationA word and the punctuation following it (but not the space following it)
3 clicksA line
4 clicksA paragraph
5 clicksA whole story (all the text in a box or in a series of linked boxes)


Click four times to highlight a paragraph.


Triple-click to highlight a line.


or

To highlight a whole story, click in a text box, then choose Edit > Select All (Cmd-A/Ctrl-A). Hidden overflow text, if any, will be included in the selection. Note: If the Item tool is selected when you choose Select All, all items on the currently displayed page or spread and surrounding pasteboard will become selected instead!

or

Click in a text box at the beginning of a text string, then Shift-click at the end of the text string.

or

To select from the current cursor position to the end of a story: Cmd-Option-Shift-down arrow/Ctrl-Alt-Shift-down arrow. (See page 501 for more shortcuts.)

or

To select a series of words, double-click the first word, keep the mouse button down on the second click, then drag. Or triple-click, then drag downward to highlight a series of lines.

To delete text:

1.
Choose the Content tool.

Same ol' selection

If you deselect and then reselect a box with the Content tool, the last group of characters that were highlighted, if any, will re-highlight. To create a new insertion point, click once more in the text box.

2.
Click to the right of the character to be deleted , then press Delete/Backspace. (Press the left or right arrow on the keyboard to move the insertion point one character at a time.)

Pressing Delete with the cursor at this insertion point would remove the “S.”


or

First highlight the text you want to delete (see the previous page). Then in Mac OS X, press Delete or choose Edit > Clear. In Windows, press Backspace or Delete or choose Edit > Delete.

Pressing Delete with this selection highlighted would delete the “HES.”


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To delete the character to the right of the cursor, press the del/Delete key on an extended keyboard or press Shift-Delete on a nonextended keyboard.


The Line Text-Path tool and Orthogonal Text-Path tool are discussed below. The Bézier Text-Path and Freehand Text-Path tools are discussed in Chapter 18.

To create a straight text path:

1.
Choose the Orthogonal Text-Path tool to draw a straight horizontal or vertical text path .

Drag vertically or horizontally with the Orthogonal Text-Path tool.


or

Choose the Line Text-Path tool to draw a straight-line path at any angle with no corners or bends .

Drag at any angle with the Line Text-Path tool.


2.
Drag to draw the path, and leave it selected.

3.
Choose the Content tool.

4.
Start typing. The text will march along the path.

To delete any item:

Choose the Item or Content tool, click the item you want to delete, then choose Item > Delete (Cmd-K/Ctrl-K).

or

Choose the Item tool, and click the item you want to delete. Then in Mac OS X, press Delete or choose Edit > Clear. In Windows, press Delete or Backspace or choose Edit > Delete.

The Clipboard is a holding area that stores one cut or copied selection at a time. The current contents of the Clipboard can be retrieved an unlimited number of times via the Paste command. The current Clipboard contents will be replaced if you invoke the Copy or Cut command in any application, and will be deleted if you turn off your computer.

To rearrange text using the Clipboard:

1.
Choose the Content tool.

2.
Highlight the text you want to move .

To move text, highlight it, then choose Edit > Cut.


3.
Choose Edit > Cut (Cmd-X/Ctrl-X) to place the highlighted text on the Clipboard and remove it from its current location.

or

Choose Edit > Copy (Cmd-C/Ctrl-C) to place a copy of the highlighted text on the Clipboard and leave the highlighted text in its current location.

4.
Click in a text box to create a new insertion point .

Click to create a new insertion point.


5.
Choose Edit > Paste (Cmd-V/Ctrl-V) . Smart Space takes care of adding spaces where needed (see page 192).

Choose Edit > Paste.


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The Clipboard can also be used to cut or copy any type of box, line, or group when the Item tool is selected, or a picture if the Content tool is chosen. Paste using the same tool that was used to Cut or Copy—unless you want the item to be anchored (see page 197)!


You can use the Drag and Drop Text feature to move or copy text quickly without having to use the Cut, Copy, or Paste command. You can drag and drop text within the same box or between linked boxes or table cells (a story), but not between unlinked boxes or cells. This is a very handy feature for making quick copy-edits.

Note: To enable the drag-and-drop feature, go to QuarkXPress (Edit, in Windows) > Preferences > Application > Interactive, then check Drag and Drop Text .

In Mac OS X only, if the Drag and Drop Text option is off, you can still perform the command: Cmd-Control-drag the text to move it or Cmd-Control-Shift-drag to move a copy of it.

To drag and drop text:

1.
Choose the Content tool.

2.
Highlight the text you want to move or copy (see page 67).

3.
Release the mouse.

4.
To move the highlighted text, drag the blinking cursor to a new location in the same text box or table cell or in a box or cell that it's linked to. A hollow box will display under the pointer as you drag .

To drag and drop (move) text, highlight it, release the mouse, then drag the highlighted text (you'll see a blinking cursor) to a new position.


The sentences have been swapped.


or

To move a copy of the text, hold down Shift while dragging the blinking cursor to a new location (a hollow box and a plus sign will also display as you drag).

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Text that is dragged and dropped is also placed on the Clipboard, but you won't be aware of it unless you use the Paste command or choose Edit > Show Clipboard.


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