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The Write Stuff

No matter what else you do with your Macintosh, sooner or later you use it to write something. It may just be a note to a colleague or a caption added to an illustration, or it may be a full-length manuscript. Whatever it is, you are using the text capability of the Macintosh to write it—and what a capability it is! The power you have to alter the appearance of text on the Macintosh is one of the computer's most impres-sive features.

These text features and the applications that use them—most notably word processors—are the focus of this chapter. In most of these applications, changes to text are made by selecting items from the Font, Style, and Size menus. For example, you might start by selecting a basic font appearance from the choices in the Font menu (such as Times or Helvetica), then decide on the style (such as italics or bold) and size (such as smaller or larger) of the font. A quick trip to the menu bar can change "this" to "this." Equally impressive is that when you finally print your text, the output looks virtually identical to what appeared on the screen, sometimes even better! This is the basic "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG) appeal of the Macintosh.


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