Text Editor

You can access the Text Editor by creating new text or by editing existing text. Type the desired text into the text editor, add templates and symbols, date/time stamps, and apply unique formatting. Add tabs in the Text Editor by pressing CTRL + TAB. When you click OK, the text in the text editor is parsed to math text instructions and the Text field is updated in the Properties window Text page.

 

Type or edit text in the Text Editor.

 

Text Appearance

The top row of tools and buttons change the appearance of currently selected text. Additionally, subsequent text will appear with the selected options.

 

Superscripts and Subscripts

When working with superscripts and subscripts, you can type the character, highlight it, and then click the superscript or subscript buttons. Alternatively, you can click the superscript or subscript button and then type the characters. Click the superscript or subscript button a second time to return to the normal size font and placement.

 

After clicking the  or button, the superscript or subscript will be sized relative to the text immediately preceding it until the Text Editor is closed. Superscripts and subscripts are 60% the size of normal text by default. To maintain the relative sizing, select both the normal text and the superscript or subscript and then change the font size. For example, if 'x2' is typed in 10pt font and the '2' is superscripted, the font size for the '2' will be 6pt font, x2. Next if  x2 is selected and font size is increased to 15pt, the superscript will be size 9pt font, x2. Once the Text Editor is closed, the superscripts and/or subscripts must be sized independently in the Text Editor. However, the Size (points) field in the Text Properties window page can be used to relatively increase the size of the normal, superscripted, and subscripted text all at same time.

 

If the default superscript or subscript placement is not sufficient, you can highlight the text and enter a number in the character position box to raise or lower text from the midpoint of the existing line. You can also change the character position by clicking the buttons. Click the reset button to reset the highlighted character's position to the default position.

 

You can click in any field in a template and use the boxes below Sub Position to modify the position of the field in a template. The values are offsets from the main character's zero position and are in pixels. How far each value moves the template field is determined in part by the font size. Positive values move the field to the right and up.

 

Editing Tools

Text can be edited using the following tools:

 

Sub Position

You can click in any field in a template and use the boxes below Sub Position to modify the position of the field in a template. The values are offsets from the main character's zero position and are in pixels. How far each value moves the template field is determined in part by the font size. Positive values move the field to the right and up. The Sub Position values are only available when editing text in a template field.

 

Background

Click the Background button to open the Background Color dialog to set the background fill properties for the text object. To edit the background fill for text that already exists, change the Background and Background Opacity options in the Properties window on the Text tab.

 

Set the background color and opacity in the Background Color dialog.

 

 

Text Box Alignment

A reference point is the point clicked on in the view window after clicking the Features | Insert | Text command. The text box is horizontally and vertically aligned relative to the reference point. The default position is that the reference point is at the upper left corner of the bounding box (left, top).

To edit the alignment for text that already exists, change the Horizontal Alignment and Vertical Alignment options in the Properties window on the Text tab.

 

Resize the Text Editor

To make the Text Editor larger or smaller, click and drag on the lower left corner of the dialog. When the dialog is the desired size, release the mouse button.

 

OK or Cancel

Click the OK button to save your changes and close the Text Editor. Click the Cancel button to exit the Text Editor without saving your changes.

 

 

See Also

Text

Font Properties