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.
The top row of tools and buttons change the appearance of currently selected text. Additionally, subsequent text will appear with the selected options.
Select a typeface from the list in the upper left corner of the dialog.
Set the size (in points) of the typeface in the box to the right of the typeface list.
Several styles (including bold , italic , underline , and strikethrough ) can be applied to the text. Note that some typefaces, such as Symbol, do not support bold or italicized text.
You can left justify , center , or right justify the text in the bounding box. These options only make a difference with multiple lines of text.
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.
Text can be edited using the following tools:
You can cut , copy , or paste selected text, or paste objects from the clipboard into the Text Editor.
Click the Insert Symbol button to open the Symbol Properties dialog and add a symbol to the text block.
Click the Insert Date/Time button to open the Date/Time Format Builder dialog and enter a date and/or time format. The current date and/or time will be updated and displayed in the project every time the Surfer project is redrawn.
Click Insert Template button to open the Template Library dialog and enter equations based on a template.
You can undo and redo actions.
You can magnify text in the Text Editor by entering a new number in the Zoom box. By default, the text is zoomed to a reasonable level.
You can adjust the opacity of the selected text by entering a new number in the Opacity box. Enter a value between zero (no opacity, full transparency) and 100% (full opacity, no transparency).
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.
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.
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).
Right horizontally aligns the text box so that the reference point is to the right of the text box.
Left horizontally aligns the text box so that the reference point is to the left of the text box.
Center horizontally centers the text box on the reference point.
Bottom vertically aligns the text box so that the reference point is below the text box.
Top vertically aligns the text box so that the reference point is above the text box.
Baseline vertically aligns the text box so that the reference point is located at the base of the text. The baseline is the imaginary line along which characters are positioned as they are drawn. Descenders on characters are drawn below the baseline.
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.
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.
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.