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Text Section

The Text Section module is one of the core modules of the Web Manuals editor system. Adding a Text Section module provides access to the editor tool bar which is primarily used for the formatting of text on the page.

In this guide we will cover the following:

  • Adding a Text Section
  • Basic Editor Functions
    • Undo & Redo
    • Header and Paragraph Selection
    • Using Bold, Italic, Underline, Strike-through, subscript, superscript and remove formatting
    • Increase & Decrease Indents
    • Text Alignment
  • Advanced Functionalities
    • Paste
    • Numbered & Bulleted Lists
    • Tables
      • Creating Tables
      • Table Properties
      • Cell Properties
      • Merge and Split Cells
      • Merging Tables
      • Sorting Columns
    • Split and Merge Text Sections
    • Inserting Images
    • Creating Links
    • Viewing the HTML Source

Adding a Text Section

  1. Open a Web document and go to the first page.
  2. Go to Tools menu and click Modules.


     
  3. Drag the Text Section module to the desired position on the page.

  1. Click the Save button, to save the modules position.

Basic Functions

The basic functionalities of this module can be found in a editor menu above the page.

The functions in the picture above may differ for some users, depending on how their site is setup.

Many of these basic functions works similarly like their corresponding functions in Microsoft Word.

Basic Functions

  • Undo and Redo.

     
  • Change Paragraph Format and Headers of the selected text.

     
  • Use bolditalic, underlinestrike through, subscript, superscript and remove format.

  • Increase/decrease indents.

  • Change alignments: left, right, center and justified.

Advanced Functionalities

This section will introduce the user to more advanced functions, which require some type of configuration.

Paste

This function allows the user to paste text under a more controlled environment, compared the usual Ctrl+V function. There are three types of paste: PastePaste as plain text and Paste from Word.

  • Paste: This function allows the user to paste text with its current formatating.

       

     
  • Paste as plain text: This function allows the user to paste text as plain text.



     
  • Paste as Word: This function allows the user to paste text from Microsoft Word while retaining its formatting.

Numbered/Bulleted Lists

These lists are very similar to the one used in Microsoft Word. These functions also allow the user to create lists using different number and bullet list settings.

Numbered List Properties

  1. Right click the Numbered List and choose Numbered List Properties.

  2. Define the starting number of the list by changing the Start field, define which type of Numbered list you would like by clicking the Type drop down and define whether or not the list will use parentheses by clicking the Parentheses drop down.


Changing a Bulleted List’s Properties

  1. Right click the Bulleted List and choose Bulleted List Properties.

  2. Select the type of bulleted list you would like from the Type Drop down.



Tables

This function allows the user to create simple tables by clicking on the table icon.

Create a Table


 

  1. Click the table icon in the menu to bring up the table grid.

  2. Choose how many rows and columns the table should have by hovering the table grid and left click. 

  3. The table will now appear on the page.

Editing Table Properties

  1. Right click on the table.

  2. Click Table Properties.

  3. The table properties window will now be available for editing.

Item

Description

Table Properties

Rows
Shows the number of rows in the table.

Columns
Shows the number of columns in the table.

Width
Sets the width of the table in pixels or percent.

Height
Sets the height of the table in pixels or percent.

Headers
Sets headers of the table (NoneFirst Row, First Column, Both)

Cell spacing
Sets the cell spacing of the table.

Cell padding
Sets the cell padding of the table.

Border size
Sets the border size ot the table.

Alignment
Sets the alignment of the table (Left, Center, Right)

Editing Cell Properties

  1. Right click the Table.

  2. Click Table Properties.

  3. Click Cell Properties.

  4. The Cell Properties window will now be available for editing.

In Cell Properties you can configure Width and Height, Cell Type, Rows and Columns Span as well as if you want Word Wrap to be activated, how the text in the cell should be aligned as well as Background Color and Border Color.

Tip: If you want the cells to have equal width, choose percent in the drop down menu next to Width and type 25% (if you have four columns), this will give the value of 25% width to each column.

Item

Description

Cell Properties

Width
Sets the width of the cell in pixels or percent based metrics.

Height
Sets the height of the cell in pixels.

Word Wrap
If enabled, word wrap will automatically place long words on a new line instead of hyphenating them.

Horizontal Alignment
Sets the cells horizontal alignment. 

Vertical Alignment
Sets the cells vertical alignment.

Cell Type
Cell type defines what type of data the cell holds, where data is cell data and header is header data. 

Rows Span
Specifies the number of rows a cell should span.

Column Span
specifies the number of columns a cell should span.

Background Color
Defines the cells background color based on hexadecimal values.

Border Color
Defines the cell border color based on hexadecimal values.

Merge and split cells

Merging Cells

  1. Highlight the cells you wish to merge. 

  2. Right click on the selection.

  3. Select Cell.

  4. Click Merge Cells

Tip: Either select the text in the cells you want to merge and click Merge Cells in the Cell menu, or select text in one cell and click Merge Right or Merge Down.

Splitting cells

  1. Highlight the cell you wish to split and right click on the selection.

  2. Select Cell.

  3. Click on either Split Cell Horizontally or Split Cell Vertically.

Merging two tables

If you have two tables in the same Text Section you can merge these into one table.

  1. Right click inside the first table.
  2. Select Advanced.
  3. Click Merge with table below.

Note: If both tables have headers, the headers from the selected table will be used.

Sorting columns

Columns can be sorted both with ascending sorting and descending sorting. 

To sort a column select text in a cell in the column you want to sort, right click and go to Column and choose Sort Ascending or Sort Descending.
 


The above example would result in the following, i.e. Header 2 being sorted in ascending order.

Split an Merge sections

Split sections

Place your mouse cursor between the sections that should be splitted or mark the text you want to split into a new section, right click and choose Split section.

Merge Sections

To merge two text sections hold down Shift, then click, drag and drop the section into the section you want it to be merged into.

Insert Image

For a detailed description on how to insert images see the manual Image Editing.

Creating Links

For a detailed description of how to create links see the manual Link Editing.

Source

Using the Source function will display the text in html code. This should only be used by experienced users.

Click once to activate/deactivate it.


An example of the source code for a list and a table.

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