Styling and Formatting Text

This chapter discusses styling and formatting text: appearance, bulleted lists, etc.

Adding Text to a Document

Playwrite works like a standard word processor. Clicking on the artboard within the text margins will result in a flashing cursor where you can start typing text directly into your document.

Placeholder Text

You’ll notice that new documents contain placeholder text. Placeholder text is used to help you start your documents. At a quick glance, chapter headers, body paragraphs, and so forth are prefilled with what’s referred to as lorem ipsum text so you get an instant visualization of the structure and layout of a document.

You click to select the placeholder text and add your own. The placeholder’s original styling is preserved. If you want to change the style and size of the fonts, you can use the respective functions within the secondary toolbar as well as the text palette.

To add text to placeholder text, do this:

  1. Click the placeholder text to highlight it, and then type to add your own text. 

When placeholder text is clicked, the entire text area is highlighted.

Selecting Text

Before you format or perform other operations on text, you need to select the text you want to work with.

Here are ways to select text:

  • To select one or more characters, click and hold in front of the first character you want to select and drag the mouse to highlight it.
  • Double-click a word to select it.
  • Triple-click within a paragraph to select an entire paragraph.
  • To select all of the text in a document, choose Edit > Select All or press Command+A.
  • To select a block of text, click the beginning of the block that you want to select, hold down the Shift key, then click the end of the block.
  • To highlight a block of text from the cursor point to the beginning of a paragraph, hold down the Shift+Option key and press the Up Arrow key.
  • To highlight a block of text from the cursor point to the end of a paragraph, hold down the Shift+Option key and press the Down Arrow key.
  • To extend the selection of text one character at a time, hold down the Shift key and press the Left Arrow or Right Arrow key.
  • To extend the selection of text one line at a time, hold down the Shift key and press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow key.

Deleting, Copying, and Pasting Text

You can delete, copy, and paste text using the Edit Menu or keyboard commands.

Here are ways to edit text:

  • To copy or cut and paste text, select the text and choose Edit > Copy (Command+C) or Edit > Cut (Command+X).
  • To paste the text you just copied or cut, place the cursor in the desired target location and choose Edit > Paste or press Command+V.

 All text pasted into Playwrite will appropriate the document’s styling attributes.
  • To delete text, select the text and choose Edit > Delete or press the Delete key. 

If you delete text by an accident, choose Edit > Undo or press Command+Z to revive it.

 The Copy or Cut command uses something called a Clipboard. It holds the contents of what was copied or cut until you overwrite it with a more recent selection or you turn your computer off. The Clipboard thus only hold one selection at a time.

Making Text Bold, Italic, or Underlined

Once text is selected, you can make it bold or italic or underlined through one of these options.

Here are ways to make text bold, italic, or underlined:

  • Format menu: after selecting some text or clicking where you want to type new text, choose Format > Font > Bold, Italic, or Underline (Command+B, or I, or U);
  • Secondary Toolbar: after selecting some text or clicking where you want to type new text, use the Secondary Toolbar controls to change text appearance;
  • Fonts window: choose Format > Font > Show Fonts (Command+B), and then use the appropriate options in the Fonts window to make text bold, italic, or underlined.

Chaning Text Size

You can change the size of text in precise increments to make it larger or smaller.

To make highlighted text bigger or smaller:

  1. Hightlight the text you want to resize;
  2. To change the text size in 1-point increments, choose Format > Font > Bigger or Smaller;
  3. In the Fonts window, specify a size for the highlighted text using the Size controls;
  4. In the Secondary Toolbar, select the Font size dropdown menu and then select a font size.

Changing Fonts

When text is selected, quickly change font family and type.

The Secondary Toolbar, the Fonts window, and the Format menu gives you extensive control over fonts. Use the respective controls and typography settings to customize the appearance of your text.

To modify the font of selected text:

  • In the Fonts window, select a font style in the Family column, and then select the typeface in the Typeface column. 

If you don’t see the font families you think are installed on your computer, type the name of the font family in the search field at the bottom of the window or select All Fonts in the Collections column. 

You can preview the selected font in the preview pane at the top of the Fonts window. If the preview pane is not shown, choose Show Preview from the Action pop-up menu located in the lower-left corner of the Fonts window.
  • In the Secondary Toolbar, choose the Font family dropdown menu and select the desired font. 

You’ll notice that a group of font families are organized at the top: Recommended Serif Types and Recommended Sans Serif Types. These fonts are best for eBook publishing, since they are directly rendered within at least one commercially available eBook eReader system.

Next to the Font Family dropdown menu is the Typeface dropdown menu, where you can change the typeface of the font. 

If you don’t see a font listed in the Font family dropdown menu, it may not be installed on your computer. Check Applications > Font Book to view all installed font families on your computer. Additional fonts can be found and obtained online.
  • You can adjust the typography settings of a selected font by choosing Typography from the Action pop-up menu. Click the disclosure triangles next to each of the typography effects to see and select the different options that are available for the selected font.

Changing Text Colors

You can easily change the color of a font or its background color by using the Secondary Toolbar, the Format menu, the Text palette, or the Fonts window.

You can change the color of existing text or its background color by first highlighting a targeted block of text. Alternatively, you can change the text color or the text background color at a cursor point where typing text will be attributed with that color.

Here are ways to change the color as well as the background color of text:

  • Secondary Toolbar: choose the Text Color button next to the Font size dropdown and select your desired color from the Color Window. 

Choose the Text Background Color button next to the Text Color button to apply a highlight color to a character or block of text;
  • Format menu: choose Format > Font > Show Colors (Shift+Command+C) and then select the desired color from the Color Window;
  • Text palette: choose the Text tab and then select the Text Color button or the Background button to apply color attributes to your text;
  • Fonts window: choose Format > Font > Show Fonts and then select the Text Color selector (third from left of window) and choose the desired color.

Creating a list:

To create a list:

  1. Place the insertion point where you want the list to begin.
  2. Open the Text palette > Text tab if it isn’t already open.
  3. Select from an unordered list or an ordered list (numbers).
  4. From the Bullet style options, change the color of the list as well as the symbol type or number type.
    The Bullet style type dropdown allows you to select different symbols for unordered lists, or different numbers like roman numerals for unordered lists. To type the standard bullet symbol (•), type Option+8.
  5. To end a list, press Return, and then select none from the Bullet style dropdown.


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