Formatting paragraph text


Formatting paragraph text

CorelDRAW offers various formatting options for paragraph text. For example, you can fit text to a paragraph text frame. Fitting text to a frame increases or decreases the point size of text so that it fits the text frame exactly. You can also use columns to lay out text-intensive projects, such as newsletters, magazines, and newspapers. You can create columns of equal or varying widths and gutters.

Applying drop caps to paragraphs enlarges the initial letter and insets it into the body of text. You can customize a drop cap by changing its settings. For example, you can change the distance between the drop cap and the body of text, or specify the number of lines of text you want to appear next to the drop cap. You can remove the drop cap at any point, without deleting the letter.

You can use bulleted lists to format information. You can have text wrap around bullets, or you can offset a bullet from text to create a hanging indent. CorelDRAW lets you customize bullets by changing their size, position, and distance from text. After you add a bullet, you can remove it without deleting the text.

You can add tab stops to indent paragraph text, remove tab stops, and change the alignment of tab stops. You can also set tab stops with trailing leader characters, so that dots automatically precede the tab stops.

When adding drop caps, bullets, tab stops, and columns, you can save time by previewing all the changes you make before committing to them. When you preview the changes, they are temporarily applied directly to the text in the drawing window. You can see exactly how the new settings would affect your drawing if they were applied.

Indenting changes the space between a paragraph text frame and the text that it contains. You can indent an entire paragraph, the first line of a paragraph, all but the first line of a paragraph (a hanging indent), or from the right side of the frame. You can also remove an indent without deleting or retyping text.

You can change the formatting of selected paragraph text frames, or of selected frames plus the frames with which they are currently linked. For information about setting these options, see “To choose formatting options for paragraph text frames.”


To fit text to a paragraph text frame

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Select a paragraph text frame.
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Click Text CorelDRAW onestep Formatting paragraph text Paragraph text frame CorelDRAW onestep Formatting paragraph text Fit text to frame.

CorelDRAW note Formatting paragraph text

 
If you fit text to linked paragraph text frames, the application adjusts the size of text in all the linked text frames. For more information about linking frames, see “Combining and linking paragraph text frames.”

To add columns to paragraph text frames

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Select a paragraph text frame.
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Click Text CorelDRAW onestep Formatting paragraph text Columns.
If you want to see how the columns will appear when they are applied to the text, enable the Preview check box.
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Type a value in the Number of columns box.
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Specify the settings and options you want.

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You can change the size of columns and gutters by using the Text tool CorelDRAW loc pgx text tool Formatting paragraph text to drag a side selection handle in the drawing window.

To add a drop cap

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Select the paragraph text.
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Click Text CorelDRAW onestep Formatting paragraph text Drop cap.
If you want to see how the drop cap will appear when it is applied to the text, enable the Preview check box.
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Enable the Use drop cap check box.

CorelDRAW text dropcaps Formatting paragraph text

You can add a drop cap (left) or a hanging indent drop cap (right).

You can also
Specify the number of lines next to a drop cap
Type a value in the Number of lines dropped box.
Specify the distance between the drop cap and the body of text
Type a value in the Space after drop cap box.
Remove drop caps
Disable the Use drop cap check box.
Offset the drop cap from the body of text
Enable the Use hanging indent style for drop cap check box.


To add bullets

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Select the paragraph text.
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Click Text CorelDRAW onestep Formatting paragraph text Bullets.
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Enable the Use bullets check box.
If you want to see how the bullets will appear when they are applied to the text, enable the Preview check box.
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In the Appearance area, choose a font from the Font list box.
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Open the Symbol picker, and click a symbol.
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Type a value in the Size box to specify the bullet size.
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Type a value in the Baseline shift box to specify the distance the bullet is shifted from the baseline.
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In the Spacing area, type a value in the Text frame to bullet box to specify the distance the bullet is indented from the paragraph text frame.
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Type a value in the Bullet to text box to specify the distance between the bullet and the text.

You can also
Add a bullet with a hanging indent
Enable the Use hanging indent style for bulleted lists check box.
Change the color of the bullet
Select the bullet with the Text tool CorelDRAW loc pgx text tool Formatting paragraph text, and click a color on the color palette.

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Bullets are inserted at the beginning of each new line that is preceded by a return.

To add a tab stop

CorelDRAW btnbacktotop Formatting paragraph text
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Select the paragraph text.
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Click Text CorelDRAW onestep Formatting paragraph text Tabs.
If you want to see how the tab stops will appear when they are applied to the text, enable the Preview check box.
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Click Add.
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Click the new cell in the Tabs column, and type a value.

You can also
Change the alignment of tab stops
Click the cell in the Alignment column, and choose an alignment option from the list box.
Set tab stops with trailing leader characters
Click the cell in the Leaders column, and choose On from the list box.
Delete a tab stop
Click the cell, and click Remove.
Change the default leader character
Click Leader options, open the Character picker, and click a character.
Change the default leader spacing
Click Leader options, and type a value in the Spacing box.

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You can also add, move, or delete tab stops on the horizontal ruler at the top of the drawing window. Click to add a tab stop, drag a tab marker to move it, and drag a tab marker off the ruler to delete it. For information about rulers, see “Using the rulers.”

To indent paragraph text

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Select the paragraph text.
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In the Paragraph formatting docker, click the Indents roll-down arrow.
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Type values in the following boxes:
First line — indents the first line of paragraph text
Left — creates a hanging indent in which all but the first line of text is indented
Right — indents the right side of paragraph text
If the Paragraph formatting docker isn’t open, click Text CorelDRAW onestep Formatting paragraph text Paragraph formatting.

CorelDRAW tip Formatting paragraph text

 
You can remove indents by typing 0 in the First Line, Left, and Right boxes.
 
You can indent an entire paragraph by typing the same value in the First line box and the Left box.