two separate dialogs related to text formatting.
modify the formatting such as font, font effects and so on, select
the text in the shape and then go to Format
> Character. This is covered in Chapter 3.
determine how the text which is added to a line or a shape behaves,
use the settings on the Text dialog, as described in this section.
formatting text, add it to the object (a shape or a line):
the object to which text will be added.
the green (or blue) resizing handles showing, double-click on the
object and wait for the cursor to become an I-beam or just start
the text. When finished, click somewhere outside the object or
format the text in a shape:
the object to which text was added.
Format > Text
or right-click on the shape and select Text
from the pop-up menu. The Text dialog (Figure 108) is displayed.
The top section of
the dialog offers several options in the form of checkboxes. Some of
the checkboxes will be grayed out, depending on the object to which
the text will be attached.
Fit width to text
to expand the width of the shape or line if the text is longer than
Word wrap text in shape
to automatically start a new line when the edge of the shape is
Fit height to text
to expand the object height whenever it is smaller than the text
(set by default for lines.
Resize shape to fit text
to expand a custom shape when the text inserted in the shape is too
Fit to frame to
expand the text so that it fills all the available space.
Adjust to contour
to make the text follow a curved line.
to borders section, specify the amount of space to
be left between the border of the shape or line and the text; this
is similar to the settings for indentation and spacing for
text anchor grid is used to decide where to anchor the text. The
checkbox determines if the anchoring should be performed to the full
width of the shape.
this page to specify special effects applied to the text. Choose
between four options in the list and where applicable the direction
of the effect picking one of the four arrow buttons to the right.
The available effects are:
the text will blink on the screen.
through: the text will move into the shape and then out
following the chosen direction.
back and forth: the text will not exit the shape border
and move first in the chosen direction.
in: the text will scroll in towards the given direction
starting from the edge of the shape.
default no animation is applied.
other properties that can be set are:
inside checkbox: when set the animation will start from
inside the shape.
visible when editing checkbox: set this box to see the
text while editing.
cycles: includes three further options to set the
frequency of the animation, the increments between two positions of
the animation and finally the delay before the animation starts.
see some of the animations in action, it is necessary to start the
presentation. Press F9
or select Slide Show >
Slide Show from the main menu. To return to the edit
mode, press Esc.