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Change text style

In seven of the eight function groups in the Text style module, you will find this and the icon described next in the bottom row. The Change text style icon allows you to apply style changes to the selected text and if desired also to include a new style in the text style list. If you have not selected any text when you click on this icon, Calamus will ask if you want to apply the new style to the entire piping chain. Changes in text style will not take effect until you click on this icon. This function is not restricted to the current function group; you can choose a different font in the Fonts selection function group, then select a smaller font size in the Font size group, then click there on the Change text style icon. Calamus will then apply both changes at the same time.

Smart mode

If you have activated the so-called Smart mode for text style changes in the function group Style list in the dialog Text style list parameters, a click on this icon only changes the current text style parameters for the current text area. (Current text area can be a marked text block, the whole content of a text frame or the whole content of a text pipe.) The other text style attributes of already existing styles are conserved then.

Sample:
You have used 20 different text styles (Frutiger bold 20 pt black, Times 12 pt green, Garamond 14 pt 50% gray, etc.). Now you want to change all text styles in the way that all styles use the Baskerville font only – all other style attributes shall remain.

Chose the first function group (Font selection), select the wanted font and click on Change text style. Then the text will be redrawn, while font sizes, colours etc. are still the same. Only the font face has been changed.

(See more explanations for the Smart mode in the chapter Style list.)

List mode

If the Misc. settings dialog (called by Text style list parameters icon of the Text style list function group) has the List radio button active for Edit text style, the altered text style will be included automatically in the text style list if you click on New or press [Return] in the following alert dialog – naturally only if it is not present already. You will then see the following dialog:

This admittedly very comprehensive dialog will be described fully further below.

Calamus makes a sensible suggestion for the name of the new text style. With the [Cancel] button in the lower right corner of the dialog you can also abort the complete Change text style function.

Tip: Too many different text styles in a document is hard on the eye and difficult to work with. A good guideline is the length of the text style list: As soon as you have to scroll because there are more styles than fit in the window, you should think about restyling your document and deleting superfluous text styles.

If the new style is present more than once in the list already, a selection box appears listing the corresponding styles. Here you can choose which of these is to be assigned to the selected text. This function is useful, for instance, if you originally wanted to use text styles with the same name for titles, body copy and footnotes, but also wish to leave open the possibility for subsequent changes. To do this, first define a text style and copy this twice (see below, Add text style to list function) and change the name to suit. Now you only have to ensure that you assign the correct style to the appropriate parts of the text. By changing the text style in the list you can then alter all titles, body copy or footnotes at once.


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