Define: Text Blocks - Fixed Width & Expanded

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Text Blocks: Fixed Width & Expanded

 

 

This mini tutorial is designed to show you the difference between Fixed Width Text Blocks and Expanded Text Blocks and how to change the Text Blocks form one form to another.

 


Expanding Width Text Block

 

Expanding Width Text Blocks are used for headings and other single lines of text like this:

To create an Expandable Text Block:

  1. Select the Text Tool:
  2. If your Property Inspector is not open, open it: Window > Properties > Properties (Ctrl F3)
  3. In the Property Inspector select: Static Text

    Note: Dynamic & Input Text is by default Fixed Width.

  4. Click once on the Stage (work area) and: Type

    Note: You can always tell an if a Text Block is Expandable by the circle icon in the right side:


    The circle on the left denotes an expandable Text Block.


    The circle can also be on the bottom left. See: Static, Dynamic & Input Text

    Important:

    1. To see the circle you must be in the Text Tool:
    2. The cursor must be in the Text Block - Click inside the Block. The cursor will Flash:


      The flashing cursor can be located anywhere within the Text Block.

    Note: If you can see a square instead of a circle double Click Square and it will become a Circle:


Fixed Width Text Block

Fixed Width Text Blocks are used for paragraphs of text like this:

To create a Fixed Width Text Block:

  1. Select the Text Tool:
  2. Drag the Text Tool across the Stage (work area) and: Type

Note: You will see the Text Block Expand out as you Drag:


A Fixed Width Text Block has a Square on the left side:


The Square on the left denotes a Fixed Width Text Block.


The square can also be on the bottom left. See: Static, Dynamic & Input Text


Converting From Expandable to Fixed Width:
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  1. Select the Text Tool:
  2. Click inside the Text Block so that you can see the Cursor Flash:
  3. Drag the circle:

Note: The Circle will convert to a Square and the Text block will become an Fixed Width Text Block.


Converting From Fixed Width to Expandable:
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  1. Select the Text Tool:
  2. Click inside the Text Block so that you can see the Cursor Flash:

  3. Double click the Square:

Note: The Square will convert to a circle and the Text block will become an Expandable Text Block.

 

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