Solutions to Common Problems
A Fast Way to Customize & Add Lines
Let's say you'd like to add a set of 4 indented lines under each bulleted or numbered question or directive in your participant workbook.
There are a few ways to do this…
Option 1 - good for the occasional need:
- Use our line insert function to insert the blank lines.
- Select the lines and go to the Home tab and press the Indent button, which is in the Paragraph group.
Option 2 - good for a routine need:
A variation on above is to assign a keyboard shortcut such as Alt+Control+Shift+R to the “IncreaseIndent” command.
You might also create a shortcut for the “DecreaseIndent” command, maybe Alt+Control+Shift+R.
To make keyboard shortcuts:
- Go to File>Options>Customize Ribbon
- Choose the Customize Keyboard button, which is at the bottom of the dialog.
- Then from the new dialog that opens, scroll the Categories list box and choose the All Commands item.
- Then on the Commands box on the right locate those commands I’ve listed.
- Put your cursor in the new shortcut box and press the keys.
- I suggest you place this in the Normal template and not the LGPro template.
- When done, click the Assign button.
What this will now do is allow you to apply an indent to any line by using your keyboard command, without having to click on the Home tab.
Option 3 - also good for a routine need & Nancy's favorite
Another option is to perform #1 above and then select just the number of indented lines you always want to insert and save them as custom AutoCorrect, which automatically will be available in you LGPro documents AND in your Normal template.
I like using the AutoCorrect approach because it is so easy to use.
- In an open LGPro file, use the LGPro lines button to insert the number of lines you normally want to add into a block
- Use the Home tab Increase Indent button to indent the lines
- Highlight the lines and go back to the LGPro ribbon and click the Lightning Bolt (AutoCorrect button)
- Type in your shortcut, click Add, and click OK
Now, whenever you're in a block and type your shortcut and keep going.... your lines insert, properly indented.
Auto Text Variation on Option 3
Another option is to perform #1 above and then select just the number of indented lines you always want to insert and save them as custom AutoText, again in your system’s Normal template.
You can then assign the shortcut sequence to the saved AutoText, which will pop in the indented line on any open paragraph.
If you know how to use AutoText and prefer it, go for it!