About and Working with Them
Content Blocks are used to build Lesson pages
They chunk and present content visually. They help you the developer establish and maintain a logical flow. They help the instructor the same way musical notes help a musician. Here is an example of a two-page spread from a lesson in a facilitator guide.
This example is showing a 3-column page layout and was created with the Elegant Collection.
About Content Blocks
Content Blocks are table rows that contain either 2 or 3 cells. You choose which table setup you prefer as you start a new guidebook, either 2-column or 3-column. LeaderGuide Pro will set your guidebooks to the same setup throughout, either all 2-column or all 3-column. Do not mix 2-column and 3-column page layouts.
Tip: Try your content both ways to see which layout you prefer. If you start a guidebook as 3-column and decide you would rather use the 2-column layout, simply use the LGPro Special Extract function to Extract All into a new 2-column document. Or, if you are using 2-column and wish you had 3-column, do an Extract All into a new 3-column document.
Here is an example of a 2-column Say Block from the Default Collection.
Here is an example of a 3-column Say Block from the Elegant Collection.
Both examples are shown with Word's Paragraph Marks turned on. These are non-printing characters that you do not see when you print or PDF the files.
The first cell is always dedicated to an LGP icon and nothing else.
The exceptions to this rule are:
- If you choose to import slides as thumbnails, the slide images are placed in column one instead of the slide icon.
- LGP Slide blocks include Slide # text above the slide icon. The numbers are managed dynamically by LGPro. They are necessary for the Slide Replace function.
- If you Sync content and request that Participant Guide page number references be placed into the Facilitator Guide, the page numbers are placed below the icons.
The second and third cells are available for you to use to add your instructional content and images. Add text by typing or pasting. Use Paste Special for content copied from other documents. Add images using the LGPro Special Picture Images or PowerPoint functions; or by using Word's Insert > Picture function. Do not float images within cells.
The Content Block cell widths are set in inches by LeaderGuide Pro to build documents that meet the page layout specification selected when the new guidebook is started. Do not manually alter the cell widths. "Wide" and "Regular" refer to the usable space on the page.
In a 3-column document the cell widths are:
- Cell 1 is 1.2"
- Cell 2 is 4.0"
- Cell 3 is 2.1"
In a 2-column wide document the cell widths are:
- Cell 1 is 1.2"
- Cell 2 is 6.1"
In a 2-column regular document the cell widths are:
- Cell 1 is 1.2"
- Cell 2 is 5.13"
Cell 1 of each Content Block contains the LGP style associated with the block icon.
Cells 2 and 3 contain the two main LGP styles.
- The first paragraph is always LGP Title.
- The second paragraph is always LGP Text.
The LGP style associated with the paragraph your cursor is at will apply automatically as you start typing.The same is true if you use the Paste Special button in the Text/Table formatting group to paste content in.
The idea is to start with a brief attention getting headline, followed by the instructional content. In some cases the LGP Content Blocks include a block headline in the LGP Title style.
Working with Content Blocks
Always add Content Blocks by clicking on the ribbon icon associated with the block you want to use.
Hover over the ribbon icons to see the block names. Never copy and paste icons over one another because this will negatively affect the LGPro automation functions.
Cursor placement is important when adding blocks. Wherever your cursor is on a page, a Content Block will be inserted immediately below. To add a block in between two existing blocks, place your cursor in the block above the spot where you want your new block to insert and then click the ribbon icon for the block you need.
The Content Block icons that appear on your pages as you add blocks are determined by the Collection in use. LeaderGuide Pro Plus includes three Collections. Elements includes two Collections. Each Collection has its own unique set of Content Bock icons. All of the Content Block and ribbon icons are customizable in LeaderGuide Pro Plus.
If you do not like the look of a particular icon in the Collection you are using, make a note of the icon name so that you can find it in your Collection and customize it to an image you prefer. Use the block as is until you complete your customizing. Then, once your custom Collection is ready all you need to do is use the LGPro Attach function to update the icons to your preferences.
Some of the Content Blocks come in with headlines. The block headlines are customizable. You can edit or remove the existing ones and you can add your own custom headlines to other blocks.
Use the Auto Correct function in the Text/Table formatting group to do this. In the Auto Correct dialog, type in a "z" to get to the list of LGP Icons. All of the icon names start with zLGPIcon followed by the icon descriptor. Find the one you want to modify, click on it and it will populate the line where you typed the z. In the second cell of that line type in what you prefer as the block headline. Leave "plain text" selected, click Replace, and confirm.
Add Content by typing, pasting or inserting. The idea is to chunk the content into relevant blocks to visually cue the trainer and make it easier to follow during the live training delivery. For instance if you have paragraphs of text that include something the trainer is to say and an activity the trainer is to run and some key points about what has just been said and done, then distribute the paragraphs across a Say block, an Activity block and a Key Points block.
When working with content from other sources:
- Clear all formatting before copying the content.
- Use Paste Special when pasting into your lesson page.
- Paste multiple paragraphs of copied text onto a lesson page at a paragraph mark outside of a block, in the location where you want the content.
- Separate the first chunk of content with paragraph marks (hit enter on your keyboard)
- Highlight the first chunk of content and click on the ribbon icon for the block you want to put the content into.
- The block will add to the page and your content will be inside of it.
This same Speed method can be used when you Attach to a copy of a source document. Before you attach, use Word's Clear Formatting function. After you attach, select all and apply the LGP Text style by clicking on the LGP Text button in the text table formatting group. Then, add a Module or Lesson and then start moving the content into blocks by highlighting content chunks and adding the blocks from the ribbon.
If CONTENT BURIES Or A BLOCK JUMPS TO THE NEXT PAGE
When you add content to a block and:
- it jumps to the next page, or
- it buries into the bottom of the block on the lesson page
This is happening because there is too much much content in the block for the page to hold.
To fix this place your cursor in the offending block and click on the Flow Table button in the Text/Table Formatting group. This will allow the content to flow across pages. Depending on the nature of the content you may want to consider breaking it up into more than one block.
to Move or Remove a block
Content Blocks are table rows so you can copy and paste them like any other table row. To remove a block you can use Word's Cut function or Word's Delete Row function.
Best Practice: Add Word's Delete Row function to your Quick Access Toolbar. To Cut, you must select the entire row, including the end of row symbol.
About Nesting or Adding other Tables
To Nest a Table
To nest tables inside a Content Block use the Table button in the Text/Table group on the LGPro ribbon. This adds a Nested Table Block with a Table icon and an LGPro formatted nested table.
To add rows use the Add Row button in the Table drop down menu or right click in a row and select Insert row above or below.
Even though this may mean that you need to re-create a table that exists elsewhere it is a significantly more secure and stable method than copying and pasting in tables from other sources. Here is an example of what the nested table block looks like.
To add Tables that are not content blocks
To add tables outside of a Content Block use the Table button in the Text/Table group on the LGPro ribbon. This adds a paragraph mark to break your lesson table flow followed by the type of table you selected.
The best way to add rows is to use the Add Row button in the Table drop down menu. You can also use the "right click" method but you will need to also add a character at the start o the row, like the red z's you see in the example below. This is needed for the LGPro Extract function.
The LGP Table Text styles can be customized in the Style Guide of the Collection in use.