LGPro Text and Table Formatting Tools
Because styles are so important to how LeaderGuide Pro works it makes sense to use the LGPro Text and Table formatting tools.
Every one of us knows how to direct format text in Word. Successful LeaderGuide Pro users change for the better by using the LGPro Text/Table formatting tools to apply and manage styles. And they control the attributes of the styles by modifying the Style Guides in their custom Collections. These two best practices ensure consistency and save time.
The LGPro Text Table Formatting group on the
LeaderGuide Pro ribbon.
The Text Buttons in the LGP Text/Table Formatting Group
Here is a breakdown of the text buttons in the LGP Text/Table Formatting group by what they do and how to use them.
LGP Title is always the first style in any of the LGPro Content Blocks. It is meant to sit within the body of your LGPro documents. It is a bold font and it's purpose is to call attention to the text that carries this style. Place your cursor in a line of text and click LGP Title to apply the LGP Title style. In the Default Collection LGP Title is Arial Bold. In the Elegant Collection LGP Title is Cambria Bold. In the Modern Collection LGP Title is Verdana Bold. In your custom Collection LGP Title can be any font you require, with any attributes you choose to assign.
LGP Text is always the second style in any of the LGPro Content Blocks. And it always applies to any new paragraph that follows LGP Title. It is meant to be the body text in your LGPro documents. Place your cursor in a line of text and click LGP Text to apply the LGP Text style. In the Default Collection LGP Text is Book Antiqua. In the Elegant Collection LGP Text is Calibri. In the Modern Collection LGP Text is Verdana. In your custom Collection LGP Text can be any font you require, with any attributes you choose to assign.
LGP Bullet adds a bullet to LGP Text. Place your cursor in a line of text and click LGP Bullet to apply the LeaderGuide Pro first level bullet style to a line of text. The formatting of the bulleted text is based on LGP Text style. To bullet multiple paragraphs highlight the paragraphs. To assign LGP Bullet to text you are about to paste in using Paste Special, place your cursor by a paragraph mark and click LGP Bullet and then click Paste Special. Once you apply LGP Bullet, every time you hit Enter to add a new line of text the bulleting will continue. To discontinue bulleting place your cursor in the bulleted line of text you want to change and click on LGP Text or LGP Title.
Promote moves any LGP style up to the previous style. For example to change LGP Text to LGP Title, place your cursor in the LGP Text style content and click on LGP Title.
Demote moves any LGP style down to the next level style. For example to change LGP Bullet 1 to LGP Bullet 2, place your cursor in the LGP Bullet 1 style content and click on Demote.
The Numbering buttons in the Text/Table Formatting group.
Here is a button by button description of the LGP Number style buttons.
Number applies a numbered list to selected text or a paragraph mark. Simply place your cursor at the spot where the first number is to apply. All numbered lists will start at 1. There are 9 levels associated with the Number style.
Promote moves numbered list items up through levels 9 to 1. Place your cursor by a numbered list item you wish to promote and click Promote. Click as many times as needed to reach your desired level.
Demote moves numbered list items down through levels 2 to 9. Place your cursor by a numbered list item you wish to demote and click Demote. Click as many times as needed to reach your desired level.
Restart changes the first number in a list to "1". Place your cursor by the first number in the list you wish to restart and click Restart. When clicked, Restart will offer the option to check all numbered lists in your document and restart all of them at 1. If you are in a big file with lots of numbered lists and they all should start at 1 it's a good idea to say "Yes" to this offer.
The additional style and page controls in the Text/Table formatting group.
Here is a button by button description of these key Text/Table Formatting buttons.
Paste Special strips out source formatting and pastes copied text in applying the LGP style in use at the insertion point. After copying content, place your cursor at the spot where you want to add it and click Paste Special.
Break Table allows you to get in between two LGP Content Blocks that are touching, known as contiguous table rows. Place your cursor in the Content Block immediately below the spot where you want to break the table, click Break Table and the Content Blocks will be separated by a paragraph mark. Note that breaking the contiguous flow of a Lesson table disrupts the application of the repeating Lesson name as the lesson rolls over to a new page. To correct for this, place your cursor in the block at the top of the nameless page an click the LGPro Continue button.
The Flow button allows a Content Block to flow across multiple pages. This comes in handy when a block you've added content to jumps over to the top of the next page. Or, when you paste in a lot of content and it gets buried in the bottom of the page. In either case, simply place your cursor anywhere in the offending block and click Flow.
Styles in your LGP Document
The Styles box always shows you the Style associated with the spot where your cursor is sitting. It also holds the list of the styles in use in your document, which you can access by clicking the drop down arrow.
Word's Styles Dialog
Click on the AA button to open Word's Styles dialog box. You need this when you are modifying styles in an LGPro Style Guide in a custom Collection.
Auto Correct opens Word's Auto Correct dialog box. Type in an = sign to see the list of all of the LGPro Instructional Term Shortcuts. You can use this to add your own shortcuts. You can also use this to customize the LGP Content Block headlines. To find the Content Blocks type in the letter z.
Table inserts 2, 3, and 4 column LGP formatted tables, as well as nested tables. To insert either type of table simply place your cursor in a Content Block or by a paragraph mark above the spot where you want your table. It will be inserted immediately below. Nested tables are inserted into a Table Content Block that includes a Table icon.
When you click Insert Table the contiguous flow of your Lesson table is broken by paragraph marks before and after your new table. The Table rows start with a non-printing red "z" to mark the rows for Extract. To insert a new row, place your cursor in one of your table rows and click Insert New Row. A new row will be added immediately below.