Format Toolbar

Used with drawings or drawing layers in maps, the Format toolbar controls the color, style and size of areas, lines and points. Used with text components the Format toolbar controls the color and appearance of text labels in that layer. Used with images, the Format toolbar controls the color, style and size of painting tools. Note that the contents of this toolbar depend on what component window or map layer is active.

 

Images

 

The Format toolbar appears with images as a shortcut to settings in the Tool Properties pane. It is used to control the action of painting tools.

 

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Foreground color - The main color applied by the painting tool.

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Background color - Used with image editing effects where background color replaces some or all pixels.

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Style - Brush pattern or other tool style.

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Size - Size in pixels of the applied brush or other painting tool.

 

Drawings

 

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Areas Format - Foreground / background colors, Style and size for all areas in this drawing.

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Area Borders Format - Foreground / background colors, Style and size for all area borders in this drawing. While the 1/20th of a point value for border size works well for screen display it is wise to increase the thickness of area borders for printed materials since 1/20th of a point results in lines that are too thin for good visibility with most printers.

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Lines Format - Foreground / background colors, Style and size for all lines in this drawing.

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Points Format - Foreground / background colors, Style and size for all points in this drawing.

 

See the Formatting and Formatting Drawings topics for more information and detailed examples of use with drawings.

 

Themes

 

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The format toolbar for themes appears the same as for drawings, except that any formatting characteristics that are inherited from a parent drawing or theme are shown with corner brackets. The first format toolbar illustrated above shows formatting for a theme that has no inherited characteristics and the second format toolbar illustrated above shows a theme in which all characteristics are inherited.

 

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The above format comes from a theme in which all formatting characteristics for lines are inherited from a parent, while area and point formatting characteristics have been specified within the theme.

 

Labels

 

Formatting applied to a labels component (either in a labels window or in a labels layer in a map) applies throughout the entire component or layer.

 

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Font - Choose a font from those installed on this Windows system.

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Size - Font size.

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Bold - Boldface the font.

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Italic - Switch the font to italic (slanted) style.

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Underline - Underline the font.

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Align Text Left - Align text with an even left margin.

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Center Text - Center each text line in the label.

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Align Text Right - Align text with an even right margin.

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Label Foreground - The color used for the body of text letters.

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Label Border - The color used for borders in label styles that use borders.

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Label Background - Used as fill color in label boxes, shadows and other complementary color.

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Style - Label style.

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Label Rotation Angle - Sets rotation of labels, either in fixed degrees or under the control of a field value.

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Align Left - Place labels to left of tie points.

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Center Horizontally - Center labels horizontally on tie points.

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Align Right - Place labels to right of tie points.

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Align Top - Place labels above tie points.

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Center Vertically - Center labels vertically on tie points.

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Align Bottom - Place labels below tie points.

 

Alignment controls (Align Text Left, Center Text, Align Text Right and Justify) format multiple-line text to left margin, centered or right margin in the text object box.

 

The other Align controls adjust the position of the label object box relative to the tie point for the label.

 

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The left-center-right and top-center-bottom buttons can be combined, for example, to create a right-bottom alignment.

 

See the Labels topic for more on text labels.

 

Print Layouts - Text Boxes

 

Formatting applied to text box objects in a print layout applies to that object only. The text box must be selected for editing with a CTRL-ALT click to enable the format toolbar for that box.

 

images\tbar_format_text_layout.gif

 

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Font - Choose a font from those installed on this Windows system.

images\btn_format_text_size.gif

Size - Font size.

images\btn_format_text_bold.gif

Bold - Boldface the font.

images\btn_format_text_italic.gif

Italic - Switch the font to italic (slanted) style.

images\btn_format_text_under.gif

Underline - Underline the font.

images\btn_format_text_forecolor.gif

Foreground color - Used for body of letters.

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Background color - Used as fill color in text box. Invisible color is used by default.

images\btn_format_text_left.gif

Align Text Left - Align text with an even left margin.

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Center Text - Center each text line in the text box.

images\btn_format_text_right.gif

Align Text Right - Align text with an even right margin.

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Justify - Align text with even left and right margins.

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Align Top - Align text to top of text box.

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Center Vertically - Center text vertically in text box.

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Align Bottom - Align text to bottom of text box.

 

The Align and Center controls adjust the position of the text vertically and horizontally within the label box:

 

 

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Top

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Center

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Bottom

images\sc_layout_align_bottom.gif

 

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Left

images\sc_layout_align_left.gif

 

images\btn_format_text_right.gif

Right

images\sc_layout_align_right.gif

 

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Justify

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The left-center-right-justify and top-center-bottom buttons can be combined, for example, to create a right-bottom alignment.

 

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When only a few words are available, the Justify control does not create an elegant effect. It is much better if it has more words to work with on each line as seen above.