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Formatting paragraph text in CorelDRAW

Formatting paragraph text in CorelDRAW


Formatting paragraph text

CorelDRAW offers various formatting options for paragraph text. For example, you can fit text to a paragraph text frame. Fitting text to a frame increases or decreases the point size of text so that it fits the text frame exactly. You can also use columns to lay out text-intensive projects such as newsletters, magazines, and newspapers. You can create columns of equal or varying widths and gutters.

Applying drop caps to paragraphs enlarges the initial letter and insets it into the body of text. You can customize a drop cap by changing its settings. For example, you can change the distance between the drop cap and the body of text, or specify the number of lines of text you want to appear beside the drop cap. You can remove the drop cap at any point, without deleting the letter.

You can use bulleted lists to format information. You can have text wrap around bullets, or you can offset a bullet from text to create a hanging indent. CorelDRAW lets you customize bullets by changing their size, position, and distance from text. After you add a bullet, you can remove it without deleting the text.

You can add tabs to indent paragraph text. You can also remove tabs and change tab alignment. Setting trailing leader tabs automatically creates dots that precede the tab.

Indenting changes the space between a paragraph text frame and the text that it contains. You can indent an entire paragraph, the first line of a paragraph, all but the first line of a paragraph (a hanging indent), or from the right side of the frame. You can also remove an indent without deleting or retyping text.

Paragraph text frame formatting can be applied to selected frames only, selected frames and frames they are currently linked to, or to all selected and subsequently linked frames


Process to fit text to a paragraph text frame


To fit text to a paragraph text frame

  1. Select a paragraph text frame.

  2. Click Text Paragraph text frame Fit text to frame.

  •  If you fit text to linked paragraph text frames, the application adjusts the size of text in all of the linked text frames


Process to add columns to paragraph text frames


To add columns to paragraph text frames

  1. Select a paragraph text frame.

  2. Click Text Columns.

  3. Type a value in the Number of columns box.

  4. Specify the settings and options you want.

You can change the size of columns and gutters by dragging a side selection handle in the drawing window with the Text tool .


Process to add a drop cap


To add a drop cap

  1. Select the paragraph text.

  2. Click Text Drop cap.

  3. Enable the Use drop cap check box.

You can add a drop cap (left) or a hanging indent drop cap(right).

You can also


Specify the number of lines beside a drop cap

Type a value in the Number of lines dropped box.

Specify the distance between the drop cap and the body of text

Type a value in the Space after drop cap box.

Remove drop caps

Disable the Use drop cap check box.

Offset the drop cap from the body of text

Enable the Use hanging indent style for drop cap check box.

Preview the drop cap effect

Click Preview.


Process to add bullets


To add bullets

  1. Select the paragraph text.

  2. Click Text Bullets.

  3. Enable the Use bullets check box.

  4. In the Appearance area, choose a font from the Font list box.

  5. Open the Symbol picker, and click a symbol.

  6. Type a value in the Size box to specify the bullet size.

  7. Type a value in the Baseline shift box to specify the distance the bullet is shifted from the baseline.

  8. In the Spacing area, type a value in the Text frame to bullet box to specify the distance the bullet is indented from the paragraph text frame.

  9. Type a value in the Bullet to text box to specify the distance between the bullet and the text.

You can also


Add a bullet with a hanging indent

Enable the Use hanging indent style for bulleted lists check box.

Change the color of the bullet

Select the bullet with the Text tool  , and click a color on the color palette

Bullets are inserted at the beginning of each new line that is preceded by a return.


Process to add a tab


 To add a tab

  1. Select the paragraph text.

  2. Click Text Tabs.

  3. Click Add.

  4. Click the new cell in the Tabs column, and type a value.

You can also


Change the alignment of tabs

Click the cell in the Alignment column, and choose an alignment option from the list box.

Set tabs with trailing leader characters

Click the cell in the Leaders column, and choose On from the list box.

Delete a tab

Click the cell, and click Remove.

Change the default leader character

Click Leader options, open the Character picker, and click a character.

Change the default leader spacing

Click Leader options, and type a value in the Spacing box.

  • You can also add, move, or delete tabs on the horizontal ruler at the top of the drawing window. Click to add a tab, drag a tab marker to move it, and drag a tab marker off the ruler to delete it


Process to indent paragraph text


To indent paragraph text

  1. Select the paragraph text.

  2. In the Paragraph formatting docker, type values in the following boxes in the Indents area:

    • First line indents the first line of paragraph text

    • Left creates a hanging indent in which all but the first line of text is indented

    • Right indents the right side of paragraph text
      If the Paragraph formatting docker isnt open, click Text Paragraph formatting.


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