The Format Palette Panel of the Control Board
The Format Palette panel displays with a click on the sixth button on the top toolbar of the Control Board:
Each item of the Format Palette is a named set of font or paragraph formatting characteristics that can be used to format document text:
The items (the formats) of the Format Palette can be used in two ways:
- You can use the desired format of the Format Palette to format a single isolated text fragment, or a column block, or a multiple selection in your document.
For this make a selection in the document, then double-click the desired format in the Format Palette panel.
- You can switch on the Format Brush and load the selected palette format. The Format Brush can then be used as if to "paint" fragments of document. The formatting characteristics associated with the loaded palette item will automatically be applied to the target fragments.
For this make sure that the document contains no selection (just click anywhere in your document, or press a cursor key), then double-click the desired format in the Format Palette panel, and start selecting text in your document. Press Esc when you are done to switch the Format Brush off.
Note that the Format Palette is also available as a drop-down menu attached to the Format Brush button on the Atlantis toolbars. You can use the two methods of formatting documents described right above, also through this drop-down menu. But instead of double-clicking items of the Format Palette displaying by this drop-down menu, a single click should be used.
You can use the Format Palette panel not only for formatting your documents with various formats from the Format Palette. You can also customize the Format Palette in any desired way. You can rename formats, change the characteristics they include, remove existing or create new formats. All this can be done through the toolbar at the bottom of the Format Palette panel (see at the bottom of this page for more details). You can also reorder the formats with the "Up" and "Down" arrow buttons at the bottom of the Format Palette panel:
When the Popup descriptions box at the bottom of the Format Palette panel is checked, the formatting details of the currently selected Format Palette item are displayed as popup hints:
The toolbar at the bottom of the Format Palette panel includes the following commands:
Add new format
Creates a new blank format which initially includes no formatting characteristics. You could use the Edit properties of highlighted format button (see below) to assign a name for a newly created format, and specify its formatting characteristics.
Pick new format from document
The mouse pointer is replaced with a special "Format Picker" pointer . When this mouse pointer is displaying, you can click any location in your document formatted in the desired way to pick the font formatting characteristics from that location, and create a new item in the Format Palette initialized with the picked formatting characteristics.
When this mouse pointer is displaying, you can press Esc or click the Pick new format from document button again to revert to the normal mode (to the standard mouse pointer).
Edit properties of highlighted format
Displays a menu allowing to change the name of the highlighted item of the Format Palette, its font formatting or paragraph formatting characteristics. This menu also allows to assign a hot key to the highlighted item of the Format Palette. When a hot key is assigned to an item of the Format Palette, the corresponding formatting characteristics can be applied at one go to any selection in the document window, simply by pressing the assigned hot key.
Delete format highlighted above
Deletes the highlighted item from the Format Palette.
Note that this operation cannot be automatically undone through the Undo command of Atlantis. However, you can restore a deleted clip from the Windows Recycle Bin if necessary. This is of course if you haven't disabled the Windows Recycle Bin on your system.
Restore default Format Palette
Restores the default Format Palette items which were available immediately after you installed Atlantis.
Apply highlighted format to document selection
Switch on Format Brush and load highlighted format
Switch off Format Brush
This command can display three different popup hints depending on whether there is a selection in the document, and whether the Format Brush mode is on:
- When the Format Brush mode is off, and the document includes a selection, you can use this command to apply the highlighted format to the document selection.
- When the Format Brush mode is off, and the document includes no selection, you can use this command to switch the Format Brush mode on, and load the highlighted format.
- When the Format Brush mode is on, you can use this button to switch this mode off. You can also press the Esc key.