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The Reveal Formatting panel of the Control Board

General information

The Reveal Formatting panel displays with a click on the corresponding button Button image at the top of the Control Board The Control Board is a component of the Atlantis GUI that brings together various tools and commands for document design. It is a set of panels each of which deals with one specific characteristic of the active document:

Control Board

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This panel can be used to examine documents for various types of formatting mistakes and inconsistencies, and fix them:

The Reveal Formatting panel of the Control Board


To examine the formatting of the current document selection or of the entire document, choose the corresponding option from the drop-down list at the top of the panel:

Scope of the Reveal Formatting

Note that when revealing formatting for whole document, the report doesn't include the formatting of document headers and footers. To reveal formatting of a specific header or footer, open it for editing first.


The reported information can include hyperlinks to various fragments of the document. For instance:

Fragment hyperlinks

Clicking these hyperlinks selects the corresponding fragments in the document.

But when the Mouse Hover Previews option is checked in the settings menu of the Control Board:

Mouse Hover Previews

and you just hover the mouse over any of those hyperlinks, Atlantis would preview each of the corresponding fragments in the document window without actually selecting them:

The Reveal Formatting panel previews

Report categories

Information reported by the Reveal Formatting panel is divided into categories:

Reveal formatting - categories

To expand or collpase individual categories, click the corresponding boxes to the left of a category caption:

Expand or collapse categories

To quickly collapse or expand all the categories, you can right-click the Reveal Formatting panel, and choose the corresponding command from the menu:

Expand or collapse all categories


If you use paragraph styles to maintain your document formatting, and would like to know which fragments of your document have a formatting inconsistent with the associated paragraph styles, make sure that the Report only direct formatting option is checked at the top of the Reveal Formatting panel:

Report only direct formatting

When this option is checked, the Font formatting and Paragraph formatting categories report the document fragments whose formatting is inconsistent with the styles associated with those fragments:

Direct formatting

Each reported fragment with direct formatting is followed by a button that can be used to remove direct formatting of the fragment:

Remove direct formatting

If the reported direct formatting of a document fragment is what you would like to become the default formatting of the associated style, click the corresponding button:

Include direct formatting in style


If you uncheck the Report only direct formatting option at the top of the Reveal Formatting panel, the Font formatting and Paragraph formatting categories will report any type of formatting regardless of its source and relation to paragraph styles. The reported document fragments will be grouped according to individual font and paragraph attributes. For example, the Font formatting category might report fragments formatted with different fonts, then different font sizes, then bold, and so on:

Font formatting attributes

Any reported formatting of document fragments can be modified directly through the Reveal formatting panel:

Modify formatting


If the document contains styles that are currently not used by any paragraph of the document, the Styles category would report those unused styles:

Unused styles

You could delete individual unused styles, or all unused styles with one mouse click:

Delete unused styles


The Objects and special characters category reports pictures, tables, tab characters, page breaks, fields, and other objects and special characters contained in the document:

Reported objects

Commands of the Reveal Formatting panel

The toolbar at the bottom of the Reveal Formatting panel includes the following commands:

Command Button Description
Find similar font formatting Button image Selects all the document fragments whose font formatting matches the formatting of the current document selection.
Find similar paragraph formatting Button image Selects all the document fragments whose paragraph formatting matches the formatting of the current document selection.
Find similar font and paragraph formatting Button image Selects all the document fragments whose font and paragraph formatting matches the formatting of the current document selection.
Compare formatting Button image Compares formatting of two fragments selected in the document as a multiple selection.

If there is no selection in the document, you are invited to select a first, then a second fragment for Atlantis to compare.

The formatting differences (if any) are reported within the Reveal Formatting panel:

Formatting differences

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