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You can quickly create a new document with the document template of your choice. Choose
New | Create From Template... from the File menu, then make your selection of document template.
Drop caps

A drop cap (or a dropped capital) is usually a large capital letter at the beginning of a paragraph used to signify the starting point of a significant section or chapter of the document. It normally takes up the space of multiple lines of text:

Drop cap

To insert a new drop cap, click a paragraph where a drop cap should be created. Then choose the "Insert | Drop Cap..." menu The main menu or simply menu is a horizontal bar with clickable commands anchored to the top of the main window of Atlantis:

Main menu
command, or click the Insert drop cap Button image button of the Insert toolbar The 'Insert' toolbar . In the "Drop Cap" dialog, you can choose the drop cap's position:

Drop cap position

The "Dropped" position – the most common one – means that the drop will fit into the paragraph:

The 'Dropped' position of drop cap

With the "In margin" position, the drop cap displays to the left of the paragraph text (usually within the page margin):

The 'In margin' position of drop cap

With the "Lines to drop" and "Distance from text" options in the "Drop Cap" dialog, you can specify the drop cap's height, and the width of the blank space to the right of the drop cap:

The 'Lines to drop' and 'Distance from text' drop cap options

You can also specify a typeface for the drop cap:

Drop cap's typeface

If the "(current font)" option is selected, the drop cap will be formatted with the typeface currently used for the first character in the paragraph.

The "Insert drop cap" command converts the first character of the current paragraph into a drop cap. So before creating a drop cap, you should make sure that the target paragraph is not blank, and begins with a letter.

To apply additional font formatting to a drop cap – bold, color or highlight, select the drop cap in the document:

Selected drop cap

then use the "Format | Font..." menu The main menu or simply menu is a horizontal bar with clickable commands anchored to the top of the main window of Atlantis:

Main menu
command, or the commands of the Font toolbar The 'Font' toolbar to change the font formatting:

Drop cap with additional font formatting

To adjust the options of an existing drop cap (position, height, distance from text, typeface), click the drop cap in the document, then use the "Drop cap format" button of the "Drop cap" context toolbar:

The 'Drop cap format' button
Notes:

Tips:

  • You can insert multiple drop caps at once. To do so, select multiple fragments in the document as a multiple selection, then use the "Insert | Drop Cap..." menu The main menu or simply menu is a horizontal bar with clickable commands anchored to the top of the main window of Atlantis:

    Main menu
    command, or click the Insert drop cap Button image button of the Insert toolbar The 'Insert' toolbar . A drop cap would be created at the beginning of each of the selected fragments.
  • You can use more than one letter for your drop cap. Click right before an existing drop cap, and type more text:

    Adding text to a drop cap

    You can apply a different font format to the typed text through the "Format | Font..." menu The main menu or simply menu is a horizontal bar with clickable commands anchored to the top of the main window of Atlantis:

    Main menu
    command. For example, the double quote on the illustration below is formatted with a smaller font size and additional vertical offset:

    Character with additional font formatting
  • You can quickly adjust the formatting of all the drop caps in the document. First, press CtrlA to select all document text.

    To change the options of the drop caps (position, height, distance from text, typeface), use the "Drop cap format" button of the "Drop cap" context toolbar:

    The 'Drop cap format' button

    To change the font formatting (bold, font color, etc) of the drop caps, use the "Select drop cap" button of the "Drop cap" context toolbar:

    The 'Select drop cap' button

    then apply the desired formatting through the "Format | Font..." menu The main menu or simply menu is a horizontal bar with clickable commands anchored to the top of the main window of Atlantis:

    Main menu
    command, or the commands of the Font toolbar The 'Font' toolbar .
  • Document's drop caps are reported through the Reveal formatting panel of the Control Board:

    Drop caps reported through the 'Reveal formatting' panel

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