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Character Tab

Adjust the following parameters:

Specifies the font and font style used in the selected text. Click the dropdown arrow to view a list of available fonts and styles. The font style list will be disabled if the font has only one style.

If you select the font field and begin typing a font name, the software will take you to the font that starts with the letters you typed. (For example, if you type tim, the search will stop on Times New Roman.)

To change fonts currently in use, select the text and do one of the following:

  • From the Character tab dropdown lists, locate and select the desired font and style.
  • In the Main menu, click Text, point to Font; then locate and select the desired font and style.
  • In the Main menu, click Text, point to Font and select Modify, locate and select the desired font; then click Apply.

    (See Modifying the Fonts in Use for more information.)

Font Size. Adjusts the height of the selected text.

The height is that of a reference character (X by default). (See Text Preferences (Windows only) for instructions on how to change the default reference character.)

Character Width. Adjusts the width of the selected text.

The width can be displayed in units (in, cm, mm, ) or as a percentage of the original character width. (See Text Preferences (Windows only) for instructions on how to change the display mode.)

Character Slant. Sets the percentage of slant for the selected text.

Character Orientation. Changes the orientation of the selected text. Click to rotate the characters 90 degrees.

Tracking. Adjusts the spacing between characters (also known as Tracking).

The tracking can be displayed in units (in, cm, mm, ) or as a percentage. (See Text Preferences (Windows only) for instructions on how to change the display mode.)

0.000 is the default value for Units mode, 100% the default for Percentage mode. Wider spacing is achieved by selecting or entering positive values and narrower spacing by negative values.

Vertical Offset. Changes the amount of vertical offset applied to characters.

Horizontal Offset. Changes the amount of horizontal offset applied to characters.

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Line Spacing. Adjusts the amount of spacing between lines of text.

Automatic/Manual Line Spacing. Lets you choose between Automatic (default) and Specify. When Specify is selected, the Line Spacing field is enabled, allowing you to specify the amount of space between lines.

These fields are not available for Horizontal and Vertical Path Text.

See Also

Editing Attributes in DesignCentral

DesignCentral - Paragraph tab