Paragraph Attributes

A paragraph is a range of text followed by a paragraph return. The appearance of a paragraph is dependent on its paragraph attributes. The most common paragraph attributes are indents, tabs, alignment and leading.

PageStream does not force you to apply paragraph attributes to paragraphs only; you can apply different paragraph attributes to ranges of characters within a paragraph.

Some paragraph attributes take effect only when applied to the first character in a paragraph. To avoid confusion, apply paragraph attributes to entire paragraphs. (Triple click in a paragraph to select it.)

To change paragraph attributes for selected paragraphs: Select the paragraphs to change with the ''Text tool''. Choose the appropriate ''Type'' menu command or select its equivalent from the ''Paragraph'' view of the ''Edit palette''.

If you want to apply paragraph attributes to separate paragraphs, you should consider using paragraph styles to save time.

To change the attributes for all text formatted with a paragraph style: Hold down Shift while choosing a style from the ''Paragraph Styles'' submenu in the ''Type'' menu to display the ''Paragraph Style'' dialog box. Modify the attributes and click ''OK''. All text formatted with that style will change automatically.

NoteMacOS Users: Hold down Shift prior to pressing the mouse button.

SectionParagraph attributes
  • ''Tabs'': Choose to set, move and delete tab stops.
  • ''Paragraph Format'': Choose to set various paragraph formatting options.
  • ''Indents'': Set the left edge, right edge and first line indent of a paragraph from the edges of the column.
  • ''Paragraph Spacing'': Set the amount of space before and after the paragraph.
  • ''Paragraph Type'': Select to start the paragraph with a bullet character, drop cap or incremental number.
  • ''Paragraph Rules'': Select a horizontal rule before and/or after each paragraph.
  • ''Alignment'': Choose whether the paragraph is flush left, flush right, centered or justified.
  • ''Keep Together'': Choose whether an entire paragraph may not be broken between two columns of text, or the minimum number of lines which may be widowed (left in the first column) or orphaned (left in the second column).
  • ''Set Hyphenation'': Select to customize Auto Hyphenation options.
  • ''Auto Hyphenation'': Select to hyphenate the paragraph.

    Paragraph Spacing
    Paragraph Type
    Paragraph Rules
    Keep Together


Paragraph Attributes  Section  url:PGSuser/paragraph
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