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Program Options - Editor

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You can access the Editor settings quickly by right-clicking in the ruler above the editor window. This also provides quick access to the paragraph settings dialog.

These options adjust the appearance and behavior of the Help+Manual editor.



Ruler units:

You can select pixels, inches, centimeters or points. Pixels are recommended for maximum accuracy – Help+Manual handles all sizes internally in pixels and all other units must be converted.

Display a vertical ruler:

Display a vertical ruler to the left of the editor as well as a horizontal ruler.

Show paragraph and text marks in editor:

Show spaces:

Makes tabs, paragraph end marks and spaces visible in the editor. This can be useful for identifying formatting problems. Can also be switched on and off with BTN_paramarks in Write > Paragraph .

Disable zoom and scale text only:

Turns off the global zoom feature in the Help+Manual editor so that only text is scaled. All other elements (graphics, tables etc) are then no longer scaled.

Font settings for XML and HTML editors:

Allows you to select a different font for the XML source code editor and the HTML code editors used for HTML templates, HTML code objects etc.

Only fixed-space console fonts like Courier New or Lucida Console will look good in these editors.

Smart selection:

When you select text Help+Manual tries to automatically select at whole word boundaries to make selectin easier and more accurate. In some languages like Japanese this can cause problems, because they do not have the same kind of white space word boundaries as Western European languages.

This option lets you turn this off when working in languages like this.

Live preview for styles:

When this is activated you will get a live preview of what the currently selected text will look like when formatted with styles when you scroll through styles in the style selector tool in the ribbon toolbar. You can turn this feature off if you find that it makes style selection slower.

Show strong table grid lines in edit mode:

Uses darker and slightly thicker grid lines to show the borders of tables. Can be useful to make tables more visible on some monitors.

Automatically detect URLs while typing text:

When this setting is active Internet URLs and email addresses will automatically be turned into Internet links as you type.

Auto-replace blanks in topic IDs with character:

Topic IDs containing blanks and some special characters would be invalid. By default, Help+Manual replaces the blanks and other illegal characters with hyphens. You can use this setting to change the character used.

We recommend using either hyphens (-) or underscores (_). You can use other characters, but if you select an illegal character it won't be used. Instead, the blank or illegal character in the ID will simply be deleted and not replaced.

Automatically manage topic bookmarks for every comment:

When this is selected creating a new comment automatically also creates a new bookmark for the current topic, using the beginning of the comment text as the bookmark label.

All the bookmarks will be listed in the Bookmarks tool but they will all link to the top of the topic. Deleting comments will also delete the linked bookmarks.

Apply status to new topics:

Choose a status (highlight color and name) to be applied to new topics automatically. Note that only the standard status settings (Needs Review, Out of Date, Under Construction) can be used for this. User-defined status settings are stored with your project, not with your program settings, and are thus not available here.

After changes set status to:

Automatically change the topic status to the value you specify after editing changes have been made.

Display color for read-only TOC items:

Sets a custom color for highlighting read-only topics and other items in the TOC. This is mainly relevant for multi-user editing and can make locked topics easier to identify in the TOC.

See also:

Project Configuration Settings

Options & Keyboard Shortcuts