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Tips & tricks: TextMaker

Setting the default font and size

If you do not want to start your documents in Times New Roman 10 pt but use a different font by default, this is easy to change. Simply right-click in the document window to open the context menu and select the menu entry Character. In the dialog box "Character", you can now choose your preferred font settings and make them your new default by clicking on the button Set as default. In the following dialog box, choose Change for all new documents based on the default template. All future documents that you base on the default template will now use the chosen font settings.


Setting other types of formatting as default

If you want to set a different default zoom level or paper size for all your future documents, proceed as follows: Open the default template Normal.tmvx using the File | Open command and make the desired changes. When done, save the document template. All future documents that you base on this template will use the chosen settings.


Changing the zoom level with the mouse

If you use a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can use it to quickly change the zoom level at which a document is displayed. Press the Ctrl button on your keyboard, keep it depressed and move the scroll wheel on your mouse up or down.


Use paragraph spacing!

Even if you think it is annoying, don't insert blank lines between paragraphs. Instead, set the spacing between paragraphs using Paragraph spacing before and Paragraph spacing after. You will find these options in the dialog boxes Paragraph and Paragraph style. Right-click in the document window and pick the respective command from the context menu. The advantage of paragraph spacing is that it lets TextMaker suppress unnecessary empty space at the tops and bottoms of pages.


Non-breaking spaces prevent undesired word wrapping

If you want to prevent two words from being separated because a line break or page break occurs between them, just enter a "non-breaking space" between them. Do so by typing Ctrl+Shift+Space.


Saving printer ink when printing drafts

For draft prints, you can choose the option Drop pictures in the Print dialog. Your document will print faster and use less ink because all pictures are skipped.


Frames and objects

You can select frames and objects even in edit mode: Just click on them with the mouse.


Using multiple paper trays

If you want the first page of your document or chapter to be pulled from a different paper tray of your printer, you can set up the paper trays using the page setup. To get to this dialog box, switch to the Layout tab of the ribbon and click on the small triangle to the right of the section label "Page setup".


Sharing of document templates

If you work in a local area network and you want all users to access the same set of document templates, you can set a shared template path in File | Options | Files.


Master pages

Master pages are much more powerful than simple headers and footers. The elements of master pages are not limited to the page margins but can be placed anywhere on the page, for example for watermarks.


Picture frames and embedded pictures

TextMaker lets you insert pictures either as frames or as embedded pictures. Picture frames are positioned absolutely on the page or in relation to a paragraph, whereas embedded pictures simply "wander along" with the paragraph in which they have been inserted.

If you wish to convert an already-inserted embedded pictures to a picture frame (or vice-versa), simply select the picture in TextMaker, press the right mouse button and choose the command Convert to picture frame or Convert to embedded object respectively.