Line Spacing and Other Text Goodies in Lectora

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Where did the text boxes and formatting text options in Lectora go? Lectora X had a bunch of options for dealing with text boxes and formatting text that just don’t appear in the “Properties tab” of the ribbon in Lectora 11. This is true whether you have an individual section of text selected or the text box itself. And selecting a text box and right-clicking on it doesn’t provide anything new either. But, there is a way to bring these lost options back if you know where to go.

Text Options Menu

To get to these missing text options, you have to select the text “inside the text box” you want to format. Then, right-click on the selected text, and you’ll see a fly-out menu that includes sub-menus for formatting the text. An extremely handy tip if you want to make your text look good.

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The Line Spacing Option

While most of these are pretty straightforward, the following two are of extreme importance — Paragraph and Insert. Paragraph includes the long-lost art of line spacing (Woo-Hoo!).  Are you saying I can fix my line spacing in Lectora? That is exactly what I am saying. The other Lectora goodie is the “Insert” option lets you put an image or other any other objects inside of a text box.

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Bonus Tip: Hyper Linking Options

Selecting text and right-clicking will also give you access to the Add, Edit, and Remove Hyperlink options that let you add inline hyperlinks to any text in your course. You can use these hyperlinks to trigger any Lectora Action, too!.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Great article!

    Note that whenever you double-click inside of a text block to edit it, Lectora will automatically place the focus on the Home ribbon, as this is where you can find all of your Text and Paragraph formatting options – like adding a hyperlink or adjusting line spacing.

    Another nice time-saving feature is the ability to assign keyboard shortcuts to the most often used options. To access these, select the double-arrow to the far right of your Quick Access Toolbar in the upper left-hand corner of the Lectora window. Then select “More Commands”. The Options window will open. Select “Customize…” next to Keyboard Shortcuts.

    From here, you can drill-down to find the specific task for which you’d like to assign a keyboard shortcut. For example, if you select the “Home” category and the “Paragraph Spacing” command, you can assign a shortcut key like “Ctrl+P”. Then, whenever you are editing a text block, you can use that shortcut key to quickly open the Paragraph Spacing options dialog.

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