Although you can use the same font face, size and color throughout the article, text is much more attractive when headings are more prominent, subparagraphs are indented, etc.
Plain text and rich text
You can set the default article text options by clicking Main menu ⁄ View ⁄ Options ⁄ Article. Using these alone produces plain (unformatted) text (see Plain text format). Once you add other text colors, font faces, sizes and styles such as boldface, the article is regarded as being in Rich text format (RTF). RTF articles can be converted to plain text by a single command. See the section on Article formats for more details.
This paragraph uses PLAIN TEXT alone. All text is the same (article default) font face, style, size and color. Boldfacing, italics, underlining, etc. are not available; changing from lower case to UPPER CASE is the only way to make text more prominent.
This paragraph uses Rich Text, which allows many more formatting attributes such as color to be incorporated. Adding Hyperlinks and images automatically changes the format from plain text to rich text, since both hide extra code in the article.
TreePad regards its articles as being in either plain text or rich text format, and you can mix these within a file. Who would want to use plain text when rich text has so much more to offer? Here are two good reasons:
- Plain text articles make TreePad files much smaller, since there are no hidden formatting characters. This can make quite a difference.
- You are not faced with the extra chore of reformatting snippets of text saved from e-mails and other documents to match the format of the rest of the article text if you save them all as plain text, quite apart from the saving in space.
You can tell whether the current article is plain text or rich text by looking at the Status bar. Text means a plain text article; RTF means a Rich Text Format article.
Note also that plain text articles cannot contain images, underlined hyperlinks, tables, boldfaced or other types of formatting. Converting a rich text article to plain text removes images and table cell borders but leaves the text itself.
Basic formatting commands
Let's concentrate now on rich text. You will find the most frequently used commands (bold, italic, underline, case conversion, font face⁄size⁄color⁄highlight color, etc.) displayed along the Article and node formatting toolbar. Let your mouse cursor hover over each toolbutton in turn to display a tooltip (text popup message) informing you of its function and keyboard shortcut, if there is one. Try them out. For users of TreePad Business Edition there is also a Color marker on this toolbar. See Formatting articles for more information and examples, particularly Overview of formatting and Article text format commands.
It is possible to copy just the formatting attributes of selected text and paste them into another selected block of text to give it the same format, using the Copy special and Paste special commands. See also Copying formatting for other methods.