Learn how to use the paragraph designer to apply specific formatting to headings and force those headings to appear in the side head area of your FrameMaker document.
- [Instructor] When you create a side head area, as we did in the previous movie for our catalog document, you now have to tell FrameMaker what kinds of content belong in the side head area. By default, when we import content or copy and paste content to a FrameMaker document, it's considered body text. So, everything we see here is body text, and by default, body text just goes into the column area. It's not in the side head area unless we tell it to be.
So, in this movie, we're going to use our catalog file to choose what goes into the side head area and format it, and we're going to use something called the paragraph designer to do so. Next, we're going to select the title that's already here, a Princess Dresser, and this might look good over here in the side head area, or maybe start off here and overlap into the column area. These are options that we can choose from using the paragraph designer. So, let's do that.
We'll go up to Format, down to Paragraphs, and you can see there are some options here. Body is checked off, it's body text, but we could go to a Heading, for example, and say that headings, Heading1, even Heading2, belong in the side head area. But we can do all of that from the Paragraph Designer that appears at the top of this menu. Let's give it a click. Control + M is your keyboard shortcut. It's a good one to remember, because you're going to be using the paragraph designer on a regular basis. Control + M will get you to it quickly.
See how it opens up over here on the right hand side. Now, our content's still selected, so the style shows up as Body. But let's say we want this to be our level one heading. We'll click the dropdown, and there's that same list we saw from the Format Paragraphs menu. Let's go to Heading1 and select it. Now, Heading1 comes with its own formatting. You can see, for example, things like spacing, indents, you can see the space below and above paragraphs, et cetera, and that's because we're looking at the basic formatting here.
But if we wanted to change things like the font, we could go to Font. From here, let's keep the same font, Times New Roman, but let's bump it up. Think maybe 18 points would look better. We'll click the dropdown for size and select 18. You could type in here, too. If you wanted 16, for example, it doesn't appear on the list. Everything else, the color, the weight, it's bolded by default when we choose Heading1, we'll keep all of that and click apply. You can see right away it looks different. Much larger, and it's still bolded.
Alright, now we can go to Pagination. From here, you can see that it's going to start anywhere, it's still body text, even though we've chosen Heading1, it's treated like boxy text, it belongs here in the column. But maybe we want it to appear over here, check out the formats, in the side head. Let's click Side Head. When we choose Apply you can see what that looks like. It's cramped over here on the left hand side, in our side head area. There's that gap we decided we would have, as well.
Maybe it'll look better going across all columns. Let's go to Across All Columns and apply. Well, that puts it back here in our first and only column, and takes it out of the side head, but look at the last option, Across All Columns and Side Heads. Selecting that and clicking apply puts it over here in the side head, but allows it to overlap, go past that gap, and into our column. That's a good option. But if we want to keep it in the side head, we should probably choose Side Head and then make some adjustments to the side head so it doesn't look so cramped.
Let's click Apply, and now, if you remember, adjusting the side head meant going up to Format, down to Page Layout, and then selecting Column Layout here at the top. Maybe we should just bump up the width of our side head from 1.25 to something like 2.25. Let's take out the one, add a two. Again, we can't undo this if we click update, but we can always come back here and make adjustments. Update Entire Flow, click OK to confirm, and you can see that actually looks much better.
Overlaps here, tries to overlap and wraps around to the second line. You can just click in the background here to deselect to see that that actually works quite well. But you do have all of these options from the Paragraph Designer, including to have it in the side head, where we have it, or have it go across columns and the side heads when you want your content to overlap past the side head area, and into your column. All you need to do now is save your changes to keep what we've done. We'll move on to the next movie where we'll continue with paragraph formatting.
- Touring the user interface
- Customizing your workspace
- Using templates to create new documents
- Formatting documents
- Creating custom documents
- Adjusting frames for graphics
- Editing documents
- Working with tables
- Using footnotes and cross-references
- Formatting a table of contents
- Working with indexes, conditional text, and hyperlinks