Formatting Text etc in a Post or Signature
Some Tips before we start for those who are unfamiliar with Selecting Text :
Select the text you want to Format by holding down the LEFT Mouse button and dragging it across the word(s). Or place the cursor at the beginning or end of the Text, hold down the "Shift" button and use the "Arrow" buttons to highlight the Text. You can use the "Home" or "End" buttons to go straight to the beginning or end of a Line of Text.
1. The easiest and quickest way I've found is to first write all the Text for the Post (or Signature), and do the Formatting when you are finished. The fully Formatted Topic is the result you are reading now.
2. For most members there are only a few buttons you probably need to use unless you are Advanced in Computer skills. These are circled in red in the picture below :
Here are the explanations for the various Function Buttons :
1. The Recommended Font Format Buttons from the left :
a. Font Style - "Arial". It is easier to read than the Default Font.
b. Font Size - "14" for General Text and "18" for Headings etc.
c. Font Color - Black for General Text, Green for Headings and Blue for Links. You can use Red or Dark Red to make a few important words stand out more (See also Bold Text below).
Note that these are recommendations only - you may decide that other Fonts, Sizes and Colors look better in your Post but don't go TOO FAR with them please. Most times "Less is Best".
2. Emoticons or "Smileys" :
Click on the "Smiley Face" to bring up a List of the ones available. There are more of them if you Click on "Show All" under the ones that are visible.
You can use the Shortcut to type the Emoticon into your Text that comes up in the full list instead if you wish.
3. Undo and Redo Buttons :
Self-explanatory. You can Undo or Redo the last things you mucked up .
4. Text Style Buttons :
After Highlighting your Selected Text you can use any combination of these Buttons to make the Text BOLD, Italics, Underlined or
Struck Through. I wouldn't suggest this though, it might be a bit much : TEXT .
5. Link Button :
This is used to Create a Link to your Build Log, another Post in this Site, or an Off-Site Web Page. The method of doing it has been described in this Topic : How To : Add a Build Log Link to your Signature
6. Quote Button :
Select some Text from another Post, Copy it and Paste it into your own. Then Select the Text again (in your Post) and Click the "Quote" Button. The Selected Text will now appear in a Box, showing up as a Quote from someone else OR yourself.
7. Text Alignment Buttons :
Use these buttons to Align your Text or Pictures to the Left, Centre or Right by either Highlighting the entire text, or placing the Cursor inside it.
The second button from the left of the Text Alignment Box Indents the text a certain degree depending on how many times you push the button.
The button on the Far Left decreases the Indent.
Some further Notes on Using Formatting
1. Use the Formatting with discretion - "Less is More" most of the time, A Font that is TOO BIG is a distraction and can be a nuisance to other readers if it is used for the whole Post.
The same applies to the use of TOO MANY Colors - use both to "highlight" certain words or phrases, but don't overdo it.
Your Post may be Edited by a Moderator if it "goes overboard" - persistent infringements will be Penalised.
2. Use the "Preview Post" Button before you Submit the Post to make sure everything is to your satisfaction. You can Edit your Post at any time if you later find something wrong with it, or want to add more.
The "Preview Post" button is only available in the "Basic Editor" the first time you write a Post - if you want to Edit it later use the "Full Editor" function where it will come up again.
3, Keep your Signatures as shallow as possible - a HUGE Signature is an annoyance,
If you want to add all your Previous Builds in your Signature use the SPACE key a couple of times to separate them instead of putting them on a new Line.
4, Another Note on Signatures - the Default Color is actually a Light Gray, even though it LOOKS like a Black in the Color Box. Use the REAL Black square beneath the Default Square to make it more readable.
5, The Title in your Topic is NOT able to be Formatted, so don't bother trying.
If it looks a lot smaller than the ones around it it's because you just visited the Topic. To everyone who HASN'T read your Topic it looks like it's in bold characters like the others.