Posted by: dharden4 | October 23, 2008

Typography/Formatting Text

Format text

Use the Control panel to change the appearance of text.  When text is selected or when the insertion point is placed in text, the Control panel displays either the character formatting controls or the paragraph formatting controls, or a combination of both, depending on your monitor resolution. These same text formatting controls appear in the Character panel and Paragraph panel.

Note the following methods of formatting text:

  • To format characters, you can use the Type tool to select characters, or you can click to place the insertion point, select a formatting option, and then begin typing.
  • To format paragraphs, you don’t need to select an entire paragraph—selecting any word or character, or placing the insertion point in a paragraph will do. You can also select text in a range of paragraphs.
  • To set the formatting for all future text frames that you’ll create in the current document, make sure that the insertion point is not active and that nothing is selected, and then specify text formatting options.
  • Select a frame to apply formatting to all text inside it. The frame cannot be part of a thread.
  • Use paragraph styles and character styles to format text quickly and consistently.

For a video on working with text, see

  1. Select the Type tool .
  2. Click to place an insertion point, or select the text that you want to format.
  3. In the Control panel, click the Character Formatting Control icon or the Paragraph Formatting Control icon .
    Control panel
    Character formatting controls


         Paragraph formatting controls




  • Specify formatting options.
  • I found these tips on formatting text at

    Hopefully these tips will be helpful for everyone and let me know what you think!




    Posted by: dharden4 | September 12, 2008

    Making the most of a Monsoon



    Thursday afternoon a wicked monsoon hit Statesboro and my front yard.  The roomies and I looked out the front window to see that our front yard had transformed into a lake.  We immediately decided to take our living room end table and run outside to skimboard in the front yard.  All three of us took turns skimming across the yard, getting honks from cars passing by on Fair Road.  We had planned on going to Tybee Island this Sunday, but we got a little beach getaway sooner than we expected.

    Posted by: dharden4 | April 24, 2008

    Ten Things I learned in PR Writing

     10 Tips for Social Media Outreach

    1. Be transparent and clearly disclose who you are and/or who you work for in any correspondence via e-mail, in comments or on social networks and forums2. Never use deceptive means, such as leaving fake controversial comments or pretending to be a “fan” of a product or service, to get coverage on a blog

    3. Don’t pretend to read a blog if you don’t, it comes across as disingenuous

    4. If time allows, read the blog on which you hope to get a mention and develop a genuine relationship with the blogger as a reader. When appropriate, comment on the blog and discuss other things besides the pitch

    5. Never leave comments unrelated to the post

    6. In general, even when it seems related, don’t leave a commercial-sounding comment on a post

    7. Don’t send formulaic (cut and paste) pitch letters. Treat each contact with a blogger as an opportunity to have a conversation about their interests and how your product might align

    8. Don’t pester a blogger to write about something, instead share information with them or ask their opinion about the product or service

    9. Take care when offering free stuff to bloggers as it can cause a backlash with those that didn’t get the free stuff and with readers who might question the blogger’s objectivity

    10. Check out the blogger’s “About,” “Contact” and “Advertising” page (if they have them) in an effort to see if they have blatantly asked not to be contacted by PR/Marketing companies and to learn more about their preferences