All I want is to be able to change indent (margins on either side) of the document, but there are all these little > and <> and < in the ruler and it would take ages to move them all individually.
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Eiron wrote:You can save your favorite indents as styles in the cocoa ruler. Set them up once - place all the bits and pieces on the ruler and remove the unnecessary ones - then choose the styles menu on the ruler/other/add to favorites give the style a name and check "include the ruler as part of your style". Quite frankly, it's a crappy interface, but once you've gotten used to it it's easy to create and apply different indents. You can even assign keyboard shortcuts to your styles in System Prefs.
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----------Formatting your document-------------
You can set margins, paragraph indentation, and text tabs by using the ruler in TextEdit. You can also insert page breaks and line breaks where you need them.
There are four kinds of tab stops and two types of margins, each indicated by a differently shaped icon:
A right-facing triangle indicates a tab stop at which text will be left-justified.
A diamond indicates a tab stop at which text will be centered.
A left-facing triangle indicates a tab stop at which text will be right-justified.
A circle indicates a decimal tab stop at which numbers will be justified around a decimal point.
A downward-facing triangle indicates a page margin.
A horizontal rectangle indicates the indentation of the first line of a paragraph.
To make the ruler appear (if you don't already see it), choose Format > Text > Show Ruler.
To place a tab stop, select one from the tab stop palette on the right side of the ruler and drag it into place above the ruler, or select a stop that is already in place and drag it to a new location.
To remove a tab stop, drag it off the ruler.
To change a margin, drag the left or right margin icon to a new location.
To change the paragraph indentation, drag the indentation icon to a new location.
To add a line break, choose Edit > Insert > Line Break.
To insert a page break, choose Edit > Insert > Page Break. To remove the page break, press Delete.
----------Saving a favorite text style--------------
You can add your favorite text styles to the Styles pop-up menu for convenient document formatting. To create a style, you format text in the document and then save that formatting as a style, or you can browse through styles currently used in the document and save one as a favorite.
To add a style to the Styles pop-up menu, select some formatted text, then choose Other from the Styles pop-up menu and click Add To Favorites. Type a name for the style. If you want to use the font type shown when you apply the style, select "Include the font as part of the style." To use the spacing and tabs in the selected text, select "Include the ruler as part of the style."
To add a style currently used in the document as a favorite style, choose Other from the Styles pop-up menu and select Document Styles. Use the Forward and Back buttons to browse through styles used in the document until you find the one you want. Click Add To Favorites, and give the style a name. Select "Include the font as part of the style" and "Include the ruler as part of the style" if desired.
To remove a favorite style from the list, choose Other from the Styles pop-up menu, then select Favorite Styles. Choose the style you want to remove from the pop-up menu, then click Remove From Favorites. You cannot remove the Default style.
dafu wrote:You're welcome! Have fun!
Eiron wrote:Sorry if I'm stating the obvious, but I'm not sure if I understand the problem and it's not clear to me how much experience you have on the mac.
I assume you realize that the ruler acts on all selected text, if there is no selection only the paragraph with the cursor in it will be affected by changes in the ruler.
If by "skewed to the right" you mean aligned on the right, is it possible you have chosen right alignment for your text? If so, select your text and click the left alignment icon on the ruler.
Is it possible that your text has some formatting imported from a web page, html etc? If so you could have hidden columns etc that screwing things up.
Again, sorry if you already know all this, but I'm unclear why you're having this problem. If I'm way off base, could you describe the issue in a bit more detail?
frank wrote:Maybe I'm missing something but if you want to change the margins for a paragraph, you need to move the downward triangles, the first (for left margin) and last (for right margin). Nothing else. Just to check, I just did that, exported the file as rtf to Mellel and got exactly the margins I have set up in Scrivener.