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How do I apply styles?

Authorware provides two tools for applying named styles, the Apply Styles palette and the unlabeled drop-down menu at the center of the toolbar.These two tools are not, however, equivalent.The Apply Styles palette applies styles cumulatively, in the order that they are selected.The drop-down menu applies styles individually, removing all attributes of the previous style before applying the new one.


The Apply Styles palette
This palette is accessed by selecting View>Apply Styles....It lists all the officially named styles defined in your piece in alphabetical order.To use it, select the desired text and click one or more of the style checkboxes.The characteristics of each style you select will be added to styles selected earlier, overwriting the previous attributes in the event of differences.If you choose to use the "overlay attributes" approach to styles, this is where you create your combinations.Note that a gray check in a style's checkbox means that it has been applied to only a portion of the currently-selected text.


The drop-down menu
The drop-down menu provides an extremely valuable function: the ability to cleanly apply a single style to a piece of text, removing any prior style attributes in the process.Any undefined attributes in the applied style revert to those of the Default style.

When you highlight text and expand the menu, it displays a list of seven styles in the order in which they were first defined or imported.If you have defined more than seven styles, the styles that display depend on the attributes of the selected text, as follows:

If the selected text does not have any applied style attributes (or if no text is selected), the top of the list, headed by (Default Style), is displayed.
If the selected text has a single named style, the portion of the list headed by that style is displayed.
If the selected text has more than one named style or includes any formatting from the toolbar or Font menu, the last six items on the list are displayed, followed by a blank line indicating the "mixed" style.

If the style you want to apply is not displayed, type the first letter of the style.This will display a group of styles headed by the next style that begins with that letter.If necessary, repeat until the style you want appears.Once the desired style is displayed, select it and close the menu.

One key point about the drop-down menu is that it always includes the (Default Style).This is your ultimate bail-out when things become hopelessly confused.It is particularly useful in rooting out formatting that was applied via the toolbar or text menu and refuses to go away.Like any other style, (Default Style) may or may not be visible when you open the menu.To force it to display type its first "letter," in this case Shift-(.When you apply (Default Style) to a text selection, all other formatting goes away.Once order is restored, you can apply styles according to your overall plan.

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