Text and Font Properties

Click the Draw | Shape | Text command to create new text. The Text Editor is used to initially create text. After the text is created, the text and font properties are displayed in the Property Manager. Use the following options to change the text and font properties.


The Text Editor is linked with the Text and Font Properties. Changes in one will be represented in the other. This does not include alignment options. Changing the alignment in the Font Properties changes the alignment with respect to the reference point, or the point that was clicked to create the text. Editing the text alignment in the Text Editor aligns the text within the text box.


Edit text in the Text Properties section and font properties

in the Font Properties section of the Property Manager.


Text Properties

The text can be edited in the Property Manager or in the Text Editor. Click the next to text to open the Text section. You can set the text that appears by highlighting the existing text next to Text and typing the desired text for simple text strings.  


For complex text or multiple lines of text, click the button. The Text Editor opens, allowing each character to have different properties.


Math text commands can be entered in the Property Manager, but cannot be entered in the Text Editor. To include math text commands in the Text Editor, highlight the text that should be altered and click the appropriate button to apply the change.


Font Properties

Text properties for the entire text block can be edited in the Property Manager in the Font Properties section. Some options may not be available for all text, depending on the type of object selected.  For example, when editing axis labels, the Alignment options are not available.


The changes made in the Font Properties section are considered the baseline text properties and are applied to each line of a text block. Changes made here override "normal" font options in the Text Editor. To have all text the same, click the button. Highlight all the text and set all the properties in the Text Editor, as desired. Then, the changes in the Font Properties section will apply to all text in the text object.


For example, suppose you type in the following in the Text Editor. After typing the text, you have highlighted the first line and made the color red and the font Cambria.


After clicking OK in the Text Editor, the following appears in the Text Properties section of the Property Manager.



The two lines of text appear in the plot window as:

Now, in the Property Manager in the Font Properties section, set the Font to "Times New Roman", the Foreground Color to Blue, and check the boxes next to Bold and Italic. Because the first line contains a font name and color, the font and color will not change for this line. But, the red text will be bold and italic. The text now appears as:

If the second line of text should remain without any text embellishments, such as bold or italics, in the Property Manager, click before the word Date and add a \plain math text option. This does not control the font name and color, so they will still change. The Property Manager would now appear as:


And, the text would appear in the plot window as:




The Font is the font that is used for the text. To change the Font, click on the current font name. Select the desired font name from the Font list. Click the arrow button or select a font and use the ARROW keys on the keyboard to scroll through the Font list. The selected font is displayed in the Text Editor. The font files that are installed on your computer are displayed in the Font list. MapViewer supports true type fonts. All text in a text block uses the same Font, unless a math text operation is applied or unless the font for some of the text has been specifically edited in the Text Editor.


Size (points)

Set the text size in the Size (points) field. Highlight the existing value and type a new value. Press ENTER on the keyboard to make the change. Or, click the buttons to increase or decrease the size. A Size (points) value between zero and 720 can be specified.


Foreground and Background Color

Change the Foreground color and Background color of the text by selecting a new color from the color palette. The Foreground color controls the color of the text. The Background color controls the area behind the text. Create new colors by clicking the button to the right of the color name.


Foreground and Background Opacity

Change the Foreground opacity and Background opacity of the text by entering a value from 0% (completely transparent) to 100% (completely opaque). To change the opacity, highlight the existing value and type a new value. Press ENTER on the keyboard to make the change. Or, click and drag the to change the opacity percentage.



Check the boxes next to Bold, Italic, Strikeout, or Underline to apply a style to the text. Note that some typefaces, such as Symbol, do not support bold or italicized text.



The Alignment controls the location of the text relative to the reference point. A reference point is the point clicked in the plot window when the crosshair cursor is placing the text on the screen. The text box is horizontally and vertically aligned relative to the reference point. The default position is that the reference point is at the upper left corner of the bounding box (left, top). Move the reference point by clicking and dragging the text box or entering a position on the page in the Arrange | Position fields. You can also move the reference point in relation to other objects with the Arrange | Align commands.


Default Settings

Set default text properties through File | Options. In the Default Properties section, click Font to specify default properties.


Pin Map and Post Data Font Properties

Font attributes for labels and posted data are edited in the Property Manager


See Also

Math Text Instruction

Draw Text

Draw Tab Commands

Property Manager