Which text formatting options are available?

Updated Aug 20, 2018

This article describes the various text formatting options in ScreenSteps. Note that you can change the text size of text within the article. Text sizes are determined by CSS in the website the article is being viewed in.

The text content block

In ScreenSteps you add content blocks to articles in order to write content. Some examples of content blocks types are headings, text, code, tables, and images. The formatting options that are available depend on the type of content block you are typing in. This article discusses the options that are available when editing text in a text content block.

Formatting options (web)

The ScreenSteps article web editor provides the following formatting options through the toolbar:

  1. Bold
  2. Italic
  3. Underline
  4. Color
  5. Code run  - use to format the selected words as code snippets (e.g. HTML or Javascript).
  6. Paragraph style (normal or code) - The code style is used to format entire paragraphs as code snippets (e.g. HTML or Javascript).
  7. Quote
  8. Numeric List
  9. Bullet List
  10. Indent text - If the target line of text is part of a list then this will indent the line to make a nested list. If the target line(s) is not part of a list then the first line of the paragraph is indented.
  11. Outdent text - If the target line(s) is part of a list then this will outdent the list item. If the target line(s) is not part of a list then the first line of the paragraph is outdented.
  12. Links - Links within your knowledge base, the current article, or to external sites
  13. Insert an image into the article at the location of the cursor.
  14. Undo
  15. Redo
  16. Clear formatting - Removes all formatting from the selected text. You can use this button to remove links.
Formatting options (desktop)

The ScreenSteps 4 desktop software provides the following formatting options through the toolbar:

  1. Bold
  2. Italic
  3. Underline
  4. Color
  5. Bullet List
  6. Numeric List
  7. Superscript
  8. Subscript
  9. Links - Links within your knowledge base, the current article, or to external sites
  10. Clear formatting - Removes all formatting from the selected text. You can use this button to remove links.
  11. Code - Format code snippets like HTML or Javascript. If you have a paragraph selected then the entire paragraph will be turned into a code block. If you have a word or words selected then the selection will be formatted as a code run.
  12. Outdent text - If the target line(s) is part of a list then this will outdent the list item. If the target line(s) is not part of a list then the first line of the paragraph is outdented.
  13. Indent text - If the target line of text is part of a list then this will indent the line to make a nested list. If the target line(s) is not part of a list then the first line of the paragraph is indented.
Specifying the starting number for a numeric list

If you want to change the starting number for a numeric list you can do so using the Format > List > Start Numeric List At... menu item.

Specifying start number for a numeric list
Inserting a soft return that doesn't start a new paragraph

When you press the return key in ScreenSteps a new paragraph is created.

The Default Behavior

To insert a soft return hold down the option key on OS X or the control key on Windows while pressing the return key.

Inserting a Soft Returns
Shortcut keys for indenting lists

Indenting a list item

Press OPTION + TAB on OS X or CONTROL + TAB on Windows.

  • Item 1
  • Item 2
    • Child item 1
    • Child item 2
  • Item 3

Removing indent from a list item

Press SHIFT + OPTION + TAB on OS X or SHIFT + CONTROL + TAB on Windows.

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