Lesson 2: Working with Blocks

 

Working with Blocks

Here's how to perform some basic tasks in your Writer's Blocks document.

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Adding a Block

  1. Click on the Blocks Tab or Home tab (the Blocks tab shown below).
  2. Click on the Add Block icon.
  3. A new block will appear in the workspace below the current block (the block with the gray shadow). The newly added block becomes the current block.

The Add Block icon is also available on the Home tab and on the Power Panel.

Alternatively, you can press the CTRL + A keys simultaneously.

Add New Block

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Editing the Block Title

  1. Click on the block you want to change to make it the current block – a gray shadow indicates the current block.

  2. Select the current title (Block 1 in our example).

  3. Type your new title. The new text will replace the selected text.

Edit block title

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Editing Blocks – Adding , Changing or Deleting Text

To Add Text: Click in the location in your block where you want to add text and start typing.

To Change or Delete Text:

  • Select the text you wish to change or delete – the text will turn blue.
  • Start typing to replace the selected text.
  • Press the Delete key on your keyboard to delete the selected text.
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    Editing Blocks – Changing the Font, Style, Size, Color and Highlighting Text

    1. Click on the Home Tab.

    2. Select the text you want to change (it will be highlighted blue).

    3. Make the desired changes:

    4. (3a) Change the font and/or font size

      (3b) From left to right: make the text bold, italic, underlined or strikethrough

      (3c) Change the selected text's color. The current color is presented below the 'A'.

      Click on the 'A' to change the selected text to this color, or select the dropdown menu to the right and choose a new color.

      (4) Highlight the selected text. The current highlight color is represented below the 'ab'.

      Click on the 'ab' to highlight the selected text with this color, or select the dropdown menu to the right to choose a new color.

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    Editing Multiple Blocks – Changing the Font, Style, Size and Color in more than one block

    Select the Blocks to be changed:

    To select all blocks in the document: Click on the Blocks tab and click on the Select All Blocks icon (B).

    To select a group of adjacent blocks: drag a selection window around the blocks by clicking in the white space outside the upper leftmost block.

    Click and drag until the selection window surrounds all the blocks you wish to select.

    To select non-adjacent blocks: while holding down the CTRL key, click inside each block you wish to select.

    Keep the CTRL key pressed until your last block is selected.

    Make the desired changes (see above)

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    Deleting A Block

    1. Click on the Blocks tab.

    2. Click on the block you want to delete to make it the current block. It will have a gray shadow.

    3. Click the Delete Block icon.

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    Moving a Block

    1. Click on the block you want to move to make it the current block. It will have a gray shadow

    2. Put your mouse over the outline of the block - it's the thin line that surround the block (your mouse needs to be directly on the outline). A good place to grab is the upper right corner because there is a little more 'grab' area (something not visible to you).

    3. Holding your left mouse button down, drag and drop the block where you want to place it. Release the mouse button when the block is placed correctly.

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    Copying a Block

    1. Click on the Blocks Tab.

    2. Click on the block you wish to copy to make it the current block. It will have a gray shadow.

    3. Click on the Select Block icon to select the block. The block now has a dark gray border around it. (Alternative method to select a block: While holding the
      CTRL key, click in the text area of the block.)

    4. Click on the Copy Block icon.

    5. Click on the Paste Block icon. The block will be copied and placed directly over the current block. You can also paste the block into a different Writer's Blocks document. If you paste the block into a different document, it will be in the same location as the original block.

    6. Move the new, copied block to the correct location by grabbing the border area with your mouse and moving the block.

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    Changing the Block Color

    You can use block color to distinguish characters, scenes, a time line, something you need to review later – whatever makes sense to you and makes writing easier for you.

    1. Click the Blocks Tab.

    2. Click the block you want to color to make it the current block.

    3. Click on the Block Color icon.

    4. The Color dialog will appear. Select your color from the dropdown menu or click on the 'Define Custom Colors' to choose a custom color for your block.

    5. Click 'OK'.

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    Adding Images to Blocks

    1. Click on the Blocks tab.

    2. Click on the block where you want to add the image.

    3. Click on the Image icon.

    4. The Insert Picture dialog box will open. Navigate to where the image is stored on your computer and select the image you want to insert.

    5. Click the Open button to insert the image.

    Note: Just like with text, the amount of the image that will be displayed in your block depends on the Block Zoom setting. Clicking on the image in your block will bring up drag handles (little squares that you can drag to change the size of the image). To see more or less of your image, change the size by clicking on one of the drag handles and drag inward or outward.

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    Customizing your Blocks with Block Styles

    A Block Style is a group of block formats (text font, title font, footnote font and block color) that you store as a group.

    You can use styles to represent different types of blocks - whatever makes sense to your type of writing - to visually represent different things. Maybe a particular style will represent background information or something you need to investigate further or pivotal plot points.

    To create a new style:

    1. Click on the Blocks tab.

    2. Click on the Block Styles icon.

    3. The Styles Dialog box will open. Click on the 'New' button.

    4. Give your style a name ('Quotes' in the example below) and then select the desired fonts and colors.

    5. The Block Preview will give you a sample of the Block qith the current settings. When you are satisfied with the result click the 'OK' button.

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    To modify an exisiting style:

    1. Click on the Blocks tab.

    2. Click on the Block Styles icon. The Styles dialog box will open up.

    3. Select the style you want to modify and click the Modify button.

    4. Change the desired elements of your block.

    5. The Block Preview will give you a sample of the Block. When you are satisfied with the result click the 'OK' button.

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    Using Block Styles

    You can apply a Block Style to one block, several blocks or all of your blocks.

    1. Click on the Blocks Tab.

    2. Select the block (or blocks) you want to change. (See Editing Multiple Blocks above for step-by-step instructions on selecting blocks.)

    3. Click on the Block Styles icon. The Styles dialog Box will appear.

    4. Click on the Style you want to apply from the Styles box.

    5. The Block Preview shows you how it will look. Click on the Apply button.

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    Showing Footnotes


    This button changes depending on whether the footnotes are currently visible.

    1. Click on the Blocks tab.

    2. To show Footnotes, click on the Show Footnotes icon.

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    Hiding Footnotes

    This button changes depending on whether the footnotes are currently visible.

    1. Click on the Blocks tab.

    2. Click on the Hide Footnotes icon on the Blocks tab.

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