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How do I use the WYSIWYG text editor?

You should spend a few minutes learning the limitations of this WYSIWYG editor. Its quirks are particularly noticeable when you paste into it from a Word document.

If you have used the Theme Editor to apply a color scheme (How do I define a color scheme for my event?) to your event pages, then whatever changes you make here, such as font face, size, color, bold, etc, wil override the color theme text. BEST PRACTICE: change as little as possible here.

The WYSIWYG text editor is used on many screens in rsvpBOOK

The following screen shows the major components of the WYSIWYG editor and, particularly, a few tips to make your use of it more successful. The following are key features of the editor. Mouseover each of the buttons to see a tool tip that describes what it does.

  1. Type your text into the Document Composition Area and format it to fit your needs
  2. After entering your text, select all of it and choose Paragraph from the dropdown menu
  3. Insert pictures and graphics using the Insert/Edit Images button - you can resize them on this screen after inserting
  4. If you need to link to a file (such as a PDF), use the button in the left column - you can upload any number of files to the File Cabinet and then insert a link that will open them
  5. If you're pasting text from a Word document, be sure to read the BEST PRACTICE tip in the maroon box

If you have used the Theme Editor to apply a color scheme to your event pages, then you also applied font styles. Therefore, whatever changes you make to font styles in this tool, such as font face, size, color, bold, etc, they will override the color theme settings. BEST PRACTICE: change as little as possible in this tool. Usually, bolding a word, changing the color of a sentence, increasing the size of a title are the only changes you will need to make to text here. The majority of your text can be formatted with the Theme Editor.

If you're pasting raw text into this WYSIWYG editor, be sure to select all of it and choose Paragraph in the dropdown menu (#2).

All WYSIWYG editors around the rsvpBOOK website work in the manner described below:

The WYSIWYG toolbar contents

The WYSIWYG toolbar contents

The 3 rows of buttons above the Document Composition Area are fairly standard word processor functions. Rollover each button with your cursor to view a tool tip.

Your best practice will be to use the buttons to do your work, particularly when pasting from Word docs (#4) and for those of you who want to work directly in HTML (#8).

  1. The entire top row of icons can be used for basic text editing
  2. After you paste text using button #3 or #4, select all of it and select Paragraph from the Format dropdown menu - doing so insures that your text will format correctly on your website
  3. Paste plain text into your document
  4. Paste text that you copy from Word into this document – be sure to use this button for Word docs
  5. Undo and Redo
  6. Insert, or remove, a link to another webpage
  7. Insert an image – upload your images into the library - select it and once its visible in your document, pull the corner handles to resize it
  8. Work in HTML
  9. Insert a table to create agendas, speaker bios and other tabular formatted information
  10. Click and drag the lower right corner of the Editor to enlarge it on your screen - give yourself more room to work

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