The text component, whose option icon is shown in figure 1, creates an area of text.


Figure 1. the text option icon


Text can be edited in the same way as in a word processor: click on the text to activate the cursor and then start typing. When editing text the text-editing toolbar, as shown in figure 2, is show at the top of the screen.


Figure 2. the text-editing toolbar


The toolbar is divided into four groups of buttons.



Clipboard

This button provides access to the clipboard.


Paste                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

     Clicking this button will open the clipboard window.



Character formatting

These buttons format the current text selection. If no text is selected, the formatting applies to any text that is typed until the cursor is moved.


Bold                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Clicking this button will toggle between normal and bold text.


Italic                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Clicking this button will toggle between normal and italic text.


Underline, overline and strikethrough

Clicking this button will allow you to change text to have an underline (shortcut ControlU ), overline, or strikethrough.


Typeface

Moving the mouse over this button will allow you to choose one of the five fonts selected for your site.


Text size

Moving the mouse over this button will allow you to drag a slider to control the text size.


Text colour

Moving the mouse over this button will let you change the text colour.


Link

Clicking this button will open the link window.



Paragraph formatting

These buttons format entire paragraphs of text. If no text is selected, the formatting applies to the paragraph containing the cursor. If text is selected, the formatting applies to all paragraphs that have at least some text selected.


Bulleted list                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Clicking this button will toggle bullet points for the paragraph.


Alignment

Clicking this button will allow you to change the paragraph to be left-aligned (shortcut ControlL ), centred (shortcut ControlE ), right-aligned (shortcut ControlR ), or justified (shortcut ControlJ ).


Increase indentation                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Clicking this button will increase the paragraph indentation


Decrease indentation                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Clicking this button will decrease the paragraph indentation


Letter spacing

Moving the mouse over this button will allow you to drag a slider to control the spacing between letters.


Line spacing

Moving the mouse over this button will allow you to drag a slider to control the spacing between lines of text. There are shortcuts for 1 ( Control1 ), 1.5 ( Control5 ), and 2 ( Control2 ).



Other buttons

These buttons provide access to other text-related features.


Insert special character

Clicking this button will open the special characters window.


Check spelling

Clicking this button will open the spell checker window.