The Text Menu

Click on a menu title above for a detailed explanation of that menu's commands.
  • Show Fonts
    Show the Fonts palette.



  • Font Features
    The Font Features submenu changes for each selected font to enable the features available for each specific font to be edited. These features vary from font to font but typically include such items as ligatures, vertical position, letter case, and alternate characters.

  • Show Text Ruler
    Show the Text Ruler inspector.

  • Plain
    Remove all text style information (e.g., bold, italic, etc.) from the selected text.

  • Bold
    Add or remove the bold text style from the selected text.

  • Italic
    Add or remove the italic text style from the selected text.

  • Underline
    Add or remove the underline text style from the selected text.

  • Condensed
    Add or remove the condensed text style from the selected text.

  • Extended
    Add or remove the extended text style from the selected text.

  • Vertical
    Add or remove the vertical text style from the selected text.
    The vertical text style simply rotates each character with respect to the baseline. To get the proper appearance you may also want to rotate the entire text block 90° using the Rotate Window.

  • Align Default
    Align the selected text based on the text and paragraph properties.


  • Align Left
    Align the selected text flush left.

  • Align Center
    Center the text in a block within the wrap width of the block.

  • Align Right
    Align the selected text flush right.

  • Full Justification
    Turn on text justification for the selected text using the wrap width of the block.

  • Baseline

    • Use Default
      Use the default baseline for the selected text.

    • Superscript
      Use a superscript baseline for the selected text.


    • Subscript
      Use a subscript baseline for the selected text.


  • Ligatures

    • Use Default
      Use the default ligatures for the selected font.

    • Use None
      Use no ligatures in the selected text.


    • Use All
      Use all available ligatures in the selected text.


  • Writing Direction

    • Default
      Use the default writing direction for the selected text.

    • Left To Right
      Use a left to right direction for the selected text.


    • Right To Left
      Use a right to left direction for the selected text.


  • Path Binding

    • Bind Text To Path
      Bind the selected text block to the selected path. The specific attributes of the bound text can then be set in the Text attributes inspector.

    • Release Text From Path
      Release the selected text blocks from the paths they are bound to.


    • Focus Bound Path
      Focus editing on the path bound to a text block rather than the text block itself.


    • Attach Baseline To Path
      Cause the baseline of the text to follow the outline of the bound path.


    • Multiple Columns
      If the bound path has multiple subpaths, flow the text progressively into each.


    • Show Path
      Draw any path bound to the text behind the text block.