Display Options for Your Documents

Nisus Writer Pro has a wide variety of options that affect the display of your working environment. Some of these have been described elsewhere in the documentation. For a quick review and details on how to use those not explained elsewhere, they are collected here. You can set most of these display options in the Appearance Preferences of Nisus Writer Pro.

The Appearance Preferences pane.png

Figure 494
The Appearance Preferences window

Some of these options take effect on new documents as explained in “Set “Defaults” for the Application” on page 558. These include Invisibles and Page Guides. Other options are applied immediately and affect all documents.

Editing

Nisus Writer Pro enables a variety of editing controls in your document.

Insertion point (caret, I-beam)

In Nisus Writer Pro you can change the width, color, and even whether or not the insertion point should “blink”.

Blink

Some people find a blinking insertion point a visual distraction. If that is the case for you, you can turn this off by unchecking the option:

Insertion point (caret) blinks on/off.

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Figure 495
Customizing the appearance of the insertion point portion of the Appearance preferences

Width

You can enlarge the size of the insertion point in Nisus Writer Pro if you have a hard time seeing the default system insertion point.

Choose options from the Insertion point (caret) width pop-up menu.

Hairline
the default

1 pt

2 pts

3 pts

5 pts

Character Width
The caret always assumes the width of the character ahead of it (ie: to the right in left to right text, to the left if right to left text). The only exception is at the very end of a text area (for example: the end of file, or the end of table cell.

Mouse Cursor Size

The macOS system Accessibility preferences let you enlarge the size of the mouse pointer (cursor) everywhere on your Mac.

Focus

As explained in the section: “Focus on Your Writing” on page 375, Nisus Writer Pro has tools to help you focus on the text you’re working on. You can determine whether to focus on a line or a paragraph. To further block out surrounding text…

Drag the Focus mode fades inactive text by slider.
To the right causes inactive text to be dimmer; to the left causes in active text to be brighter.

Fade

As explained in the section: “Splits” beginning on page 364, You can divide your document into may splits to view different portions of your document at the same time. If you want to work on one split and have the other(s) less visible, you can set the degree by which your inactive split(s) dim or fade into the background.

Drag the Fade inactive document split views by slider.
To the right causes inactive text to be dimmer; to the left causes in active text to be brighter

Tools

Additional tools that you can customize include the Font menu the Navigator sidebar and the suffix used when creating an automatically named bookmark.

WYSIWYG Font menu

You can make the Font menu WYSIWYG.

Nisus Writer Pro can display your Font menu so that each font’s name appears in that font.

Displaying your fonts WYSIWYG can cause Nisus Writer Pro to respond sluggishly.

Check (turn on) Font menu shows previews in the Appearance preferences dialog and choose the size you want them to appear in from the accompanying pop-up menu. These are illustrated in the section “Change the font of characters” on page 131, where the Character palette is discussed.

You can have the menu appear in any of four sizes:

small size

medium size

large size

huge size

Not all fonts (in particular non-Roman fonts) are able to display their names in their own shapes.

Set the font used in the Navigator sidebar

When you first start using Nisus Writer Pro the Navigator sidebar displays its list in Lucida Grande 12 pt. You can change the font to any other font and size you want.

1. In the Tools portion of the Appearance preferences, click the button to the right of Navigator sidebar font.

2. When the Fonts panel opens, choose whatever font family, typeface and size you want.

The Navigator sidebar updates as you make your changes so you can see how your choice will appear.

3. When you are satisfied with your selection, close the Fonts panel.

You can also set the background and/or text color for the Navigator sidebar. This is explained (with the setting of other background colors) on page 566.

Determine the suffix of automatically named bookmarks

As explained in the section: “Set a Bookmark”, on page 298, automatically named and “Bookmark As…” bookmarks have a very subtle difference. It is important to distinguish them. You can set the suffix that appears with all automatically bookmarked text.

Type the text you want to have as the suffix in the Automatically named bookmark suffix field of the Appearance portion of the Preferences dialog illustrated in Figure 494 on page 562.

Colors

While the use of color to help cue our responses has been tested in a variety of studies, results suggest that knowledge of a target color may only help us prioritize the way we respond. Each of us responds to different color in our own unique ways. Therefore, Nisus Writer Pro enables you to “colorize” a wide variety of aspects of your working environment as well as highlight text marked for a wide variety of “markers” you might add to your text.

Identify and highlight marked text

This “highlight” is not to be confused with the highlight color that you can add to your text as formatting (eg: using the Highlight tool as explained on page 425). That kind of formatting color shows in printouts and PDFs, these highlight preferences are only shown on screen to help you identify special kinds of content.

1. Choose the menu command: Nisus Writer Pro > Preferences > Appearance.

2. Located the Colors area at the bottom of the dialog.

3. Choose various settings from the list of available colors.

Change the highlight color of text marked for table of contents inclusion

1. Choose the menu command: Nisus Writer Pro > Preferences > Appearance.

2. Located the Colors area at the bottom of the dialog.

3. Select the Marked Text category.

4. Select the Include in TOC setting.

5. To the right of the selected setting, click the color swatch.

6. Select whatever color you want from the Colors panel as illustrated on page 432.

Hide the highlight color of text marked for the table of contents inclusion

1. Follow the instructions 1 through 4 from “Change the highlight colorabove.

2. To the right of the selected setting, checkmark Hide this highlighting.

3. Close the Preferences dialog.

You can alter any of the settings below using a slight variant of the above procedures.

Automatic Text

Automatic text consists of those bits of text that Nisus Writer Pro stores as “variables” and updates, either automatically or on command

Automatic numbers
such as those
items inserted from the menu Insert > Automatic Number

Automatic text
such as those items inserted from the menu
Insert > Date and Time that update automatically (i.e. not Fixed…) as well as anything inserted using the menu Insert > Document Property.

Cross-reference
any of the
cross-reference you have inserted in the document using the menu command: Insert > Cross-reference…

Indexes
any of the indexes you
have inserted in the document using the menu command: Insert > Index > Insert Index…

List items
any
bullets, numbers or other text that appear when you insert a list in your document using the List button or the menu Format > Lists

Merge Placeholders
any symbols that appear
when you insert a merge placeholder in your document using any one of the commands from the menu Insert > Merge Placeholder

Note references
any symbols that appear
when you insert a footnote or an endnote in your document using Footnote or Endnote from the Insert menu; this does not affect the corresponding character in the notes area of your document

PowerFind Bubbles
any metacharacter symbols PowerFind displays using natural language words and phrases in a “
bubble” as explained in “PowerFind terminology” on page 451.

Stale automatic text
because Nisus Writer Pro does not continuously update page and other cross-references as well as other automatic content such as character count and word count, this information can become “
stale” to indicate that it is not fresh, Nisus Writer Pro draws a box around this text.

Tables of content
any of the tables of contents you
have inserted in the document using the menu command: Insert > Table of Contents > Insert TOC

Comments (coloring)

Nisus Writer Pro is shipped so that the background color of "My Comments" is set to a soft pale yellow. You can customize this color. Nisus Writer Pro enables an unlimited number of commentators. However, the application enables customization of the comment windoid background for up to 6.

Author #1 Comments - Author #6 Comments
the
color of the comments of authors #1 through #6.

My Comments
the color of the current user's comments.

Sidebar Background
the
color of the Comments sidebar.

In addition, choose the menu command: Tools > Comments > Comment Display Options… to set how much information appears in the title bar of the comments and other options on a document by document basis. These features are explained in “Additional controls for the display of comments” on page 500.

Document Views

When in draft view you can change the background or for an even more dramatic effect in full screen view you can make your screen look like a terminal of old (as illustrated in Figure 496 below); none of these have any effect on the file—they are strictly screen phenomena:

Draft background
the
color of the background when in Draft View

Draft text
the
color of the text when in Draft view

Full screen background
the
color of the background set in the special Full Screen view settings of Nisus Writer Pro as explained beginning on page 357

Full screen caret (insertion point)
the
color of the insertion point set in the special Full Screen view settings of Nisus Writer Pro as explained beginning on page 357

Full screen gutter
the
color of the area around the text editing area set in the special Full Screen view settings of Nisus Writer Pro as explained beginning on page 357

Full screen text
the
color of text when in Full Screen view

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Figure 496
Full Screen view in a “retro” look with Coloring set at Green Phosphor

Navigator background
the
color of the background area of the Navigator

Navigator text
the
color of the text of the Navigator

Page backdrop
the
color of the non-“paper” region when in Page view

Page color
the
color of the “paper” region when in Page view (this does not print, neither to paper nor PDF)

Page frame
the
color of the line that separates the page from the page backdrop.

Palette mixed selection
the
color of the pattern that displays in the background of fields when text with more than one type of formatting is selected.

Highlighters

Nisus Writer Pro comes shipped with a highlighter tool on the Toolbar that match the most common colors of highlighter pens available commercially. You can, however, change these six highlighter colors to anything you wish. The Highlight tool is explained in “Highlight text” on page 425 and illustrated in Figure 109 on page 125. It is contrasted with Background Color which is explained on page 426.

Highlight Color #1 - Highlight Color #6
each numbered color matches the one as it appears in the sequence on the
Highlight menu.

Invisibles & Guides

Nisus Writer Pro offers a number of guides you can turn on or off to help you:

Invisibles
as
explained in “Invisibles” on page 580

Page guides
as
explained in “Page guide” on page 582

Shape anchor
as
explained in “The Shape Anchor” on page 213

Shape bounding box
as
explained in “The Shape Bounding Box” on page 216

Shape paste spot
as
explained in “The Shape Paste Spot” on page 250

Table guides
as
explained in “Determine the thickness of the lines” on page 292

Marked Text

Nisus Writer Pro has various ways of marking text you can colorize these to make them stand out:

Bookmarked
any text to
which you have added a bookmark using Add Bookmark As… from the Bookmark submenu of the Insert menu

Bookmarked (autoname)
any text to
which you have added a bookmark using Add Bookmark from the Bookmark submenu of the Insert menu

Field code
any text from a document imported from Microsoft Word that uses features not implemented in Nisus Writer Pro, if these features happen to be saved in RTF via field codes (for example, a "BarCode" field code that inserts a scannable image of a postal address)

Font missing
If you receive a file that contains a font or fonts that you do not have available in your System Nisus Writer Pro preserves them when you open and re-save the file. These fonts names appear in the font menu and character palette using a unique highlighting color. Though Nisus Writer Pro is shipped with this feature (the highlight color) turned off, it can also use this color to highlight text in the document that uses a missing font.

Font substituted
as
explained in “Font substitution” on page 129

Hyperlink
as
explained in “Open an existing file” on page 313

Include in index
any text you have
added to an index using the menu command: Tools > Index > Index As… (this only displays the current or active index, the one checked at the bottom of Index submenu)

Include in index (auto)
any text you have
added to an index using the menu command: Tools > Index > Index (this only displays the current or active index, the one checked at the bottom of Index submenu)

Include in TOC
any text you have
added to a table of contents using one of the levels of table of contents from the menu Tools > Table of Contents > Include in TOC (this only displays the current or active table of contents, the one checked at the bottom of Table of Contents submenu)

Misspelled
With
Check Spelling as You Type turned on, Nisus Writer Pro indicates misspelled words with a dotted red line. You can change the color of that line.

Selection

Nisus Writer Pro can help you distinguish between various kinds of selections in your document:

Active Selection
the
color of the highlight of your text when you select it by double-clicking or dragging the pointer; the default is the color you set in your System Preferences (Appearance)

Find & replace
the
color of the highlight of your text when you select it by using the Find & Replace tools of Nisus Writer Pro

Flash QuickFix
the
color of the highlight of your text when you expand an abbreviation using QuickFix

Flash Selection
the
color of the highlight of your text when you choose Flash Selection, Previous Selection, or Next Selection from the menu Edit > Select, or press

Inactive selection
the
color of the Active Selection highlight of your text when it is in a background window; the default is the color set by Apple

Rectangular selection
the
color of the selection highlight of your text when you select it using Rectangular selection (as explained on page 51)

Selection caret (insertion point)
The
color of the flashing vertical line where you click the I-Beam (as explained on page 12)

Change the color of the insertion point (selection caret)

1. Choose Selection from the left column.

2. Choose Selection caret from the second column.

3. Click the Selection caret color swatch

4. Select whatever color you want from the Colors panel which opens as illustrated in Figure 384 on page 432.

Spellcheck
the
color of the highlight of your text when you select it by using the Spelling Checker tools of Nisus Writer Pro


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