General Text Object tips

Text objects operate in two modes:
  • Move/Resize mode: When the object is in the move/resize mode, it appears as a broken line frame with resizing handles.

    In this mode, resize the text object by dragging any of the resizing handles or move it by placing the cursor inside the object and dragging it to a new location. You can also insert fields in this mode but you can not insert text. A text object is changed to the move/resize mode in one of two ways: by clicking the text object when it is inactive or by clicking the frame when the object is in edit mode.
  • Edit mode: When the object is in the edit mode, it appears as a broken line frame without sizing handles.

    Each text object contains word processor capabilities including the ability to change the fonts for individual characters and fields and automatic word wrap. In the edit mode, it is possible to insert text and non-text objects (database fields and formulas). When the object is in edit mode, the cursor indicates the position that typed text or inserted fields is inserted. To move the cursor, use the arrow keys or the Enter key.
     
    • To highlight selected text in a text object to delete it, to change a font, etc.
    • To select a field in a text object, position the cursor over the field and right-click when the cursor changes to and I-beam.
    • To insert text, simply type the text and it appears at the cursor position.
    • Fields must be inserted from the Insert Database fields box. The frame changes to a plus sign in a box when it is in a position where the field can be inserted. If you do not see the plus sign, the field is placed over the text object instead of being inserted within it. The program always places the field at the cursor position.
 

Address Line Concatenation
 

  1. From the Insert menu, select Text Object and place the text object within the
    report.
  2. With the text object in edit mode, insert Address Line 1 and use the
    Enter key to move to the next line.
  3. After each of the address lines have been placed in the text object, place the City field followed by a comma and a space.
  4. Insert the state field after the space and add another space.
  5. Insert the ZIP Code field.
  6. Resize the text object so that it only takes up one line.
    Note: Only the first address line appears in the text object on the Design tab, but the other fields are still there.
  7. Once the fields are placed, highlight the text object, right-click, and select Format Text. Mark the Can Grow checkbox and enter 0 for the Maximum number of lines to indicate that the text object can grow an unlimited number of lines, if needed.
  8. Mark the Suppress Embedded Field Blank Lines checkbox to suppress Address Lines if they do not contain data. The address lines should appear concatenated for each constituent that has an address.