Drawing Lines in Text
You can incorporate lines into your text with custom angles, width, color, and
Create a horizontal line by applying the preset Paragraph Style Horizontal
Line. Place the cursor on a blank line and double-click the Horizontal Line
Style in the Stylist. If the entry for horizontal lines is not visible in the list of
Paragraph Styles, switch the view in the Stylist from "Automatic" to "All
You can draw a line above, beside or below a paragraph by choosing Format -
Paragraph - Borders.
To define the line attributes and direction, use the Line drawing object as
1. On the Main Toolbar, long-click the Show Draw Functions icon to
open the Draw Functions floating toolbar and click the Line icon.
The mouse pointer changes to a cross-hair symbol with a line
2. In your document, click where the line should begin. Hold down
the mouse button and drag to the point where you want the line to
end. If you also hold down the Shift key, you can draw only hori-
zontal, vertical, and diagonal lines.
3. Release the mouse button once the line has the desired direction
and length. You can then draw more lines. End this function by
pressing the Esc key or by clicking the Selection icon from the
Draw Functions floating toolbar.
4. After clicking the Selection icon, you can select all of the lines at
the same time by clicking each line while holding down the Shift
key. This multiple selection enables you to assign all of them a
common color, width or other attribute.
The lines and other drawing objects that you insert in text are not defined in
HTML, and are therefore not exported directly into HTML format. Instead, they
are exported as graphics.
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