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Fooling with Toolbars in WordPerfect 11

The WordPerfect window features several bars containing buttons and controls, which WordPerfect calls, loosely, toolbars. This article focuses on the three most prominent of them:

  • The WordPerfect 11 Toolbar (alias "the Toolbar"): This is the Mother of All Toolbars, a collection of buttons for some of the most common tasks people do in WordPerfect. Among other tasks that you can perform with the Toolbar, you can start here if you want to open, save, and print documents.
  • The Property Bar: In WordPerfect, the Property Bar is the spot where you can modify the properties (such as boldness ) of text in your documents.
  • The Application Bar: The Application Bar is the bar at the very bottom of the WordPerfect window. Its buttons perform a hodgepodge of tasks.

Toiling with the Toolbar

The Toolbar (whose formal name is the WordPerfect 11 Toolbar) is a collection of buttons for some of the most common WordPerfect tasks, such as opening, saving, and printing documents; you can also find buttons to for cutting, copying, and pasting text; and if you want to add bullets or numbers to your text, look no further than the Toolbar. Figure 1 shows the Toolbar and some of the most common buttons you'll use on it.


Figure 1: The Toolbar serves up some of your favorite power tools.

Producing results with the Property Bar

Any object you can hold in your hand has certain characteristics or properties associated with it. There's nothing magical about this fact; it's just the way things are. Take, for instance, a blue coffee mug filled with the hot, beany liquid. If you were asked to describe the cup's properties, you might answer that it has several traits: a pretty indigo blue color, a 12-ounce capacity, burning hot sides due to its contents, and so on.

Each of the pieces of a document — whether it is a single word, chunk of text, paragraph, picture, or table — has similar characteristics. A word, for example, has a font typeface, color, and style attributes (bold, italic, or underlined). In English, boldfaced text is boldfaced text.In WordPerfect, the text has a bold property.

You can change properties in WordPerfect by using Menu bar commands, but that approach takes longer. Like the Toolbar, the Property Bar is a convenience, meant to keep the important text style options a single click away.

Because the Property Bar is all about the properties of whatever you're typing, the bar changes on its own, depending on where your cursor is! When you start typing, your Property Bar looks like the one shown in Figure 2. But say, for example, that you decide to add a little table to your document. Suddenly, the Property Bar includes buttons that offer information about your table, as well as telling you about the text in the table's columns, as shown in Figure 3.

If you're a control freak, you may not like all of this change going on around you without your permission. But take our word for it; this feature is actually quite useful. It means that you don't have to go searching through all of WordPerfect's menus to find out exactly which commands might be relevant to what you're working on. Instead, WordPerfect puts the things it thinks you might be interested in right there on the Property Bar.


Figure 2: The default Property Bar.


Figure 3: The Property Bar when you're working with a table.

Some buttons on the Property Bar (the Bold, Italic, and Underline buttons, for instance) appear to be "on" (pressed) whenever your cursor (insertion point) is among text that has that button's property. If your cursor is among bold text, for instance, the B button appears pressed.

Some of the Property Bar buttons are really drop-down lists more than they are buttons. Click one of these triangles on the far-left side of the Property Bar in Figure 3, for example, to see a list of fonts. Click a font to choose it.

Applying yourself to the Application Bar

The Application Bar is kind of a gray area — both literally (it is the gray area at the very bottom of the WordPerfect window) and figuratively (its purpose in life is kind of murky, filled with a hodgepodge of tasks). Figure 4 shows you what's on this bar.


Figure 4: The Application Bar hosts a bunch of stuff.

The WordPerfect Application Bar displays buttons that reveal or control various aspects of WordPerfect or your document. They are as follows:

  • Document buttons: The left side of the Application Bar displays the name of the document you're working on. This feature comes in quite handy when you are working with more than one document. Clicking the name of the document activates it in the window.
  • Digital signature: Clicking the icon with the pad and pen displays a dialog box that allows you to digitally sign a document for security purposes. You may not really need this kind of security. If so, ignore this button unless you're James Bond!
  • Shadow cursor: The button that has a kind of blurry-looking capital I enables you to switch the shadow cursor on or off. While the regular cursor is the blinking vertical line after which text appears when you type, the shadow cursor shows you where the cursor or insertion point would go if you were to click the mouse button. Click the blurry picture once or twice, move your mouse around the document, and you'll get the idea.
  • All Caps: The button labeled AB enables you to switch between typing normally and typing in all uppercase. It does the same thing as the Caps Lock key on your keyboard, but is more helpful: You know All Caps is turned on because the button has a pressed-in state.
  • Print: The printer icon takes you to the Print to dialog box. From there, you can set up your printer or print your document.
  • Insert/typeover mode: The button where the word Insert appears in Figure 4 controls whether you are typing in insert or typeover mode. This button does the same thing as the Insert key on your keyboard.
    When you are editing something fancy, such as a table or a merge file, other information may appear in this box.
  • Text cursor position: At the far right, the Application Bar tells you where you are in your document, including the page number (Pg), how far down the page you are (Ln), and where you are across the page (Pos).
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