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WinFlash supports a complete range of font effects as well as Unicode fonts, with both global and character-level control. Except for the Global Control settings, all other font control options are only available in the standard .flu source file format (introduced in v10.0).  The older-style .fls source file format does not support these capabilities.

Global Control

WinFlash maintains a default font setting for both the question and the answer text. These are initially set to Arial 12-point Black for the questions and Tahoma 12-point Black for the answers. These two settings  control which font is used when you enter or edit a pair in the WinFlash Editor. You can change these settings in Options|Colors/Fonts/Kbds.

Important Note: The default fonts for the Q's and A's are intentionally set to two different typefaces initially. This allows them to be modified independently. If they are ever set to the SAME typeface, the distinction between the fonts for the Q's and the A's is lost (for that particular study file) and you cannot then change them independently. If you attempt to set them to the same typeface, WinFlash will show a warning, but will allow you to proceed if you wish. If you are SURE you never wish to have the default font for the Q's be different in any way (including color, size, bolding, etc.) from the default font for the A's it is alright to go ahead and make them the same.

Beginning with v12, however, Scholar and Educator DO have the ability to separate Q's and A's that are initially set to the same default font, using the Batch Font Operations dialog, accessed from the Options|Colors/Fonts/Kbds panel.

Right-To-Left Default Control

For study files where either the questions or answers (or both) will be entered in a right-to-left language, set the default text order for the Q's and/or A's to right-to-left by checking the appropriate options in Options|View|Alignment & Q/A Dialog Control.

Character-level Control

WinFlash allows you to adjust the font settings for sections of text in a number of ways. In all cases you'll need to first select the portion of text for which you wish to adjust the font characteristics. Once you have a section of text selected you can use the editor's vertical row of font effect and alignment buttons to make changes to the text's appearance or, for more exacting control, use the right-click-invoked popup menu.

Character-level Control Using Font Effect Buttons

The buttons shown on the left are located in the WinFlash editor and can be used to quickly add or remove an effect from the currently-selected text string. They are, in order from top to bottom:

Toggle Bold
Toggle Italic
Toggle Underline
Toggle Overline
Toggle Strikethrough



Shrink One Point
Enlarge One Point
Change Font Color (select from palette that appears)
Change Font Background Color (select from palette that appears)
Left Justify
Right Justify
Increase Indent (when using an outline style)
Decrease Indent (when using an outline style)
Insert Symbol


Character-level Control Using Popup Menu

Right-clicking with the mouse on a selected text string will bring up the following popup menu:

Selecting the Font... item will, in turn, bring up the following dialog:

The font tab (shown) allows setting many of the most common font attributes. The layout tab will allow more advanced manipulations of the selected text - including adjustment of the vertical offset - used to generate custom sub and superscript effects.

Take a few minutes and experiment with all of the variations that you can achieve using multiple fonts and font effects. Then draw on these possibilities when you're looking for ways to enliven the content of your study files!




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