Selecting A Block

Before changing the size, position or other parameters of a block you must select it. A selected block appears with a red border if it belongs to this page type, or with a purple border if it is inherited from a template (and therefore cannot be changed in this page type).

There are two ways to select a block:

  • use the mouse to click within the block on the page type display; or

  • choose the appropriate tab and/or drop-down item from the information area on the right side of the window.

For example, to select a fixed block you can either click on it or select the Blocks tab and choose it from the drop-down list.

Clicking on a point that lies within more than one block will display a menu so you can select the block you want:

If a block is difficult to select using the mouse (such as very thin blocks used to draw rules) you can hold the Shift key down while clicking to select any blocks that are near that point. The Shift key also selects blocks that are marked as hidden.

A special case is made where you have a single data block (i.e. a single column layout) which takes up the entire data area. In this case clicking the block selects the data area, not the data block. To select the data block, click again in the data area (in other words, a data block that fills the data area can be selected by double-clicking it).

A fixed block can be hidden to make it easier to select blocks that it overlaps with. See “Fixed Block Fields” for more information.

The result of clicking elsewhere in the display is as follows:

  • Clicking on the gray area around the “page” selects the page type (this is only relevant when more than one page type is displayed).

  • Clicking on the light gray area on the edges of the page selects the print area. The print area displays with a dotted border when selected.

  • Clicking on a point within the crop area not within any other block selects the crop area. The crop area displays with a dashed border when selected.

  • Clicking on a point with the data area not within any other block selects the data area.

This is illustrated by the following figure: