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Text Box Tool
Click Text Box Tool to add text box annotations to documents:
Figure 1. Tools Tab Submenu, Text Box Tool
When the Text Box Tool is selected, click and drag the pointer to determine the size of text boxes:
Figure 2. Text Box Tool Examples
•The upper image is how a text box appears when it is first inserted into a document. Enter the desired text using the keyboard. Press Enter to start new lines. Text style options are enabled in the Properties Toolbar when text is being entered. See here for an explanation of these options.
•The central image is how a text box appears when text is being entered. Right-click text boxes to launch the text editing options menu. Text editing options are explained here.
•The lower image is how a text box appears when it is completed and subsequently selected.
•Click and drag the control points to resize text boxes.
•Click and drag text boxes to reposition them.
•Click and drag the green control point to rotate text boxes. Hold down Shift to rotate at increments of fifteen degrees.
•Use the arrow keys to reposition text boxes. Hold down Shift to move at an increased increment.
•Use the editing aids detailed here to assist in the precise placement of text boxes.
•Right-click text boxes for further options. See here for an explanation of these options.
•When the Text Box Tool is selected, the following options are enabled in the Properties Toolbar:
•Fill Color determines the color of the text box.
•Stroke Color determines the the border color of the text box.
•Border Style determines the style of the border used around the text box.
•Border Width determines the width of the border used around the text box.
•Opacity determines the level of transparency for text boxes and their content.
•Blend Mode determines how text boxes blend with underlying content. These options are explained here.
•Keep Selected determines whether or not the Text Box Tool remains selected after a text box has been created. If this option is enabled then the tool will remain selected and can be used to create several text boxes consecutively. If this option is not enabled then PDF-XChange Editor will revert to the designated default tool immediately after creating a text box.
•Exclusive Mode simplifies the process of using the Text Box Tool. When Exclusive Mode is enabled, the pointer ignores all interactive elements of documents other than base content. This makes it possible to create text box notes on areas that overlap with other content without the risk of accidentally selecting undesired items. When Exclusive Mode is disabled, the pointer recognizes and interacts with all underlying elements in the usual manner.
•Click Properties to view/edit the additional text box properties, as detailed below.
•Note that several default styles are available for text boxes notes, as detailed in (figure 1). Click to select alternative annotation styles. The Comment Styles Palette can be used to save customized text box styles for subsequent use. Right-click the Text Box icon in the Comment Toolbar to view existing styles and/or access the Comment Styles Palette.
•The Commenting section of the Preferences dialog box can be used to view/edit preferences for comments.
Please note that to select text after a text box has been completed it is necessary to click to select the text box and then click again to select the text. This is because PDF-XChange Editor must recognize text boxes and the text that text boxes contain as separate items as they feature different editing options. See here for information on editing text boxes.
Figure 3. Text Box Properties Pane
•Subject is the name of the text box comment, as referenced in the Comments pane.
•Author is the name of the user that created the text box comment.
•Name is the unique name of the text box comment, as referenced within the application.
•Created is the date and time at which the text box comment was created.
•Modified is the date and time at which the text box comment was last modified.
•Printable is the print status of the text box comment. If this property is enabled then the comment is printed with the document. If this property is not enabled then the comment is not printed.
•Locked is the locked status of the text box comment. If this property is enabled then the comment cannot be deleted and its properties (including its position and size) cannot be modified by users.
•Layer is the optional content layer to which the text box comment belongs. Further information about layers is available here.
•Fill Color determines the color of the text box comment.
•Stroke Color determines the border color of the text box comment.
•Border Style determines the border style of the text box comment
•Border Width determines the border width of the text box comment.
•Opacity determines the level of transparency in the text box comment.
•Blend Mode determines how the text box comment blends with overlapping content, as detailed here.
•Rotation determines the degrees of rotation of the text box comment.