Setting Bold Text

You can apply a bold weight to text.

How to Use a Style to Set Bold Text

  1. From the Content Explorer, open the stylesheet that you want to modify.

  2. Complete one of the following sets of steps, depending on whether you want to use the Simplified view or Advanced view in the Stylesheet Editor.

    • Simplified The Simplified view displays styles in a grid view and is often best for brand new users.

      This view provides an easy way to apply properties to styles, with format options available from a toolbar and dialogs (similar to the way one would use an interface such as Microsoft Word). In some cases, only the most common property options are available in the Simplified view (e.g., font, letter/word spacing, paragraph alignment/indentation, autonumbering format, borders, background). One advantage of the Simplified view is that you can apply a property to multiple styles at the same time. You can also click a check box to hide the properties in the editor, allowing you to see only the styles.

    • Advanced The Advanced view displays styles in a tree structure, and despite the name, is user friendly for authors of all levels.

      For the properties, you can toggle between a grouped display and an alphabetical display. The Advanced view of the Stylesheet Editor lets you edit more settings than are available in the Simplified view. In addition, the Advanced view lets you see and apply settings to multiple mediums and media queries at the same time.

    Warning Mediums can be used if you want to use one group of settings for online output types and another group of settings for print-based output types. For example, you might use the default medium for your online outputs and the print medium for your print outputs.  From the Medium drop-down in the Stylesheet Editor, make sure the proper medium is selected before you begin. In the Advanced view, you can open multiple mediums at once; you just need to look at the title at the top of the medium pane and make sure you are working in the correct one. If you are not using stylesheet mediums for your different outputs or if you want all mediums to have the same settings, just leave the medium set to default and continue. Please note that Flare remembers the last medium that you used when working in the stylesheet, so it may or may not be the one that you want to use the next time around. See Mediums and Media Queries.

    If Using Simplified View

    1. In the local toolbar, make sure the first button displays (which means that the Simplified view is currently shown in the editor). If the button displays instead, then click it.
    2. In the upper-left of the editor, make sure the drop-down field is set to .
    3. Select a style (e.g., character, heading, paragraph).
    4. Do one of the following:
      • In the local toolbar of the Stylesheet Editor, click .

        OR

      • In the local toolbar of the editor, click . The Properties dialog opens. Select the Font tab. Click the down arrow in the Style field and select Bold (or Bold Italic if you want the text to also be italicized). In the Properties dialog, click OK.

    If Using Advanced View

    1. In the local toolbar, make sure the first button displays . If the button displays instead, then click it.
    2. In the upper-left of the editor, make sure the drop-down field is set to .
    3. Select a style (e.g., character, heading, paragraph).

    4. From the Show drop-down list on the upper-right side of the editor, select .
    5. (Optional) You can use the toggle button in the local toolbar to show properties below in a group view or an alphabetical view .
    6. If you are using the grouped view, expand the Font group.
    7. To the right of font-weight, click , and select one of the bold options from the drop-down.

      The numbers from 100 to 900 represent different levels of darkness. The number 400 is the same as a "normal" weight, and the number 700 is the same as the standard "bold" option.

  3. Click to save your work.

How to Use Local Formatting to Set Bold Text

  1. Open the content file.
  2. Select the appropriate text.
  3. Do one of the following, depending on the part of the user interface you are using:

    • Ribbon Select Home > .

    • Keyboard Shortcut Press CTRL+SHIFT+B. The Font Properties dialog opens. Select the Font tab. In the Style field, select Bold. In the Properties dialog, click OK.
    • Right-Click Right-click on the selected text and from the context menu choose Font. The Font Properties dialog opens. Select the Font tab. Click the down arrow in the Style field and select Bold. In the Properties dialog, click OK.
  4. Click to save your work.

What’s Noteworthy?

Note Some font families contain bold or italic variants (e.g., the font Georgia has a relative named "Georgia Bold" and another named "Georgia Italic"). If you are generating native Adobe PDF output, bold or italic formatting that is applied to text will display properly in the output ONLY if the font you are using already has a bold or italic font relative. You can determine the availability of such fonts by opening the Fonts folder from the Control Panel in Windows. For example, let's say you open the Fonts folder and see that, in addition to many other fonts, you have the following: Andalus, Angsana New, Angsana New Bold, Angsana New Bold Italic, and Angsana New Italic. If you use Andalus and apply bold or italic to some of the text, that content will not display in bold or italic in PDF output. However, if you use Angsana New and apply bold or italic to some of the text, that content will display in bold or italic in PDF output. The reason for this is that Andalus does not have a bold or italic relative, whereas the Angsana New font does.

What’s Next?

After editing a style, you can apply it to content in a topic or snippet. See Applying Styles to Content.