Editing the Look of Topic Toolbars

You can use the Madcap|topicToolbarProxy style to change the look of the container holding generated topic toolbars, although it is not always the preferred method, especially with HTML5 output. For more information about how the style settings work with the different kinds of outputs that support topic toolbars, see Inserting and Editing a Topic Toolbar Proxy.

How to Edit the Look of Topic Toolbars

  1. From the Content Explorer, open the stylesheet that you want to modify.
  2. In the local toolbar, make sure the first button displays . If the button displays instead, then click it.

    Note Some of the necessary style properties can also be changed in the Simplified view in the Stylesheet Editor.

  3. In the upper-left corner of the editor, click in the drop-down field and select .
  4. On the left side of the editor, select MadCap|topicToolbarProxy.
  5. From the Show drop-down list on the upper-right side of the editor, select . The most relevant properties for that style are shown on the right side of the editor.
  6. (Optional) You can use the toggle button in the local toolbar to show properties below in a group view or an alphabetical view .
  7. Locate the property you want to change.
  8. The area to the right of the property is used for selecting and entering values. If you know how to enter the information correctly, you can click in the value field and type it directly. Otherwise, click the ellipsis button to the right of the property. Depending on the type of property, the appropriate controls and options display, allowing you to choose or enter values (e.g., select from a drop-down list, click a button, complete fields in a dialog or popup). If you completed values in a popup, click OK at the bottom of the box.

    Here are some of the more common properties that you might change.

    • Border below To change the border line that appears at the bottom of the topic toolbar, expand the Borders property group. Then to the right of border-bottom, click , and in the popup set the border width, unit of measurement, color, and/or style. Click OK. You can also use the other cells in this property group to add borders above, to the left, or to the right of the topic toolbar.
    • Padding above To change the amount of empty space (padding) above the text within the topic toolbar container, expand the Box property group. Then to the right of padding-top, click , in the popup set the padding value, and click OK.
    • Padding below To change the amount of empty space (padding) below the text within the topic toolbar container, expand the Box property group. Then to the right of padding-bottom, click , in the popup set the padding value, and click OK.
    • Space above To change the amount of space above the topic toolbar container, expand the Box property group. Then to the right of margin-top, click , in the popup set the margin value, and click OK.
    • Space below To change the amount of space below the topic toolbar container, expand the Box property group. Then to the right of margin-bottom, click , in the popup, set the margin value, and click OK.

    Note You can also affect the look of topic toolbars by modifying the styles in your skin. See HTML5 Skin Styles and Standard Skin Styles.

    Note For more information about the components and properties in the editor, as well as the tasks that you can perform in it, see Styles and Stylesheets, Editing Styles in a Regular Stylesheet, and Stylesheet Editor.

    Note Different browsers may treat margin and padding settings differently. For example, Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox honor padding settings more than they honor margin settings. If you were to set a left margin at, say, 1 inch, Internet Explorer 7 would show it that way. However, in order to get the same results in Internet Explorer 8 or Firefox, you would also need to set the left padding at 1 inch.

  9. Click to save your work.