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Adding Text to the HTML/TEXT Module 

Adding content to a C2C HTML/TEXT module:

The most problematic action that we see in clients working with this module is the formatting. 
It is best to remove all formatting from your text prior to entering it into the online text editor.
When you have text that was copied from some other source, chances are that it is laden with unnecessary formatting.
The best way we've found to remove this formatting is to paste your text into NOTEPAD, then copy it from NOTEPAD and enter it into the text editor.

I've tried shortcutting this, on occasion, only to find that I'm adding unnecessary formatting that will effect the way my page looks once I've updated and viewed the page.
Another way to remove formatting, but not as fool-proof, is to paste the text from your source directly into the text editor, then highlight all of the text and click on the eraser icon on the top row of tools in the text editor.  This is typically the icon before the 'B' that is used for making your text bold, and it looks like an eraser.

Once you have the unformatted text in the text editor, you can apply all of your formatting there and you have all of the features that are available in most word processors.

But WAIT!  Before entering the text into the text editor create a table. 

To create the table:

  • Click on the table icon at the top of the text editor, typically found a couple of icons in front of the smiley face, and a couple of icons after the 'insert image' icon. 
  • Now you see the Table Properties window.
  • If the text is just a block of text that you're applying to an 'About Us' page, for instance, then just create a table with 1 row and 1 column.
    • Adjust accordingly if you're creating a table of names, email addresses, phone numbers, etc.
  • There are only a few things we like to change here, for ease of use, the Border Size=0, Cell Spacing and Padding=0 (this gives your table a clean look without the lines).
  • Typically, we set the alignment to center, but you may have a different preference.  Center alignment keeps your table in the middle of the page and is more visually appealing.
  • Last is the width which we usually set to 600 pixels.  This is a safe number that will keep your page from getting wider when you're done.  You can play with this number to see what works best for you.
  • The height will automatically adjust when you paste your text into the table.
  • Now click OK and you will have a small table in the text editor.  Don't worry, it will expand when you paste your text into it. 
  • If you are using several cells, I find that the best way to navigate between cells is with the left, right, up and down arrows on my keyboard.
 
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