ColorTxt.wcm is a macro finds specified words or short phrases and
This is done in a similar manner to Format, Font, Color -- but it works on all the specified words or phrases that are found in the document.
It may be
particularly useful in long letters or reports to add color emplasis to certain
words or phrases.
When you play the macro a menu appears.
Simply input the desired word or (short) phrase to color. Then choose a color. Several standard colors are available, or you
can use a color wheel or RGB color values to select a custom color.
(See the Tip below about RGB values.)
You can play the macro more than once on the
same document, using different colors for different text.
Menu options include adding bold and/or italics to
the item(s) and to pause for confirmation of each instance found. You
can also remove existing colors before adding new ones.
Note that applying a "red color" as used here
is not the same as Redline (i.e., a red appearance applied with Format, Font, Redline,
or the red color created with WordPerfect's Document Compare/Review).
Colorizing text with this macro uses color codes to bracket the text,
the same as if you used Fomrat, Font, Color to apply a color.
You can undo changes (Edit, Undo) after
printing or viewing. However, it is always best to work on a copy of
the document or save it with a different name after applying the color.
A menu option allows removing all (or
specific) instances of color.
- RGB ("Red/Green/Blue") numerical values for
custom colors can be obtained by passing your mouse slowly over the
small color squares in Format, Font, Color. The three numbers
correspond to the Red/Green/Blue components of the color.
- You can quickly delete all color codes (as
well as many other WordPerfect format codes) in the document with DelCodes. The DelCodes macro is especially
useful to simultaneously remove both color and bold/italics from
certain sections of th document. For smaller sections of selected
text, you can copy (Ctrl+C) the selection to the clipboard, then
immediately paste it back into the original selection area with
Ctrl+Shift+V or with Edit, Paste Special, Unformatted text (here is a macro to do this).
- If you want to quickly highlight text in
various colors in the same document, see the HiLite
- To color an individual selection of text (or an individual word) using a keyboard shortcut, you will need a separate, simple macro. For example, copy this code into your WordPerfect (see here for help) to create a working macro, then assign it to an available keyboard shortcut. It will color the word(s) in blue (but you can change the RGB value (see first tip above):
- If (NOT ?BlockActive)
SelectWord // (if nothing else was selected, select the word)
TextColor (Red: 0; Green: 0; Blue: 255)
PosBlockBottom // (optional)
- Once you apply more than one color to text
in the same document, you can remove all color codes at once with a
menu choice (you could also do this manually with Find and Replace,
Match, Codes, Color), or you can remove these items one at a time by
choosing the Pause option. (Incidentally, be sure "Whole Word" is set
'off' in Find and Replace if you decide to use the manual method.)
- WordPerfect cannot search for a specific
color's code, just a universal [Color] code -- of which there are both
single-code and paired-code varieties. (Actually, it is possible to do
this but it would complicate the macro's program code.)
- So you can't select, say, just items
colors and delete that color only from the text. (Sorry.) However, as
mentioned, the macro has an option to pause and ask for confirmation
during the color removal process. This lets you choose to remove a
particular color or a particular instance of the same color, by
processing the document one item at a time.
- Words hyphenated with normal soft [-
Hyphen] codes will not be found, which seems to be a limitation of the
WordPerfect macro language. If you replace all such codes first with
hard hyphens, the macro will find "hyphenated" words. (Start at the
top. Click on Edit, Find and Replace, then with the cursor in the
"Find" field, click Match, Codes, "-Hyphen", Insert, Close. Repeat for
the "Replace with" field, but insert "-Hyphen Character".)
- The macro language cannot store text
strings longer than 64 characters in a variable. This is the reason for
the character limit in the text input field on the main menu.