True Page

The Text Editor’s True Page formatting level retains the original layout and formatting as closely as possible.

The program detects the different page elements and places them in text, picture and table boxes, multicolumn areas or frames.

Text, picture and table boxes are simple elements, multicolumn areas and frames are more complex. A multicolumn area, enclosed by an orange border, may contain columns of flowing text, pictures and tables. A frame encloses one or more text, table and/or picture boxes. You can ungroup these complex areas (multicolumn areas and frames) and reorder the boxes.

You can also change frame, table and cell borders as well as background color for text boxes, frames and tables. Headers and footers are placed in text boxes and may be transferred to the target application. You can select options for header/footer handling in a converter options dialog box.

To ungroup a complex area:

  • Right-click a multicolumn area and choose Ungroup on the shortcut menu.

The grouped elements of the current multicolumn area will appear separately.

To group separate elements together:

  1. Select the elements.

  2. Choose Group To and the appropriate item: Frame or Multicolumn Area on the shortcut menu.

To convert an element:

  • Right-click an element and choose Convert To and the appropriate item: Text Box, Picture or Table on the shortcut menu.

To change border properties:

  • Select the items in the Text Editor and choose the appropriate submenu on the shortcut menu: Frame… or Table….

The Borders and Shading dialog box will appear where you can assign or remove borders and change line styles, width and color.

To change a background color:

  1. Select the item and choose the appropriate submenu on the shortcut menu: Frame…, Table… or Text Box….

The Borders and Shading dialog box will appear.

  1.  Click the Shading tab and choose a color.

To change header/footer handling:

Choose Change To and the appropriate item: Header, Footer or Body Text on the shortcut menu.

See Reading order for more information on reordering elements.


  • True Page is usually unsuitable for viewing texts in Japanese, Chinese or Korean: prefer Formatted Text or Plain Text – text is always displayed horizontally. In contrast to this, to reinstate vertical orientation in the target application for Japanese and Chinese, you need to use True Page or Flowing Page as the output formatting level. See Asian language recognition.

True Page