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Replacing Filler Text

When you first add a new page to a site, it is prefilled with content from Apple. The photos are all stock images, and the text is either headlines that match those photos or paragraphs of gibberish filler text. This filler content is actually helpful if you want to create pages quickly and easily because it serves as a guide to what should go on the page. It also saves you from having to think about where to place your own text and pictures: just replace the generic material that’s already there.

Replacing the filler text is very simple. Simply click once anywhere within a text box (the area that contains the text that has a light outline around it) to select it and then a second time to begin editing the text itself—you’ll notice that the cursor turns into the same I-beam style that it does in any other application. After you click inside a text box, you can begin deleting or editing what’s there. You can even use the Select All command from the Edit menu to select all the text and then delete it. If you do this, the text box remains its original size. However, if you enter more text than there is space in the box, the box will expand to accommodate the additional text.

You can also resize text boxes by hand (to make them wider or narrower or longer or shorter) by clicking on the tiny squares at each corner and in the middle of each side and dragging (see Figure 3). Similarly, you can move a text box around on the page by clicking and dragging it (although if you’re editing text in it, you need to click elsewhere on the page first).

Figure 3

Figure 3 Selected text box ready to resize or move

To change the font of all text in a text box, click it once to select it and then click Fonts in the toolbar. The Mac OS X Fonts palette displays (see Figure 4), from which you can select any installed font and size. For the most commonly used fonts (such as Helvetica, Arial, and Times), iWeb renders your words as text when it publishes a site. However, for specialized fonts, iWeb might render the text as an image file, which will cause your site to take up more space on your iDisk or Web server and to download more slowly. To change only some of the text in a text box, click the text box a second time and then select the words that you want displayed in the alternate font (as in Microsoft Word).

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Figure 4 Mac OS X Fonts palette

You can add additional text boxes to any of the templates by clicking Text in the toolbar. This button creates a small new text box in the middle of the page, but it has no filler text. You can add text to, move, and resize the additional text box as you would any of the default text boxes.

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