All About Background Colors in the Freeform
There are two ways that text in the Freeform Text Area (FTA) can
have a background color.
1. The default background color for the entire FTA can be set in
the General tab of the Datafile
window. This setting uses a property of the text
view itself. The default setting is white.
We'll refer to this kind of background color as
"the FTA background color".
2. A block of text can have a background color attribute set for
it. This color will show behind that block of text, no matter what
the FTA background color is.
Because this is how the Toggle
function works, we'll refer to this kind of
background color as a "highlight-style background color", even if
the color was set by some other method.
It is common for users to copy a block of text in another
application (Safari, Mail, Pages, etc.) and paste that text into
the FTA of a datafile. If that text includes a highlight-style
background color, that background color will appear in the pasted
text, so the FTA background color will not show behind that text.
To remove all highlight-style background colors from all selected
the current datafile, select Strip
Highlights in All Selected Record
s under the Format
Scan through your records and make sure you are satisfied with the
results. If you are, Save
the changes (command-S
If not, select Revert to Saved
under the File
This change will not affect font colors, font styles, point sizes,
or background colors. In addition, it will not affect paragraph
spacing or tables, and it will leave images intact.
NOTE: Currently deselected records will be ignored, so if you have
a record for which you want to retain any highlight-style
background colors, go to that record and select Deselect
under the Select
menu (or type command-option-control-D
Do this for as many records as you wish. When you are done
removing highlights, select All Records
under the Select
menu (or type command-option-A
) to reselect the deselected
records. (See Selecting
for more record selection options.)