The large space in the middle of the screen is the editor where you will enter and format your text. The editor functions very much like a miniature word processor – just type the desired text into the editor window.



Above the editor is a Speed Bar containing several buttons and controls that will assist you in formatting and editing your text. These items are described below:


Undo the last edit.

Cut the selected text to the Clipboard.

Copy the selected text to the Clipboard.

Paste text from the Clipboard into the editor.

Delete the selected text.

Create a Hyperlink. (See the Add Link menu command.)

Edit the Hyperlink under the cursor.

Delete the Hyperlink under the cursor.

Create a Bookmark. (See the Add Bookmark menu command.)

Edit the Bookmark under the cursor.

Delete the Bookmark under the cursor.

Format the current paragraph or selection as a bulleted list.


Hint: Additional bullet styles are available by selecting the Bullets command from the Text Editor’s Format menu.

Format the current paragraph or selection as a numbered list.

Increase the left margin of the current paragraph or selection.

Decrease the left margin of the current paragraph or selection.

Insert a simple table into the document at the current cursor position. A small screen will appear allowing you to define the number of rows and columns for the table. Once created, text may be entered into the table’s cells. The attributes of the Table containing the cursor may be modified using the commands in the Text Editor’s Table menu.

Insert an extended ASCII character into the text. (The characters available depend on the font selected.)

Insert a VisualNEO for Windows Variable into the text.


A variable is simply an area of the computer’s memory that you can use to temporarily store information (text or numbers) relevant to your publication. For example, you might request that your reader enter his or her name at the start of a publication. That variable could then be used to personalize the publication. For example, you might enter something like this in the Text Editor:

Suddenly, [Name] saw a bright flash in the sky. "Could it be a spaceship," [Name] asked? No, it’s probably just an airplane.

Notice the word Name surrounded by square brackets – that’s a variable. In VisualNEO for Windows parlance, the names of variables are always surrounded by [brackets]. That’s how VisualNEO for Windows knows that you’re referring to a variable called [Name] and not the word “Name”. At runtime, VisualNEO for Windows will automatically update your document with the contents of any variables you specify. For example, the same document as the reader might see it:

Suddenly, Billy Johnson saw a bright flash in the sky. "Could it be a spaceship," Billy Johnson asked? No, it’s probably just an airplane.


Use these controls to select a font, size and color for the currently selected text.


Bold the selected text.

Italicize the selected text.

Underline the selected text.

Display the selected text as Superscript.

Display the selected text as Subscript.

Display the selected text as Strikethrough.

Align the current paragraph to the left.

Align the current paragraph to the center.

Align the current paragraph to the right.

Justify the current paragraph.


The ruler can be used to set margins and tabs for the current paragraph. You can set tab stops by clicking the ruler where you want the tab to appear. Tabs can be deleted by dragging them off the ruler. You can indent the current paragraph by dragging the little hourglass symbols located at each end of the ruler. You can also use commands found in the Format menu to set tabs and modify the appearance of paragraphs.