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Visual helpers

Some formatting styles appear in the rich text editor that do not appear in the saved version of your page content. They are present to help you see the "hidden" formatting that is applied to your content.

Blue lines around heading

The blue lines around headings should help you see where headings are located.

Since headings are configured with a lot of margin between the heading and the line above, an extra empty heading can create a big gap in your page content. Also, the empty heading isn't helpful for accessibility.

To remove the heading format style from text, you can

  1. Click in the heading (anywhere)
  2. In the Heading # menu, (below the Block style: menu) select
    1. Remove block format to remove all heading code. Eventually you will need to choose something else, or a paragraph will be automatically applied
    2. A different block style, such as a different heading level

Headings are also configured with H3,H4,H5, etc. along the right margin of the heading in the RTE. This helps give you a quick visual indicator of what level each heading is, so you can make adjacent headings the desired level without trial-and-error.

Blue lines around links

The blue lines around links should help you see where links are located.

Some approaches to delete links can leave behind a link with no link text. These blue lines make it easier for you to see, and remove, the empty link. Removing empty links improves accessibility.

To remove links, you can

  1. Click in the link (anywhere)
  2. Click the Remove link button
  3. The hyperlink is completely removed. If you want to also delete the text, you can do so now

Blue lines around table cells

The blue lines around tables should help you see where table cells are located.

You can toggle these lines on or off by clicking the Toggle borders button.

Use hotkeys

Speed up your content editing and use hotkeys for tasks.

  • bold Ctrl+b
  • italic Ctrl+i 
  • align left Ctrl+l 
  • align right Ctrl+r 
  • align center Ctrl+e 
  • align justify Ctrl+j 
  • cut Ctrl+x  
  • paste Ctrl+v  (your browser may issue a warning when you Ctrl+v to paste.  If your browser prompts for permission to access the clipboard, you can safely answer "Yes").
  • heading 3 Ctrl+3
  • heading 4 Ctrl+4
  • heading 5 Ctrl+5
  • heading 6 Ctrl+6

Control line spacing

There has been some confusion regarding the insertion of new lines in TYPO3.  By default, Enter inserts a blank line (or new paragraph).

To insert a line break, but not a new paragraph, use Shift-Enter

Advanced RTE options


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Last Updated: Monday, December 03, 2012 6:10:50 PM