In order to edit text (e.g., changing, deleting, copying font type, etc.), the text must be selected by using the mouse or keyboard.
||Fast Copy on/off
Fast copying on/off:
- Selecting via keyboard is often more precise and efficient.
It is done by pressing the SHIFT key and moving the Picture up
or Picture down key or the cursor keys. This procedure is esp.
recommended for selecting larger areas.
- Working with shortcut keys for frequently used functions is much
faster than using the mouse. Using hotkeys such as CTRL+C,
CTRL+V and CTRL+X is considerably quicker when
typing than using the mouse. Most keyboard combinations are the same in
all Windows programs.
- Blank lines: If the line is locked because it is a calculation line, a line for writing can be inserted using
Edit - Line -Insert blank line (CTRL+K)
When using fast copying, copying is only possible within the VCmaster
document. This saves memory space and speeds up the copying of large
sections or graphics. For copying into external programs this options
has to be deactivated.
Characteristics of Calculation Lines:
- Calculation lines and
tables must always be moved or copied
as a complete entity. This is checked by the program.
- The cursor must be placed at the leftmost position when inserting
calculation lines. Calculation lines always require a complete line.
Incorrect inputs are normally corrected by the program.
- VCmaster verifies all calculation results when inserting,
moving, deleting or copying. The program automatically checks
the consequences of the process and adjusts all affected results.
- This options renders it possible to copy a structural analysis even
if it needs to be calculated at various positions in the document.
All new input values are immediately taken into account.
The exact placement of text is only possible using tabs. A distinction is made between the following tabs:
: Define placement of tabs (in cm) under
Format - Paragraph / Tab
. Press the TAB key after each entry.
Shifting or deleting a tab:
First select the line the
ruler is referring to. The tab character may be shifted by holding down the left
mouse button. A tab must not be shifted beyond another tab. In order to
delete a tab pull it downwards leaving the ruler.
The tabs displayed in the ruler refer to the line
the cursor is currently positioned in.Characteristics of
Tabs are also used for formatting
calculation lines. These are automatically defined by the calculating
In calculation lines:
A typical effect of Windows
programs is that at times the tab needs to be moved to the right in
order to move the formula to the left. This applies, for example, if 6
cm is provided for the text but the formula contains more text. In
this case, please move the first tab in the paragraph ruler (see above)
to the right until it is behind the text preceding the formula. Then set
the other tabs accordingly. You should never move a tab over another one
as it is important to maintain the order of left-justified,
right-justified and decimal tabs.
|Format - Paragraph/Tab
Control characters such as paragraph marks and space marks can be
made visible by clicking on the Display hidden characters
characters are made invisible by clicking again.
|Extras-Display-Show all Characters
It is often easier to arrange numerical and text columns in tables than by using tabs. A table can also be used to display a paragraph consisting of several
columns or to place an image alongside a text (e.g. a logo in a header or footer).
Calculating in a table:
Calculations can be performed if a table is defined as a calculation table. (see
Using simple tables, frames can be defined in a text e.g:
- Moving within a table: You can switch between the cells in a table by using the mouse or TAB or SHIFT+TAB.
- Selecting: When selecting the rows of a table with the mouse, it is easier to mark from right to left.
- Changes within the table: Using the context menu or
Toolbox table rows and columns are inserted, modified or deleted.
Additionally frames, colors and shades can be defined using the context
menu or toolbox.
Certain elements in the document, like graphics, legends or comments, can be placed within the document with the help of a
. Adjacent texts can be aligned left or right of the text box.
Move text box
The position and size of the text box can be edited by mouse-click into the text box border. The mouse pointer changes (image). To adjust the size, click on one of the four markers along the border. Size and position are changed by holding down the left mouse button.
Editing text boxes
The text box’s content can be changed by clicking on the text box. Alternatively the
is available at the text box’s anchor point.
- Edit: Edit content
- Settings: Adjust color, border and spacing
- Align text left or right: Define text alignment
: The text box will be deleted, if the corresponding anchor is deleted.
special characters are sorted in three tabs. The dialog closes after
insertion of one character, if the box Active
Font Style and Layout
Structural analysis calculations can be checked for spelling errors
which is almost impossible to do with standard text programs as the structural analysis contains technical terms or formula symbols.
In addition to a German and English dictionary, VCmaster includes a technical dictionary with more than 15,000 terms from the building and construction industry. Terms that are not already included in the dictionary can be added.
User Interface Layout
The settings can be made under the Extras-Settings-Program-Interface
The layout view and its color design are set in the same
menu. The layout view can be deactivated. VCmaster then appears in the
classic view (see below).
The page view or print preview
(F8 key) displays the finished document on the screen.
Two modes are available:
- The standard view: Compiles the complete document with Page numbers, Table of contents and all Sub documents .
The quick view: Displays the current document without updating the fields, such as page numbers and contents and
also sub documents.
It is recommended to use Quick View
while editing as the document is called up considerably faster. It is especially useful with large documents. For the final compilation of the documentation (e.g. before PDF export or printing), the
option should be deactivated again.