Changing text properties in a field via the IDE

Graham Samuel livfoss at
Tue May 19 17:10:20 EDT 2020

Well, I am happy to be wrong, so I repeated exactly what you did, of course using my own bit of styled text. It didn’t work - partly because I can only select the text in the field itself in ‘run’ mode, but I can only see the Inspector in ‘edit’ mode. When I switch between the two modes, I can’t do your (5), because I can’t select the text in the pane as you suggest.

I am sorry to be dumb - I expect you’re right, but it really doesn’t work for me.


> On 19 May 2020, at 19:53, Richard Gaskin via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> Graham Samuel wrote:
> > To an ordinary LC developer, if you can change the properties of the
> > initial text (to a different size for example) without overtly
> > selecting it, then the same behaviour can be expected from the IDE
> > when trying to change text you’ve pasted in. It may or may not be
> > styled, but the confusing part is that selecting the text in the
> > Object Inspector has no effect...
> I just tried this recipe:
> 1. Paste styled text into a field
> 2. Choose pointer tool
> 3. Double-click the field to open the Inspector
> 4. In the Inspector, navigate to the Text pane
> 5. In that pane, select text, then type Ctrl-B
> RESULT: Both the styled text in the Inspector and the styled text in the field being inspected updates the contents to show the portion I'd changed to bold.
> Is that not working there?
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> Richard Gaskin
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