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Plaintext
What is Plaintext?

Plaintext is a format editing tool that can be used with Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook. A key objective is to enable you to copy sections from the internet, format them and copy them into your document, thereby

 

acting like a formatting tool. Any formatting changes in Plaintext are saved alongside the document. These can be opened anytime the document is open. An additional service offered by Plaintext is that you can translate

 

any text that you copy into Plaintext. All of this is explained below.

 

How to open Plaintext

To open Plaintext, go to the Numero tab (if working in Word, PowerPoint or Outlook) or the Dynochem/NumeroChem tab (if working in Excel). Click on the Plaintext icon      to open it. It will open on the right-hand side of the application as shown below. 

Opening a file into Plaintext

      Click on the document text icon   located in the toolbar or go to the triple bar menu and select Open. 

       This will open a window where you can select a file on your computer. Click on the Open button to import it into Plaintext. 

      Plaintext can open any one of the following documents: 

Text Fonts

       To change the text font, first click on the triple bar menu icon and then hover the mouse icon over Fonts. This will provide the available fonts. The available fonts are tabulated below:   

MonoSpace Fonts Sans Serif Fonts Serif Fonts Other Fonts
Courier New Calibri Times New Roman Webdings
Lucida Console Arial Garamond Wingdings
Consolas Segoe UI Rockwell Symbol
Lucida Sans Typewriter Century Gothic Palatino Linotype NsimSun
Meiryo
Malgun Gothic
 To change the size of the text, click on either the increase  or decrease  font size icons that are on the main toolbar in Plaintext.            
Translate text options
       

If your text is in Plaintext already (following the steps outlined above), copy your text from one of the notes you are using.

Go to the Translate tab  .

Below the main toolbar, you will see the following options To English from Auto-Detect Microsoft as shown below:

To change the language that you want to translate to, click on where it says English. This will bring you to a dropdown menu where you can select your preferred language. Once this is selected, paste your text, and this will be automatically translated to your chosen language. This is shown below:

 

 

 

You can have many translations to the same text in Plaintext. For example, if you have the Translate tab open and you want to translate a piece of text from your Word document into French, Spanish and Russian. First, you can select the language that you want the piece translated to. Select your text and drag this into the Translate section of Plaintext. You will see that it is automatically translated into the language that you have selected. See the example below:

 

When you're copying text into the Translate section, it is set up to Auto-Detect the language that is being copied over. You can change this, by clicking on the Auto-Detect word and selecting the language that you want to translate from.  

Two providers are used when translating the text. The first, which is also the default is Microsoft, and the second being Google. You can change provider by clicking on the word Microsoft. This will bring you to a drop down menu where you can select Google.

Find & Replace

After pasting or dragging and dropping some text content into Plaintext, you might want to find a particular word and replace it with a different one.

To access this, go to the triple bar menu icon  and select Find & Replace, use the shortcut Ctrl+F or click on the Find icon  in the main toolbar.

This will open the Find & Replace functionality which will be directly below the main toolbar. You will see two textboxes with two icons to the right of these, as shown below:

 

 

You will see that you can type in a word in the Find textbox (see above where the word 'any' was typed in). 

To the right of this textbox, you will see a 1/1. This means that first 'any' is highlighted in the text, and that it appears only once in the text.

If you select Match case you will match only words that have the same case. For example, if you have any with a capital (upper case) "a", in your text, and you search the word "any", the word with the capitalized A won't be found.

If you select Match whole word, you will only match the exact word that you type into the Find textbox.

The Replace icon will find the word that you have typed in the Find text box for that word in the Replace textbox. You can replace all the words that you have found by clicking on the Replace All button.   

SpellCheck

Another feature of Plaintext is that you can check the spelling of your text.

Click on the Check spelling icon . This will run spell check on your text. Any word that appears incorrectly spelled, it will underline it. Right-click on this will provide you with some spelling suggestions and an option to ignore.

Undo and Redo an action

If you have deleted some of your text by accident, you can recover it by clicking on the Undo icon located in the main toolbar (see below):

If you want to redo that action, click on the Redo icon.

Add a timestamp to your note

To add a time stamp to your notes, go to the main toolbar and click on the Timestamp icon. This will insert the current time and date at the position of the cursor.

Alternatively, go to the triple bar menu and select Add timestamp or use the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T.

Wrap and unwrap your text

The text in Plaintext will be wrapped by default. To unwrap this, click on the wrap icon located in the main toolbar (see below).

Alternatively, you can click on the triple bar menu and select Unwrap text.

Saving your Plaintext as a textfile

When you have completed the edits of your text, whether it was used a formatting or translating tool, you can save your work as a text file.

To do this, click on the Save icon in the main toolbar (shown below). Alternatively you can click on the triple bar icon and select Save. This will prompt you to save your material in a location of your choice.

  

 

 


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