Terry's TMG Tips

Centering and Indenting Text

This page updated 12 Dec 2011

Version note: Applies to TMG 8 & 9

The Center and Left Indent (Block Indent) format options described in this article can be very useful in a variety of situations, but perhaps most commonly when including a quotation from an obituary, news article, or the like. They are also useful in formatting Introductions and Conclusion sections, as described in my Journal Introduction and Conclusion article.

Both formats can only be applied to whole paragraphs of output text, and automatically set off the text enclosed in the codes into a separate paragraph. Like most formatting codes, they can be typed in or selected from the right-click menu in the Memo and Sentence fields. If the desired text is entered first, then selected, the right-click menu applies the codes at the beginning and end of the selected text. They use the following forms:

Centering – most often used for titles:

[CENTER:]This text will be centered.[:CENTER]

Left Indent – also known as block indent, is often used for a larger quotation:

[LIND:]This text will be indented on the left side.[:LIND]

This leads to the following considerations:

The following example of a newspaper clipping we might want to quote shows how these codes might be used:

   The following newspaper report of her wedding appeared 5 Nov 1905:

Schoolday Love Leads to Wedding
Miss Irma Sander, Handsome Heiress, Becomes Mrs. Howard Fenker
Cupid Undaunted Through College and Business Separated the Lovers
Romance That Began in Intermediate School Led to the Bridal Affair

Back of the quiet wedding Wednesday night of beautiful Irma Sander, daughter of Adolph Sander, millionaire pork packer, of 3430 Brookline avenue, Clifton, and Howard Fenker, 930 West Ninth street, has developed a romance dainty enough to have formed the plot of a piece of fiction. Miss Sander and her young husband, who are now on their honeymoon trip, met when they attended the First Intermediate. Howard and Irma were "sweethearts" those days and when they entered Hughes High school in the same class the romance grew apace. The boy and girl were ardent lovers all through High school, and the fact that Miss Irma was the daughter of wealthy and admiring parents and had a social career in prospect didn't make a difference with the lovers. Irma was elected the captain of the girl's basket ball team, and Howard was made the captain of the Hughes football team. Both the "captains" graduated in the class of 1902 of old Hughes. Mr. Fenker entered the business world, and Irma went off to Baltimore to school. But the love of yesteryear did not fade, and a steady correspondence was maintained, and the wedding Wednesday was the result. Mr. Fenker and his bride have fitted up a dainty flat in Avondale.

This text was generated with the following Sentence:

[:CR:][:TAB:]The following newspaper report of her wedding appeared< in the [LCI]><, [LS]>< [LD]>< [D] >:[:CR:][M]

The contents of the Memo show how the center and left indent codes were applied:

[CENTER:]Schoolday Love Leads to Wedding[:CENTER]
[CENTER:]Miss Irma Sander, Handsome Heiress, Becomes Mrs. Howard Fenker[:CENTER]
[CENTER:]Cupid Undaunted Through College and Business Separated the Lovers[:CENTER]
[CENTER:]Romance That Began in Intermediate School Led to the Bridal Affair[:CENTER][:CR:]
[LIND:]Back of the quiet wedding Wednesday night of beautiful Irma Sander, daughter of Adolph Sander, millionaire pork packer, of 3430 Brookline avenue, Clifton, and Howard Fenker, 930 West Ninth street, has developed a romance dainty enough to have formed the plot of a piece of fiction. Miss Sander and her young husband, who are now on their honeymoon trip, met when they attended the First Intermediate. Howard and Irma were "sweethearts" those days and when they entered Hughes High school in the same class the romance grew apace. The boy and girl were ardent lovers all through High school, and the fact that Miss Irma was the daughter of wealthy and admiring parents and had a social career in prospect didn't make a difference with the lovers. Irma was elected the captain of the girl's basket ball team, and Howard was made the captain of the Hughes football team. Both the "captains" graduated in the class of 1902 of old Hughes. Mr. Fenker entered the business world, and Irma went off to Baltimore to school. But the love of yesteryear did not fade, and a steady correspondence was maintained, and the wedding Wednesday was the result. Mr. Fenker and his bride have fitted up a dainty flat in Avondale[:LIND]

Some observations on this application:


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