How do I constrain my text?

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My page is too wide. How do constrain the margins of my text. I dont seem to have any control over it.
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Hi Tiggs

You can set the margins of your text via the Properties sidebar. You will see 4 boxes that allow you to set the top, bottom and side margins. See the attached screenshot.

Let us know if this doesn't work for you.

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when I change that margin, the text width stays the same, but every thing around it i.e images get pushed further away. the final result is content on a browser that you have to scroll sideways to see everything.
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Would it be possible for you to post a link to your site, so that I can take a closer look at the problem?
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http://lpanyc2009.org/

I want the image links on the right, to come more in line with the page banner, but the text won't resize.
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Here is a way to manipulate your text...

Place a "2 column" widget on your page, and place your text into the left or right side depending which way you want to move it. (this will work with images also)

Click and hold mouse button on the center bar in 2 column widget, and drag it left or right to re-size the columns, and align your text as needed.

You can also place another 2 column widget into one side, or both sides, or place a third inside of the second... or various combos to fit your needs.

You can use a text widget with no text in it to create blank space above and below the other text blocks. Just place a text widget, click to enter text, but don't type anything, just save it empty, or hit "enter on your keyboard to make a bigger empty space.

Save often, and look at the page in "preview" to make adjustments

If you look at my "links" page you can see the end result. That page has about 35 different text, 2 column, and 2 column within 2 column widgets, empty text widgets and image widgets to get the placement you see.

http://guidographics.synthasite.com

If you play with it a little, it will make sense.

If this helps you accomplish what you want, please mark this reply as helpful. Thanks.
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Thanks Guido, great advice!!
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Guido Graphics

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My pleasure... and thank you for the help with the gadgets! All better now.
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Thanks for trying guys its not working. I had to delete everthing I typed and insert a new text widget and retype it.
I still have a page on my site where you can see that I dont have much text but it
flows all the way across the page. On my edit page, the column is as thin as it can get, but it doesn't affect the actual preview.

I don't know.
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Hello Tiggs,
So your site builder is looking different than the actual page? Can you post a link to the page that is having this problem so we can take a look.

Emmy
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just out of curiosity... are you using firefox or Internet explorer? are you entering the text on the page or copying and pasting from a different program?
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Tiggs

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I'm using firefox. I'm typing the text in.

here is a page on my site I'm talking about.

http://lpanyc2009.org/partners.php
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Ok, I took a look at that page. Just so I am clear, do you have multiple two column widgets on the page on top of each other? Such as two column widget; and on one side your put an image widget and on the other side a text widget, then for then next picture and bio you did the same thing beneath it.
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Hello Tiggs,

Your site is admirable.

I'm intrigued :) How did you get your images placed on the right hand side of your text?Is it a style you chose or something else?

Is it a single composite image?

Last question: Is the style of your page a blog or standard web page?

These may provide a clue.
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Thanks Peter. A LOT of work.

I'm using the clean slate template I believe, no blog pages. All I'm doing is using the "1" layout and using the two column widgets stacked one inside the other to get the positioning I want. I've tried altering the margins but I see that only increases/decreases the space between widgets, not the content inside.
Right now I have the middle divider in a "two column" widget dragged accross the reduce how far the text goes across the screen. In the builder it looks a long stem paragraph, but on the website as you can see it's not contrained.
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here is a screenshot of my sitebuilder

screenshot
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Peter

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I'll take a guess here Tiggs,

I suspect that it's to do with the cameo images on the LHS.

I can see that you have stacked the images in effect one above the other in the first of the two column widget.

How would you feel about duplicating this page on a test page and rather than using a single widget for all the entries breaking it into blocks. You have seven people featured so 7 blocks of the two in two widgets.

You will hate me if I'm wrong.

OK, why not try just two people for the trial? I'd be happy to try it for you but the real thing can make a difference also. {maybe some rogue code got through somewhere into the section.}
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Hi Tiggs - I only noticed this thread now. When I view the source of the page http://lpanyc2009.org/partners.php, I notice that there's a lot of code that's been copied over from MS Word. Did you copy and paste text from MS Word directly?

Doing this can bring hidden formatting issues to the page and do all kinds of weird things to your content. We recommend that you first paste the text into something like Notepad and then copy and paste it into your text widget.

We apologise for this, but it's a common problem with pasting text from Word onto web-based applications and something that we're working on fixing.

Can you delete the existing text widgets and then re-add it to your page following the steps above. If this doesn't work for you, please let me know.
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Tiggs

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I was copying and pasting into the text widget only so I could re-type the details to get correct formating. Once I did that, I deleted the text I had copy&pasted. I'm sure the formatting wasn't getting deleted as well. Anyway thanks all for your input. Now I just have to go and re-type ALL those profiles.
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I fit's not to late... Copy and past it into note pad. Delete the old text box. Copy it again from note pad and paste it in a new text box.

Better than retyping it all.