Getting Started

Moving Block Elements

Being able to move content quickly is one of the benefits of structured authoring in Paligo. When you move a block element, you move the selected element and all of its "child" elements too. A good example is a procedure, where if you move the procedure element, you move the procedure element and all of its "child" step and para elements in one action.

To move most types of block elements, you can use:

  • The options in the Element Structure Menu.

  • Keyboard shortcuts.

Table rows are different as you can only move those by using keyboard shortcuts (see Moving Table Rows).

When you are moving block elements, it's important to note that you can only move an element up or down at the same level in the overall topic structure. This is by design, as it ensures that you do not move elements into positions where they are not allowed. For example, you can move a step in a procedure up or down in the procedure order, but you cannot move the step outside of the procedure.

Tip

It's worth taking the time to learn the keyboard shortcuts. When you master those, you will be able to move your block elements around very quickly.

To move a block element up or down:

  1. Select the element you want to move.

    You can see which element is currently selected by looking at the Element Structure Menu. The element furthest to the right is the currently selected element. If you want to select one of its "parent" elements, select it in the Element Structure Menu and then select Go to Element.

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  2. Either:

    • Select the name of the element in the Element Structure Menu and choose Move up or Move down, depending on the direction you want to move the element.

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    • Use the keyboard shortcuts to move the element.

      Move up is AltShift on Windows and Option ⌥ Shift ⇧ on Mac.

      Move down is AltShift on Windows and Option ⌥ Shift ⇧ on Mac.

Moving Table Rows

You can use keyboard shortcuts to move table rows up or down.

  1. Place the cursor in a table cell in the row you want to move.

    It's important that the cursor is in the td element of the cell and not in a para or other element inside the cell. Check the Element Structure Menu to see that you have the cursor in the correct place (the td element should be the last element on the right):

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  2. Use the keyboard shortcuts to move the element.

    Move up is AltShift on Windows and Option ⌥ Shift ⇧ on Mac.

    Move down is AltShift on Windows and Option ⌥ Shift ⇧ on Mac.