Format overrides

A text formatting change that doesn’t match the predefined format of the text is usually a format override. An asterisk (*) indicates an override when it appears next to the tag in the Tag area and in the Paragraph Format pop‑up menu on the formatting bar. If you use the catalog formats to maintain consistency in a document, avoid overrides.

If you’re formatting one-time-only unstructured documents, format overrides pose no problem. For example, perhaps you want a particular Body paragraph to function as a memo title without having to define and apply a new Title format.

When updating the catalog format, you can retain format overrides by replacing them with separate formats using File > Utilities > Create And Apply Formats.

Note: When you apply font formatting to parts of a paragraph, that formatting is not considered an override to the paragraph format unless you apply it to the entire paragraph.

Remove format rule overrides in structured documents

 Do one of the following:
  • In the appropriate document or book, choose File > Import > Element Definitions. Then choose Current from the Import From Document pop-up menu. Select While Updating, Remove Format Rule Overrides, and click Import.

  • Select the element in the Structure View. Select the same element in the Element Catalog and click Change. This removes overrides from the element and all its descendants.

To remove format rule overrides quickly throughout a document, remove them from the highest-level element.

Text with symbol fonts in structured documents

FrameMaker does not remove a format rule override that involves a stored character format using the Symbol or Zapf Dingbats font. For example, if your document has text with a character format called MathExample that uses the Symbol font, this formatting remains in place even after you remove format rule overrides.

This behavior prevents special characters and symbols from being lost. To manually remove the override, select the text and choose Format > Characters > Default Paragraph Font.

Object elements in structured documents

Elements that are a single object, such as a cross-reference or an equation, also can have format rules. The rules provide a preselected setting, such as a cross-reference format or an equation size, for new instances of the element. You can change this setting for an element, but the change is not considered to be an override. Reapplying the format rules has no effect on these elements.